Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies


Master of Science/PhD in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal and Dairy Sciences

The Animal and Dairy Science program offers graduate study toward the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis options) in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Animal and Dairy Science.


Admission Criteria

A minimum of 3.00 GPA is required. Individual faculty serving as major professors may have additional requirements for students they advise. Therefore, it is advisable that a prospective student contact faculty with whom he/she is interested in working to determine if they have additional admission requirements (i.e. GRE score, etc.). An international applicant is required to have a 575 TOEFL score.


Program of Study

The program of study is developed by the student and his/her major professor with approval by the student's graduate committee and in accordance with the guidelines of the Office of the Graduate School.


Provisional Admission

Provisional admission requirements may be indicated by the student's major professor or imposed by the Office of the Graduate School in accordance with University admission policies.


Academic Performance

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences adheres to the academic performance standards of the Office of the Graduate School and CALS. Students are referred to these criteria for provisional admission, contingent admission, academic performance, and dismissal policies.


Prerequisite and Core Courses

For the M.S. degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal and Dairy Sciences, the student must have completed or will be required to complete in addition to the graduate course work, the following courses: Animal Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Animal Reproduction, Meats Processing, and an animal production species-specific course, or equivalent course work, at the undergraduate or graduate level. For M.S. candidates in both the thesis and non-thesis options in Animal and Dairy Science, core courses as part of the program of study must include ST 8114 and one hour of graduate seminar.


Completion Requirements

M.S. thesis and Ph.D. candidates are required by the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences to submit a written proposal of the intended research area during the first year of the graduate program, in addition to the submission of an annual progress report of research, teaching, extension and service activities, and a final written and oral presentation of the thesis or dissertation work. For the non-thesis M.S. program, students are required to complete 30 hours of coursework as approved by their graduate committee, write a scholarly research paper (the topic and content to be approved by the student's graduate committee), and complete an oral examination based on their coursework. For a Ph.D. candidate, an oral and written preliminary/comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee in accordance with the Office of the Graduate School guidelines prior to the submission or defense of dissertation research.

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