Distance M.S. Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology


  1. Apply to our Distance Master’s degree program via the online application form found here: http://graduate.ku.edu/ku-graduate-application
  2. Submit a 1-page personal statement outlining your research experience and describing why you would like to pursue graduate study in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  3. Submit a resume or Curriculum Vita
  4. Request official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination to be sent to KU (please use code: 6871-0216)
  5. Request official copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions to be sent to KU
  6. Request two (2) Letters of Recommendation, preferably from professors or direct supervisors
  7. Request one (1) Letter of Sponsorship from a supervisor or mentor at your remote site who is willing and able to oversee the formulation and progression of your thesis research project (which will take place in a laboratory to which you have access)
  8. (for international applicants and domestic non-native English speakers) Submit proof of English proficiency in the form of official TOEFL (iBT), IELTS (Academic), or PTE scores (KU minimum requirements can be found here: http://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements)

Materials submitted for application to the program will be reviewed by an admissions committee composed of faculty from the department. If accepted, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will serve as the student’s academic adviser and the program executive committee will oversee academic progress of each student. The advisor will assist the student in planning the program of study that is related to the student’s interests and professional goals, and fulfills college and university requirements.

Overall grade point average (GPA): A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Special attention is given to the grades achieved in science courses relevant to the program (e.g., cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, or statistics).

GRE score: The most competitive applicants tend to have minimum GRE scores of 148 in each of the Verbal and Quantitative areas and 3.0 in the Analytic area.

English Proficiency scores for international applicants: For the TOEFL exam, the University of Kansas requires a minimum score of a 23 in the reading, listening & writing sections. For the IELTS (academic) exam, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least a 6.0 in listening, reading & writing. For the PTE exam, we require a minimum overall score of 58, with no part of the score below 53 in listening, reading & writing.

Letters of recommendation:

  • Two letters of recommendation and one letter of sponsorship describing the student's ability and capability are required. 
  • It is preferable that these letters be obtained from faculty members, direct supervisors or instructors well-acquainted with your research and/or academic work.
  • These letters should provide a thorough assessment of the student's experience in laboratory research, ability to communicate in verbal and written English, motivation and creativity, and other qualities in the student's academic performance.
  • Current or former professors, employers (supervisory level) and other professionals who are able to assess your academic background/performance, critical thinking, analytical and writing skills objectively should write the letters.
  • Plan ahead. Allow your authors at least one month to prepare and compose their letters
  • Be organized and pro-active. Consider providing each author with a folder that includes information about you that will allow them to compose a detailed letter
  • Items to consider including for their resource: (1) A copy of your purpose statement, (2) unofficial transcripts, (3) your CV / resume
  • Letters can be physically mailed directly to our office at: Graduate Studies, Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, The University of Kansas, 1251 Wescoe Hall Dr., 5064 Malott, Lawrence, KS, 66045-7572
  • or emailed directly to our Academic Office (pharmtox@ku.edu) by the authors (they may NOT come through the applicant).
  • or emailed to the Director of the Distance Master’s Degree Program, Dr. Rick T. Dobrowsky at: dobrowsky@ku.edu

Financial Aid: Students who are accepted into the University of Kansas Distance Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology are not eligible for institutional financial aid. Total costs for tuition and fees are $1,000 per credit hour.

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