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Degrees Offered

Biomedical Sciences with Veterinary Sciences Emphasis, Master of Science

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About the Program

The University of Missouri, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, offers online graduate training leading to the Master of Science in Veterinary Sciences. The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery does not offer the PhD degree, but this online Masters degree program can be precursor to a PhD program at MU or elsewhere.  The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree is NOT intended as a means to prepare for admission to a DVM program.

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term

  • This program accepts rolling admissions. It is recommended that completed applications are submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term you plan to begin course work. This will allow the Office of Graduate Studies time to process your application.

Qualified Candidates:

  • Veterinarians (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine)
  • Veterinary Technologists (Graduates of an AVMA and regionally-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program with a baccalaureate degree)

For more information on this program, please visit the program website at http://biomedonline.missouri.edu/masters-degree-in-biomedical-sciences-emphasis-in-veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/.

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 Veterinary Sciences Emphasis Program

  • GRE scores
  • Departmental Application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)

Biomedical Sciences with Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

About the Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine, through the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, offers graduate work leading to the master of science degree in veterinary biomedical sciences with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and surgery. In addition, faculty within the department offer supervision for doctoral and postdoctoral study and research. Many but not all graduate students in this area of study combine their graduate degree training with clinical residency programs leading to board certification in some specialty field within veterinary medicine.

Types of Study

The program provides advanced training in anesthesiology, comparative cardiology, equine, food animal and companion animal medicine and surgery, neurology, oncology, comparative ophthalmology, radiation oncology, radiology, nutrition, and theriogenology among other areas.

Admission Criteria (Campus Program)

Fall deadline: n/a

  • Completion of a bachelor’s or professional degree
  • Identification of a mentor with graduate faculty standing within the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Identification of funding (with advice of mentor) for the period of research and study

Minimum GRE score

Test TypeTotalVerbalQuantitative
GRE292146146
  • GRE is only required for applicants who are not employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Residency Program)
  • Minimum scores should be considered as guidelines not a guarantee of admission

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

The majority of MS students within our program are completing specialty residency training programs in some field of veterinary medicine simultaneously with the MS degree. Admission to these programs generally precedes admission to our graduate programs. The GRE requirement may be waived for exceptional students by the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Departmental Research and Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants may be asked to strengthen any deficiencies in prerequisites to the chosen area of concentration through enrollment in a post- or non-degree graduate student program.

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 Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Emphasis Program

  • GRE scores (Required for applicants who are not employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Resdiency program)
  • Three letters of recommendation