Online MS / Program Admissions

Applying for our online program offerings is basically a four step process.

Step 1: Apply

To Apply to the MS in Pharmacology & Toxicology, the PSM in Integrative Pharmacology OR the Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology:

Begin by applying online at the Michigan State University, Office of Admissions website:

Under "Major Preferences", use one of the following program codes. (Use of another major code may slow down the progress of your application.)

  • "4216 - MS in Integrative Pharmacology"
  • "4176 - MS in Pharmacology & Toxicology"
  • "4218 - Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology"

A GRE score is not required, however you are welcome to provide that information.

Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by these dates:

  • Fall semester: June 1st
  • Summer semester: February 1st
  • Spring semester: October 1st

Application Fee

The application fee is collected at the end of the online application process. Prior to paying the application fee, you may log back into your saved application to make changes. However, once you submit your application, any changes will need to be done through this office. You will then have access to a student 'portal' to monitor your application's progress at:

Step 2: Compose a Statement

Your personal/academic (purpose) statement can be included on the electronic application in the area provided, or it may be submitted separately; either approach is fine. If you choose to submit it separately from your application, please just enter “sending separately” on your electronic application.

If you are ready to forward your statement, you may:

It can be one personal statement, and one academic statement; or a combined statement outlining your personal/academic background. Please ensure that your name and contact information appear on the document (putting in the header or footer is always a good choice).

This statement is the primary way for you to introduce yourself to the committee members that will be evaluating your application; it should be succinct, with a good balance of personal, academic and professional information.


Step 3: Transcripts

Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Student Office of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology:

Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Michigan State University
1355 Bogue Street, Room B-305
Student Office, Life Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1317

Electronic Transcripts

If supplying electronic (downloadable) transcripts, they must be directed to Please notify the student office of any electronic transcript requests you have placed, so we may monitor their arrival.

International Transcripts

Official Copies of all undergraduate and/or graduate Transcripts (noting the degree received) must be directed to this office (or the University’s Office of Admissions) directly from the granting institution.

Credentialing Services

These companies evaluate your transcripts, providing an American institution with valuable information about your educational background and its equivalence to a degree issued by a domestic educational institution. Please request a course-by-course evaluation. Examples of companies that offer these services, include (but are not limited to):

Transcripts must be in English, or accompanied by an English translation.

APPLICANTS FROM CHINESE UNIVERSITIES: Please review the information on the MSU website for guidelines.

Please note that we do not offer provisional admission to this online program

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (LORs) are required to apply to our two online MS programs; NOT three as noted in some areas (Graduate School website, for instance). However, no LORs are required to apply to the Graduate Certificate Program.

Submitting LOR's

Electronically submitted by authors

Once you have completed your application, submitted it, and paid the application fee, you may login to the graduate student portal and send out requests to the authors of your LOR from there: (login is located in the upper right corner of the web page).

This will take you to the graduate student portal, where you can login to check the status of your online application (you will need your application number and password that you created during the application process).

After logging in, click on “Letters of Recommendation” in the upper right area of the page. Enter the email addresses of those authors you wish to have send an LOR in for consideration.

This process will email the authors a request for their LOR on your behalf, and provide them with a unique URL link to click on, which will allow them to visit the site and upload their letter (they do not have to create an account to do so).


LOR's can be emailed to our Academic Office ( by the authors (they may NOT come through you) - these must be accompanied by the cover sheet that is available from within the Graduate Portal (which you will be given access to, once your application has been completely submitted). 


LOR's can be physically mailed directly to our office.

Who do you request LOR's from?

That would depend upon your background. Some suggestions are: current or former professors, employers (supervisory level) and other professionals who are able to supply letters assessing your academic background/performance, critical thinking, analytical and writing skills objectively.

Plan Ahead

Allow your authors at least one month to prepare and compose their letter. Don’t rush them, and be sure to provide them with the application deadline.

Be Organized and Pro-Active

Consider providing each author with a folder that includes information about you that will allow them to compose a detailed letter. Items to consider including for their resource are your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts and a copy of your purpose statement.

Be sure to follow up with a thank you note to your authors. Networks are a key to success in any professional field – and this is an opporunity for you to establish yours.