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Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kansas. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in pharmacology and toxicology should have an excellent undergraduate record in a relevant field of study (B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or related area). Students seriously considering graduate studies in the department are also strongly encouraged to gain some undergraduate research experience. Please click on the appropriate link to view the faculty and their research, resources, student profiles and other information about the department.

Should you find our department of interest, an application for admission to the Graduate Studies Office must be completed on-line with the appropriate fees submitted. The Graduate Studies Office will then forward your application to our department for review. To complete your application, please submit the following materials directly to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the address listed below.

All applications must include:

  • a resume or curriculum vita, preferably detailing any previous research experience
  • official transcripts of all collegiate study (please note that KU requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for regular graduate admission)
  • an official copy of the results from the Graduate Record Examination (please note that these results must be no more than 3 years old)
  • three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or direct supervisors
  • a 1-2 page personal statement outlining your research experience and describing why you would like to pursue graduate study in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English proficiency before gaining admission to a graduate program. Unofficial copies of GRE and TOEFL scores may be provided but admission cannot be offered without receipt of official copies of these results from the testing agencies. (Please note that KU requires all international applicants requesting F-1 visas to have minimum TOEFL scores of a 20 in each section, a minimum overall IELTS score of a 6.0 (with no part below 5.5) OR a minimum overall PTE score of 55 (with no part below 50). See the green "Regular Admission" category in this chart: http://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements)

Once your application is complete, it will be evaluated in January/February (for the Ph.D. program) or March/April (for the M.S. program) for potential admission to the program in August of that year. The department does not consider admission for the spring semester. The department endeavors to admit at least 4 Ph.D. students per class but availability of funds and space also determines the final number of students who can be admitted to the program each year. Admitted Ph.D. students are provided paid tuition and financial support to cover living expenses for the duration of study given that they remain in good academic standing. M.S. students must provide their own source of funding for tuition, fees & living expenses.

Completed applications for admission should be filed no later than January 15 for the Ph.D. program to ensure full consideration for financial support. M.S. program applications are accepted through April 30th.

The application fees are:
Domestic student applying on-line: $65
International student applying on-line: $85

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All applicants will need to submit official copies of transcripts/test scores to:
University of Kansas
Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Studies
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 5064 Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572


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