Animal Biosciences M.S.

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


The research program focuses on farm animal agriculture involving a combination of courses and graduate research. Areas of research interest include lactation physiology, mastitis, calf and cow nutrition, immunology, and genetics.

Specific Requirements

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

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

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 1 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 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. One 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.