Admissions

Admission to the Molecular Toxicology program is based on a variety of factors, including academic achievement and relevant experience. We practice holistic admissions- each part of the application is important and thoroughly reviewed.

Applicants with a background in the biological sciences and lab experience are best suited for the Molecular Toxicology program. While there are no set prerequisites, we look for the coursework in calculus, general and organic chemistry, biology, biochemistry, etc. Because this program is designed to develop research scientists, it is also important that applicants are familiar with an experimental lab setting.

Application Guide

Application deadline for Fall 2015 is December 1, 2014. (We do not accept applications for Spring semester.) Your application and all the supporting documents should be submitted prior to the deadline. To apply to one of our graduate programs, please submit:

1. Application

Submit Online Graduate Application no later than December 1, 2014. When completing your application, make sure to include the following:

  • The names of NST faculty whose research is of particular interest to you. Please note that not all faculty listed are accepting students into their labs every year. Inquire with specific faculty. There is also opportunity to work with faculty that are not in the NST department. See: Molecular Toxicology Graduate Group.
  • Statement of Purpose. In your statement, describe any relevant research experience and your vision for the graduate school. In addition, please address the following question: "What challenges do you foresee for yourself in graduate school, and how do you plan to overcome them?"

2. Transcripts

Upload unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcripts within your online application. If admitted to the program you will be required to submit official transcripts.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required to support your application. The letters should come from persons who have supervised your research or academic work. Letters of recommendation need to be uploaded electronically. You will find all the instructions when completing your online application.

Additional Requirements

Graduate Requirement Examination (GRE)

We do not require a subject test — only general GRE. Your scores should be submitted no later than the November 30th application deadline and be no older than 5 years. We have no minimum score requirement. All scores are viewed competitively on a year-to-year basis. For information about the GRE, please go to the GRE website

  • The institution code is 4833
  • The department code is 0214 or searchable under "nutrition"

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received a degree from an English language institution, are required to show proficiency with the English language. The applicant must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 570 for the paper test or 233 for the Computer Based Test (CBT) or at least 68 for the Internet-based test (iBT). Further and more complete information on this requirement can be found on the Graduate Division's Admissions Requirements webpage. Tests taken before June 1, 2011 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley. The department code is 77.

If you have any questions, contact us at moltox@berkeley.edu.