Master's in Forensic Toxicology

Master's in Forensic ToxicologyThe Forensic Toxicology concentration is provided by the College of Veterinary Medicine. It focuses on general and advanced principles of toxicology, forensic toxicology and drug metabolism providing a strong foundation in analytical techniques, pharmacokinetics, drug elimination and toxicology. Modules in forensic pharmacology, doping control, postmortem toxicology, expert testimony and QA/QC procedures are also featured. 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.

Application Information

Master's Degree Application

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.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I 3 x   x
VME 6614 Forensic Toxicology II 3 x x  
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
VME 6602 General Toxicology 3 x   x
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 x   x
VME 6605 Toxic Substances 3 x x  

Recommended Course Order

Note: Forensic Toxicology 1 must be taken before Forensic Toxicology 2.

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.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology 4 x x
PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis 3 x x x
VME 6934 Forensic Medicine I 4 x x x
VME 6604 Literature Survey of Forensic Toxicology 2 x x x
VME 6934 Special Topics in Forensic Toxicology (on location in Gainesville) 1 x x x

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.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 68502 Principles of Forensic Science 3 x x x
PHA 69351 Forensic Medicine II 4 x   x

Recommended Course Order

The following is a recommended course order for Forensic Toxicology:

  • Forensic Toxicology 1 should be taken before Forensic Toxicology 2.
  • General Toxicology is recommended before Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity and Toxic Substances.
  • Forensic Medicine 1 should be taken before Forensic Medicine 2.
  • Lab QA/QC and Applied Statistics for Data Analysis can be taken anytime.
  • Special Topics and Literature Survey should be taken in the final semester.

Course Syllabus Catalog

The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.

Requirements To Earn Degree

32 credits are required to earn this MS degree.

Grade Requirements

The only passing grades for Graduate Students are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C. Please note C+ and C grades count toward degree only if an equal number of courses numbered 5000 or higher have been earned with B+, A-, or A, respectively. If a grade of C- or below is earned, the student will need to re-take the course when it is offered again to have it count toward a MS degree.

Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before being in the MS status must be earned as a B grade or higher to transfer toward the MS degree. Grades earned with a B- or less will not transfer.

Transfer of Credits Toward MS

A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed to count toward a MS degree. These can include no more than 9 credits from institution/s approved by UF, with the balance obtained from nondegree and/or certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better and the course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a MS student. To have credits reviewed for transfer from another university, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following:

  • a copy of your transcript (including a transcript key usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • a course syllabus for review of what was covered in the course, and
  • which course(s) you would like to be considered for transfer and which course(s) you think the course(s) will replace in the Forensic Science Program.

We will forward the request to the Supervisory Committee for your major who will then make a decision. Also, if your official transcript is not already on file with the University Registrar, please sent it to:

University of Florida
Office of Registrar
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Graduation Requirements

Please read the information regarding the master's graduation credit requirements for your last term.

Special Topics Course

The 1-credit special topics course will consist of three days of reviews, oral examination, and comprehensive final examination in Gainesville, Florida. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term.


In addition to tests, examinations and other assessments incorporated in the individual courses, master's students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.

Supervisory Committee/Academic advisor

A faculty member within the department of Physiological Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and with graduate faculty status, will supervise all of the students enrolled in this program. If students have inquiries about the program curriculum or their schedule of courses they should contact the faculty advisor. Currently this person will be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library Access

Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.