Graduate Program

female graduate student in labitting at deskThe graduate program in Animal and Veterinary Sciences offers M.S. (thesis and non-thesis options) and Ph.D. degrees, which generally require 2 and 3 years minimum residence in the program, respectively. Students will be required to complete a core set of graduate-level courses in animal science, biochemistry and experimental statistics in addition to the courses recommended by their advisory committee. Credit hour requirements for M.S. thesis option and non-thesis, are 30 credit hours, the difference is that the thesis option requires 6 of the 30 credit hours to be research credit hours. The AVS Ph.D. program requires 30 credit hours beyond the M.S. degree (60 credit hours beyond the B.S.) with at least 18 of the required hours being research credit hours.

M.S. students will complete a thesis project and defend the thesis in an oral exam. Ph.D. students, in addition to any course work, will be required to successfully pass a set of written exams and an oral comprehensive exam prior to completion of their dissertation research. The dissertation defense will be a final oral exam. For more information on degree program requirements visit:

The purpose of this graduate program is to provide a high quality education for graduate students with diverse goals, and to develop, through research, the knowledge and technology necessary to continually improve productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of animal agriculture. Students interested in a professional career in the animal sciences will be exposed to educational and research experiences involving the many facets of animal nutrition, physiology, microbiology, genetics and meat science through a rigorous curriculum of graduate-level courses and challenging experimentation approaches. The most current ideas and concepts in animal sciences will be provided to the students through their daily interactions with the faculty in both the classroom and laboratory environments. All students will be required to use the most relevant experimental methods and techniques in answering questions to improve the understanding of animal biology in an effort to provide society with quality food products that enhance people's lives.