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Animal Science 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 Program in which students commence study for their master's degree in their senior year and have the potential to obtain a B.S./M.S. in a five-year period.

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 Science, 102 Terrill Bldg., (802) 656-0155.

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 (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination must be presented.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Option A (Thesis)
Thirty credits of study with a minimum of fifteen credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of nine credits of thesis research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301 and ASCI 302 every semester the courses are offered. 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 one 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.
Option B (Non-thesis)
Thirty credits of study with twenty-four credits in courses in animal science or related fields, and a minimum of six 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 Science AMP students are required to pass both a written and a subsequent oral comprehensive examination in their field of specialization. Satisfactory completion of the written examination is a prerequisite to standing for the oral examination. 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

The applicant must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate College and complete one semester with satisfactory performance in graduate courses or courses prescribed by the graduate studies committee.