Graduate Programs

The animal sciences represent an interdisciplinary program in which students focus their efforts in particular research areas, such as genetics, nutrition or physiology, while exploring a diversity of both basic and applied scientific approaches in a variety of animal species.

The goal of the animal science graduate training program is to assist young scientists in developing their abilities to assess and conduct valid scientific research that will facilitate the improvement of animal management and foster increased animal well-being.


Application and Admission to the Graduate Program

Consideration for admission to the graduate program is based on a number of factors including undergraduate coursework, GRE scores, relevant experience and letters of reference.

Final admission to the graduate program requires that applicants obtain the commitment of a graduate faculty advisor who is willing to take the applicant into their training program.

Applications may be submitted at any time however early applications are always encouraged.

A completed application consists of the following:

  • an application form
  • official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • GRE scores**
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)
    The overall TOEFL score must be a minimum of 80 with a score of 18 in each category with no appeals. The current policy can be found at:
  • a statement of interest
  • three letters of reference***
  • application fee

**On average, students who enter into the Animal Science graduate program have a combined GRE quantitative plus verbal score of at least 300.

***Reference letters should be from course professors, academic advisors, undergraduate research mentors or other individuals who hold a doctoral degree.


Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 25 (US), March 1 (International)
    (Students interested in being considered for a departmental assistantship should apply by the early deadline of February 1.)
  • Spring Semester: November 25 (US), July 15 (International)
  • Summer I: March 25 (US), December 15 (International)
  • Summer II: May 10 (US), December 15 (International)