Animal Biosciences AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs


An option for the outstanding student with an interest in a graduate degree is the Accelerated Master’s Entry Program in which students commence study for their M.S. in their senior year and have the potential to obtain a B.S./M.S. in a five-year period. Accepted AMP students  begin work toward their M.S.  during their senior year while completing the B.S. 9 graduate level coursework credits taken in the senior year can  count toward both the B.S. and the M.S.  Students MUST be admitted through the Graduate College to the M.S. as an AMP student  before taking any courses that will be applied to the M.S. requirements.  Students may start full-time M.S. coursework in the summer following their undergraduate graduation.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

An acceptable undergraduate major in animal science, biology, or a related field. Satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination must be presented.

Further details about the Accelerated Master’s Program, available for students majoring in Animal Science or Biological Science, can be obtained from the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 102 Terrill Bldg., (802) 656-0155.

Minimum Degree Requirements

30 credits of study with a minimum of 15 credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of 9 credits of thesis research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301 and ASCI 302 twice during their programs. Students must also prepare a research proposal.30
Students are expected to meet with their graduate studies committee during their second and third semester, and during the final semester for their thesis defense. Students are also expected to have 1 publication ready to submit or already submitted to an appropriate journal at the time of their defense. Students are also required to participate in at least one semester of teaching.
30 credits of study with 24 credits in courses in animal science or related fields, and a minimum of 6 credits of literature research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301 and ASCI 302 every semester the courses are offered.30

Comprehensive Examination

Animal Bioscience AMP students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination, an oral comprehensive examination, or both, in their field of specialization. The student's studies committee decides the format of this exam (time and page limits, open or closed book, etc.). All comprehensive examinations are taken on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington. 1 re-examination only is permitted for any failed comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is not the same as the oral thesis defense, and must be passed satisfactorily before defending the thesis. Usually the comprehensive exam process is completed at least 2 months prior to the thesis defense.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

When a student begins a graduate program, s/he is not yet a candidate for a graduate degree. To become a candidate for a graduate degree, a student must complete certain academic requirements to achieve the milestone of becoming a candidate for that degree. Advancement-to-candidacy signifies that the student has completed his or her coursework, comprehensive exams and other requirements and is ready to move forward to the thesis phase (thesis-based student) or literature research (non-thesis student). Department policy requires students to advance to candidacy at least one semester before they can earn the degree.