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Spring admission for this program is for those with an advanced degree. If you believe you qualify to apply for the spring semester you can either send your transcripts to the Director of Graduate Studies for her to evaluate or you may submit your application with a spring start date and she will reach out to you if there are any questions or concerns. The Director of Graduate Studies’ information is at the bottom of this webpage.

All applications must follow the procedural requirements of the University of Kentucky Graduate School and must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. The online application form for the Graduate School may be accessed below. When applying via the Graduate School Online Application, make sure to select the program from the drop-down menu.

We are not able to accept international students for the Fall 2020 semester. We anticipate expanding enrollment to international students starting the Fall 20201 semester.

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An undergraduate bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a related field of study from an accredited university is preferred. However, students with other bachelor’s degrees or the equivalent from an accredited university will be considered if they are judged to be highly competitive and have completed foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry, biology or related fields.

No GRE is required for admission to the program.

Required documents for the application include:

  • 2-3 letters of recommendation. Provide the names and contact information of individuals who are familiar with your undergraduate and graduate coursework, research, employment, etc.
  • A personal statement indicating professional interests, qualifications, and goals for program study and career goals.
  • A CV indicating education, any academic honors/accomplishments, research-related experience (publications and presentations), laboratory experience, skills, and relevant work experience.
Isabel Mellon, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology
859-257-6253 or