Academic Programs

Graduate study in the Department offers students an opportunity to train in a diversity of basic sciences and in areas of applied animal management and production.

Master of Science

All Master of Science degree programs are planned with the objective of making possible a reasonable, comprehensive mastery of the subject matter in a chosen field.  The Master of Science program provides training and experience in research in order to familiarize the student with the methods, ideals and goals of independent investigation. For completion of the Master of Science degree in the Department of Animal Science, a thesis is required.

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required for all Masters degrees.  Students may take more than the minimum hours required by their program.  The Graduate School does not give credit for non-credit course work (i.e. non-departmental seminars, workshops, short courses, conferences, and other ‘life experience’ offerings).  Furthermore, the Graduate School does not allow credit by examination.

Requirements  (Specific credit-hour limitations)

  • A minimum of one full academic year or its equivalent in residence as a graduate student at the University.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work in the degree program, unless the specific program requires more hours, including a minimum of 18 hours of 500 to 700 level course work.
  • No more than three (3) credit hours of Masters supervised teaching (ANS 685) may be included in the minimum 30-credit program
  • No more than six hours of Thesis Research (ANS 695/693) in the minimum 30-hour program.
  • No more than three credit hours of Masters supervised teaching (ANS 685) may be included in the minimum 30-credit program.
  • No more than two (2) credit hours of departmental seminar (S/U graded) may be included in the minimum 30-credit hour program.
  • No more than six (6) hours of 400-level courses may be counted toward the minimum 30-hour requirement, and they may not come from the major field.
  • Masters Thesis Preparation (ANS 699) credits may not be used to satisfy the 30-credit hour requirement.
  • A thesis
  • A departmental defense seminar
  • A comprehensive oral examination

Master of Animal Science (MAS, non thesis option)

The Master of Animal Science degree program is designed to give students a deeper academic background in sub-disciplines associated with the field of Animal Science which include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management.
The Master of Animal Science degree program is now also being offered through Distance Education. To learn more about distance education and our MAS-DE degree go to the following link, http://online.animalscience.cals.ncsu.edu/online-programs/master-of-animal-science/.  Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips is our MAS-DE Coordinator.

Requirements 

  • 19 Credits of core courses
  • 17 Credits of elective courses
  • No more than 2 credit hours of seminar to be included in the 36 credit hour total
  • A minimum of one full academic year or its equivalent in residence as a graduate student at the University.
  • The non-thesis Master of Animal Science degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which a minimum of 9 credits are in Animal Science courses at the 500 or above level.
  • Non-thesis programs may include no more than three (3) hours of independent student study credits of special topics project (ANS 610) in the minimum 36-credit program.
  • Research credit is not permitted in non-thesis programs, except upon approval by an Associate Dean of the Graduate School in cases where the student was initially enrolled in a thesis program but later transferred to a non-thesis program.
  • 400-level ANS courses not permitted in graduate plan of work
  • No more than six (6) hours of 400-level courses from outside departments may be counted toward the 36-credit hour requirement.
  • Non-thesis Masters Examination (ANS 690) credits may not be used to satisfy the 36-credit hour requirement.
  • Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration (ANS 688 and ANS 689) credits may NOT be sure to satisfy the 36-credit hour requirement.
  • No more than three (3) credit hours of Masters supervised teaching (ANS 685) may be included in the minimum 36-credit hour program.
  • Graduate Mentor (advisor) required
  • Mentor certification of graduate plan of work and program completion required
  • Students expected to meet with graduate mentor at last once per semester
  • Students required to complete annual graduate student progress report
  • Committee not required, oral examination not required
  • Final approval of graduate plan of work through Director of Graduate Programs (DGP) and Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, thesis)

The doctorate symbolizes the ability of the recipient to undertake original research and scholarly work at the highest levels without supervision. The degree is therefore not granted simply upon completion of a stated amount of course work but rather upon demonstration by the student of a comprehensive knowledge and high attainment in scholarship in a specialized field of study.  The student must demonstrate this ability by writing a dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation and by passing a series of preliminary comprehensive examinations in the field of specialization and related areas of knowledge, and by successfully defending the dissertation.

Requirements 

  • At least two residence credit points secured in continuous semesters’ residence as a graduate student at the University
  • Doctoral degrees at North Carolina State University require a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree.
  • For a student who already holds a Masters degree upon initial admission to the doctoral program of study, a maximum of 18 hours of relevant graduate credit from the Masters degree may be applied toward this minimum upon recommendation of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee.  Therefore, the minimum credit-hour requirement in this case is 54 credit hours.
  • If a student completes a Masters degree at NC State and chooses to continue on for a doctoral degree thereby maintaining a continuous registration status, up to 36 credit hours taken while in Masters status may be used to meet minimum requirements for the doctoral degree.
  • Students cannot take 400-level courses or lower as part of the credit-hour requirement for the doctoral program of study.
  • Students cannot transfer courses into a PhD program (including those taken in PBS status).
  • A successful preliminary comprehensive examination which includes both written and oral components.
  • A dissertation
  • Departmental defense seminar
  • A final comprehensive oral examination

CoMajors

Masters Level: Students may co-major at the masters level in programs with identical degrees, although the degrees do not necessarily have to have identical requirements, e.g., two Master’s programs, one with a thesis requirement and one without.

Students must obtain the approval of both graduate programs as well as appropriate representation on the advisory committee. Co-majors must meet all requirements of both programs. Students who co-major are not required to declare a minor.  One degree is awarded and the co-major is noted on the transcript. Enrolled co-majors will be classified in only one program for record purposes.

Doctoral Level: Students may co-major at the doctoral level with the approval of both programs and with the appointment of a co-chair from each program on the advisory committee. Co-majors are not permitted between Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education degree programs.

Co-majors must meet all requirements for majors in both programs. One degree is awarded and the co-major is noted on the transcript. Enrolled co-majors will be classified in only one program for record purposes.

The Graduate School will respond to any request for a co-major within five working days of receipt of the request in the Graduate School.

Minors

Requirements for graduate minor in Animal Science for MS and PhD

  • Minimum of 9 credit hours of ANS courses at the 500-level or 700-level
  • 1 credit hour of ANS seminar
  • Must maintain an average of 3.0 (B) for 500-level or 700-level courses taken to complete the ANS minor
  • Additional ANS courses at the 600-level or 800-level can be taken as desired
  • ANS faculty member on student’s graduate advisory committee
  • Student must obtain approval from Animal Science DGP (Director of Graduate Programs) to enroll in the minor