Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Air Quality
  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Biochemical Toxicology
  • Cancer Research
  • Cellular Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food Safety
  • Nutritional Toxicology
  • Insect Toxicology
  • Neurotoxicology
  • Pesticide Research
  • Cellular Toxicology, Molecular and Genetic Toxicology
  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Veterinary Toxicology
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Develop competence in Toxicology literature review and understanding
  • Develop critical thinking skills required for Toxicological research
  • Develop oral and written communication skills in the field of Toxicology and learn to communicate Toxicology-related material to broader audiences via poster and/or platform presentation
  • Develop skills and learn analytical techniques to conduct, analyze and interpret hypothesis-driven Toxicological research questions
  • Develop awareness of the societal (ethical, socio-economic, regulatory) responsibilities of toxicologists
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.7 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Caitlin Trom
Phone: 515-294-2440
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Interdepartmental Toxicology
    2008 Veterinary Medicine
    1800 Christensen Drive
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1079

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Statement of previous research experience; and statement of present research interests that you wish to pursue at Iowa State (may be one document)
  • We would appreciate it if your supplemental materials (resume, research experience, research interests) were submitted as a pdf into the on-line application system.
  • If you are unable to upload the supplement information, you may send to
  • Program Requires GRE: Yes
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    For best opportunities for admission, apply for Fall by sending in your complete application no later than February 1. We accept applications year around if funding is available.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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