Graduate Programs: Toxicology

Graduate Programs: Toxicology

The Toxicology Program at UMES offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees as part of the USM toxicology programs. The mission of the toxicology program is to provide educational and professional training in mechanistic and applied fields of environmental and mammalian toxicology. Students in the program conduct research to evaluate the harmful effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents on living organisms; investigate the mechanisms of toxicity and the prevention of chemically induced diseases; and provide data to support risk assessment and environmental protection.

Careers in local, state, and federal agencies; industry; and public interest groups are supported. Master’s degrees can be earned by completing 24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of original thesis research, and successfully defending the master’s thesis. Those who anticipate further study can complete 30 credits of specified coursework, a disciplinary exam, and write a scholarly paper to complete a master’s degree. The Ph.D. requires 30 credits of coursework, satisfactory performance on comprehensive exams, and completion of at least 12 credits of doctoral research followed by the successful defense of the doctoral thesis. There are three areas of specialization from which the student may choose: chemical carcinogenesis, environmental toxicology, neurotoxicology, and molecular & mechanistic toxicology.  

General Information and Program Overview

The UMES toxicology program is part of the University System of Maryland’s (USM) Program which encompasses faculty and resources on the campuses in Baltimore, College Park, Baltimore County, the Eastern Shore, and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the USM Center for Environmental Science. Courses taught at USM campuses may be available to toxicology program students through inter-institutional enrollment. 

The comprehensive website for the toxicology program (all participating units) is:

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