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The Division of Animal Sciences has a broad-based teaching program, and our faculty members are noted for teaching and mentoring excellence. Our PhD program was recently ranked among the best in the country by the National Research Council and our research program among the best in the world by Reuters. Our graduate program has maintained or increased numbers, support, and placement rates over the past five years. The Division strives to maintain a diverse faculty qualified to teach relevant courses in five discipline areas (reproductive and environmental physiology, ruminant and monogastric nutrition, genetics/genomics, meat science and livestock production) and across six species (swine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, companion animals and horses) to serve the demand for graduates to be employed nationwide in research, teaching and industry.

Degrees Offered

Animal Sciences, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Approval of advisor
  • Bachelor’s degree

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type Verbal Quantitative
GRE146146

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Animal Sciences Program

  • Statement of career objectives
  • 3 reference letters
  • Resume
  • Official GRE score report

Animal Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: Rolling

  • Approval of advisor
  • M.S. degree (with thesis) preferred

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type Verbal Quantitative
GRE146146

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Animal Sciences Program

  • Official GRE score report
  • Statement of career objectives
  • 3 reference letters
  • Resume