Veterinary Medical Sciences (Specialization in Forensic Toxicology)

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Now in its second decade, the University of Florida's award winning Forensic Science Master’s Program is the world's largest and most prestigious forensic science program, with over 1,000 graduates. With four master's degrees and five specialized graduate certificates, our online forensic science graduate program covers a wide array of topics in a format that is designed to fit your busy schedule. Taught by award-winning faculty, you will connect with students and alumni from around the globe through online, interactive discussion boards and forums. Learn more about our forensic science graduate programs today and investigate the possibilities.

This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:

  • Crime laboratories
  • Medical Examiners Offices
  • Police departments
  • Criminal defense and prosecution attorneys
  • Hospital and Clinical Chemistry Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • High school science teachers

The diploma will state Master of Science issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. The transcripts will read Master of Science, graduation date, major Veterinary Medical Sciences, concentration Forensic Toxicology.

Forensic Toxicology Master’s Program - Course Overview

Core-Required Courses

Core-Required Courses must be completed before your final semester and should be completed before the Required Courses.

  • VME 6613Forensic Toxicology I
  • VME 6614Forensic Toxicology II
  • VME 6766Laboratory QA/QC
  • VME 6602General Toxicology
  • PHA 6425Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
  • VME 6605Toxic Substances

Required Courses

Required Courses can be taken in any order and any semester, however, Literature Survey and Special Topics must be taken in your final semester.

  • VME 6650Mammalian Pharmacology
  • PHA 6935Applied Statistics for Data Analysis
  • VME 6934Forensic Medicine I
  • VME 6604Literature Survey of Forensic Toxicology
  • VME 6934Special Topics in Forensic Toxicology (on location in Gainesville)

Elective Courses

Elective courses can be taken in addition to the previous 32 credits. They can be taken before graduation or completed in your final semester. These courses are not required and can be taken in any order.

  • PHA 68502Principles of Forensic Science
  • PHA 69351Forensic Medicine II
Baccalaureate degree in a science subject from an accredited institutionAn upper-division GPA of 3.0 (B grade) or betterThe GRE is required and the total score is taken into account with other factors such as undergraduate GPA, grades on other graduate courses and experience. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Financial Aid Eligibility

Master's students are eligible for private and federal loans. Nondegree seeking and certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid but might be eligible for private loans. Please contact our Financial Aid Coordinator about possible private student loan eligibility.

Students seeking Federal Student Loans should complete must complete their:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application as early as possible.
  • Financial aid applicants are responsible for ensuring the timely completion of several steps through FAFSA and UF's Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) in order for funds to be disbursed by the tuition due date.

Minimum credits for eligibility for financial aid:

  • Fall & Spring = 5 credits
  • Summer = 4 credits

For more information or questions contact the Pharmacy Financial Aid Coordinator.


Forensic Science Programs

Winner of the Award of Excellence in Distance Education, the University of Florida provides online master's degrees, certificates and continuing education courses in the forensic sciences.

We provide many educational options, whether you wish to pursue a master's degree program or graduate certificate. Explore our programs page to learn more about our robust curriculum opportunities and expand your career.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.

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