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PhD Molecular Toxicology

Catalog id : 0368
 Course Level
Full Time

3.25 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

31011.74 USD
15909.74 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 90 USD
School of Public Health
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)85
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)704

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Course Requirements

  • First-year students may take either Molecular Biology 254A-254B in (Fall) and Molecular Biology 254C-254D in (Winter) OR Molecular and Medical Pharmacology M252 (Fall) and Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology M262 (Winter). Students should select between these two series in consultation with their graduate adviser. In Spring Quarter students take Environmental Health Sciences C240 and Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics C234 (or an equivalent ethics course). In all quarters of the first year students take a three-unit seminar Molecular Toxicology 211A (Fall) 211B (Winter), and 211C (Spring), and a six-unit laboratory rotation Molecular Toxicology (596) within the department of a faculty sponsor. Students must attain a grade of B- or better in all core courses and must pass all core courses (excluding courses offered every other year) within two years of entering the program unless there are mitigating circumstances that prevent this; such cases are reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee.
  • In the second or subsequent year, students take Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 237 and in Winter Quarter of their second or third year, students take Molecular Toxicology M242. Also, starting with the second year, students spend most of their time on dissertation research.
  • All students are required to take one epidemiology course,unless the student has passed a course in epidemiology while an undergraduate or Master's student. This course can be Epidemiology 100 or another epidemiology course that is relevant to the student's area of research interest.
  • In addition to the course requirements listed here, students are expected to complete Molecular Toxicology 596, 597, and/or 599 during quarters in which research (596, 599) or study for written or oral examinations (597) is part of the program. Molecular Toxicology 596 is for students who have not passed their oral examinations; 599 is for those who have passed their oral examinations

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The general requirement for admission for a U.S. student is a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California. A scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better is required or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used—for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study.
  • Degrees which are not considered comparable include those granted on the basis of work completed at institutions which are not fully accredited and those granted on the basis of non-academic prior learning, test scores, or other than organized supervised coursework in academic subjects.
  • An international student whose post-secondary education is completed outside of the U.S. is expected to hold a degree representing completion of at least four years of study with above average scholarship from a university or university-level institution.
  • Minimum scores in TOEFL(on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.) and IELTS(7.0)
  • Applicants should have an excellent record, perform satisfactorily on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), have completed a minimum of a four-unit undergraduate course in statistics, and be acceptable to the admissions committee.

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Course Modules

The candidate will be offered the following graduate courses

  • 211A. Molecular Toxicology Seminar
  • 211B. Molecular Toxicology Seminar
  • 211C. Molecular Toxicology Seminar
  • M241. Introduction to Chemical Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • M242. Toxicodynamics
  • M247. Advanced Concepts in Gene-Environment Interactions
  • 296A. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Chemical Toxicology
  • 296B. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Molecular Carcinogenesis
  • 296C. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Teratogenesis
  • 296D. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Molecular Topics in Boron Biology
  • 296E. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Germ Cell Cytogenetic/Genetic Biomarkers
  • 296F. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Genetic Toxicology
  • 296G. Research Topics in Molecular Toxicology: Laboratory Analysis
  • 375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum
  • 596. Directed Individual Study or Research
  • 597. Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations
  • 599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research


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How to Apply

  • Choose a program that is right for you.Once you have decided to apply, check the academic requirements and proceed online.
  • If you are applying to UCLA as a graduate student for the first time, or if you have applied before but were not admitted, complete all parts of the application. For the graduate program, the application is considered only if it is applied through the link provided.
  • The decisions will be announced starting in February and continuing throughout summer. Then decide and accept the program.

Materials to Be Uploaded or Sent to the Department:

  • Transcripts- One official copy of yError! Hyperlink reference not valid.our transcripts should be sent directly from the registrars of the academic institutions you have attended
  • Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation- 3
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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