Graduate Studies

Animal Nutrition


Master of Science/PhD in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Nutrition

Degrees Offered: M.S. and Ph.D.

Fields of Specialization, Departments Involved, Associated Fields: An interdepartmental curriculum leading to a Master of Science and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Sciences, in Animal Nutrition is available by selecting courses in animal and dairy science, poultry science, food science and technology, wildlife and fisheries, human sciences (human nutrition), and biochemistry.


Entrance Requirements

Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor's or master's degree in animal, dairy or poultry science, food science, human sciences, fisheries or aquatic science, biological or physical sciences with an adequate background in chemistry. A minimum of 2.75 overall quality point average on a 4.0 scale is required. A TOEFL score of 550 or better is required of all international applicants. Letters of recommendation are required of all applicants.


Master of Science

Program of Study, Coursework, Qualifying Examinations, Research: The Master of Science degree for Animal Nutrition requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit (including 6 hours of Thesis Research), a research thesis and final oral examination. A Graduate Program of Study should be submitted and approved by the student's graduate committee and Graduate Coordinator by the end of the first semester of graduate study. The graduate committee should be composed of the major professor and two committee members, one of whom should be a member of the graduate animal nutrition faculty and the other may be a minor professor.


Doctor of Philosophy

Program of Study, Coursework, Qualifying Examinations, Research: The Ph.D. for Animal Nutrition requires at least three academic years beyond the BS degree with the number of hours varying as determined by the student and major professor. Core course requirements include BCH 6603, BCH 6613, and ST 8114 in addition to a language or research skill requirement, a preliminary examination and a final dissertation defense. The research skill requirement requires the student to demonstrate a technical proficiency in a research skill not directly or routinely related to their research area. This proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of 6 hours of credit (examples include 6 hours of statistics excluding ST 8114 and ST 8214; 6 hours in computer science; 6 hours in a research area excluding minor or required courses, directed individual study courses are acceptable) approved by the student's graduate committee and is not part of the Program of Study. A minor is not required, but if a minor is selected it must consist of a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit. A Graduate Program of Study should be submitted and approved by the student's graduate committee and Graduate Coordinator by the end of the first semester of graduate study. The graduate committee should be composed of at least five members including the major professor, who must be a full member of the graduate nutrition faculty, at least two additional members of the graduate nutrition faculty and two additional members, one of which must be from the minor field, if selected, and the other may be from outside the major area.


Academic Performance and Continued Enrollment

Continuous enrollment in the Animal Nutrition graduate program is dependent upon satisfactory evaluation of academic performance and progress toward the completion of their respective research degrees. A student will be recommended for dismissal if they receive more than 2 grades of "C" or any grade below a "C" in courses take for graduate credit.


Faculty and Research Interest
  • Brian S. Baldwin - Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Mark A. Crenshaw - Associate Extension Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Steve Demarais - Associate Professor, Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Jane A. Parish - Associate Extension/Research Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Daniel Rivera - Assistant Research/Extension Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Brian J. Rude - Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Stephanie Ward - Assistant Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences