Animal and Veterinary Science (M.S)

Master of Science. Major in Animal Science

The M.S. degree may be earned in animal science. To qualify for full admission, candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College and have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) for their undergraduate study. Acceptance of students not having this minimum grade-point average is possible, subject to recommendation by the department's Graduate Committee. Applicants must submit scores received on the Graduate Record Examination general (aptitude) test.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, at least 18 of which must be in courses numbered 500 and above. No more than 10 of the 500-level credits may be from research and thesis. Courses at the 300 level in supporting fields may be used as part of the M.S. degree program. All graduate students are required to complete the departmental graduate seminar twice during the degree program. Students are also required to assist with teaching during their graduate training.

Applicants for the M.S. degree program in animal science who have completed their undergraduate program in fields that are not closely related to animal science will be required to complete deficiency courses as determined by the candidate's committee and approved by the department's Graduate Committee. The following are considered essential in an applicant's undergraduate program: chemistry and biochemistry (minimum of 12 credits); calculus; animal nutrition; animal breeding; physiology and/or endocrinology; one products course; and one animal production and management course. Specific animal production courses may be required as determined on an individual candidate basis.