Research and teaching assistantships from several sources are awarded on a competitive basis based on the qualifications of the applicant. Assistantships carry an academic stipend of $11,250 for the MS degree and $12,750 for the PhD degree. Summer support is at the discretion of the major professor.

Students interested in being considered for a departmental assistantship should submit their application by the early application deadline of February 1st for Fall semester and October 1st for Spring semester.

In addition to the annual stipend, students on assistantship are eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). Benefits for students participating in the GSSP include:

  • Waiver of in- and out-of-state tuition for:
    • 4 semesters (2 years) for MS students
    • 8 semesters (4 years) for PhD students who hold an MS degree at the time of admission to their doctoral program
    • 10 semesters (5 years) for students going either directly from a BS to a PhD degree or progressing continuously from the MS to the PhD degree
  • Health insurance coverage

Tuition and Fees



Graduate students associated with the Department of Animal Science are required to assist in the departmental teaching program as part of their degree program, regardless of their sources of financial support. This requirement provides students with an opportunity to develop their teaching skills during their graduate program.

All graduate students in the Department of Animal Science mentored by departmental graduate faculty members are required to teach a minimum of one semester during their MS and PhD programs.

Graduate students supported by departmental assistantships are required to serve as teacing assitants in ANS (departmental) courses each semester that they receive a departmental stipend. Teaching assignments typically consist of assisting in the instruction of an undergraduate course under the direct supervision of the faculty member in charge.

Students can register for ANS 685 (MS Supervised College Teaching) to obtain up to 3 credits toward their MS degree or ANS 885 (PhD Supervised College Teaching) for additional credits toward their PhD degree.