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Animal Science Graduate Programs

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Faculty and graduate students are actively involved in basic and/or applied research in the fields of nutrition, reproductive physiology, animal breeding, meat science and animal production.

The Department is committed to providing graduate students with quality educational and research experiences and preparing them to meet the challenges of a competitive job market upon graduation.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Animal Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in:
    • Animal Science
    • Biological Sciences (with an area of study in Animal Science)

Available Options

  • Master of Science
    • Option A
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • 60-credit-plan
    • 90-credit-plan
  • Animal Science certificate - The certificate program is available to persons with an earned B.S. degree in animal science or related field, who have an interest in continuing their education in the field of animal sciences without completing a master’s degree.
    • The following courses are a requirement of the program:
      • AS 541, Advanced Meat Science, 3 credits
      • AS 720, Advanced Selection of Domestic Animals, 3 credits
      • AS 732, Advanced Physiology of Reproduction, 3 credits
    • Select one of the following courses
      • AS 736, Monogastric Nutrition, 3 credits
      • AS 712, Ruminant Nutrition, 3 credits
    • Total number of credits required: 12

Areas of Study

  • Animal Breeding
  • Meats
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Swine Nutrition

Additional Department Admission Requirements

  • GRE: Not required
  • TOEFL: 550 paper-based; 80 internet-based
  • IELTS: 6
  • Submission of a current résumé, a letter of application that outlines interests and goals and two letters of recommendation (in addition to materials required by the Graduate School).

Core Requirements

  • M.S. students are required to have one credit of Graduate Seminar.
  • Ph.D. students are required to have two credits of a Graduate Seminar.
  • All students are required to present a seminar on their thesis or dissertation.


  • A personal interview with the head of the major department should be arranged prior to registration.

Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Darwin Britzman Graduate Assistant Scholarship


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Graduate School Application