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Department of animal science graduate program: Prospective Students

The Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut has a diverse faculty, offering a wide range of educational opportunities for students. The internationally renowned faculty and staff are committed to recruiting talented graduate students, and to providing them with an unparalleled educational experience. This includes three different graduate degree program options: Plan A Master of Science degree, requiring course work, laboratory research and a thesis; Plan B Master of Science degree, requiring coursework leading to a comprehensive understanding of a subject area and an oral examination; and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These degree programs, and the department's facilities and faculty expertise are described in more detail on the links provided.


Department of Animal Science Graduate Program

The Department of Animal Science has faculty and staff who are committed to recruiting the highest quality students and to providing the resources necessary for students to be successful. As the academic success of our students is very important, faculty and staff carefully mentor each student's progress throughout their program.

Students pursuing an M.S. degree typically spend one and one-half to two years in the program. Students pursuing Ph.D. degrees typically finish their program in four to five years. Financial support is generally available for the entire program of study for students pursuing degrees with a major research component, provided that they are making satisfactory progress in both their research and academic endeavors.

The Plan A Master of Science degree requires the completion of a research laboratory-based thesis, and is recommended for students who intend to continue toward the Ph.D. or wish to pursue a career in research and development, in consultation with their major advisor and the advisory committee. Students pursuing the M.S. or Ph.D. in Animal Science shape a curriculum of courses most suited to their needs. Several "typical" curricula are described below in the areas of Animal Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Food Science and Microbiology, and Physiology.

The M.S. Program

The M.S. degree offers students the opportunity to emphasize study in animal behavior, food science, food microbiology, functional genomics, nutrition, growth physiology, lactation physiology, reproductive physiology, muscle biology, endocrinology, and production management within Animal Science. Master of Science students are required to conduct thesis research (Plan A) or attain a comprehensive understanding in one of the above outlined areas (Plan B). Plan A programs of study must include a minimum of 15 credits of formal course work exclusive of research. Plan B programs of study must include a minimum of 24 credits of formal course work of which at least two, but not more than four credits, shall be a special research project. Additional specialization may be attained by focusing on dairy or beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, companion or aquatic animals or their products.

University Masters Requirements

The Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Animal Science. Several areas of concentration are offered within the Animal Science Field of Study including: Animal Genetics and Regenerative Biology, Growth and Reproductive Physiology, Animal Nutrition, and Food Microbiology and Safety. The Ph.D. degree requires demonstrated capabilities for conducting independent research plus related scholarly attributes. Each Ph.D. plan of study must include 44 to 48 credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, not including credits for foreign language or those substituted for foreign language requirements prescribed by the Graduate School.

University PhD Requirements


ANSC Fields of Study - Typical Curriculum

Completion of a strong undergraduate degree program, with fundamental training in biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, is required for admission to the Animal Science graduate program. Graduate programs in Animal Science often include supporting work in areas such as Pathobiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Nutrition, among others. GRE scores must be submitted for applications to be complete.

The entire application package is evaluated as a whole, and in some cases a weakness in one area may be overcome by strength in another.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the credit requirements indicated above, M.S. and Ph.D. students must complete one credit of ANSC 5693 (Graduate Presentation Skills). In addition, M.S. (Plan A) students must complete one credit of ANSC 5694 (Animal Science Seminar), while Ph.D. students must complete two credits of ANSC 5694. M.S. (Plan B) students are exempt from the ANSC 5694 requirement. All graduate students receiving assistantship support are required to assist with the teaching of 1 course per year of enrollment as part of their professional development.


In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, all applicants are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations, three letters of recommendation, and a Personal Statement. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to read the Department of Animal Science Web pages before applying.


Application Process

If you are considering applying to the Animal Science Master's or Ph.D. programs, please visit the links below for detailed instructions. Our graduate programs depend heavily on the appropriate linkage of student and faculty interests. The department strongly encourages that applicants discuss the possibility of research with potential faculty advisors prior to applying. Applications that fail to indicate a preferred advisor will not be reviewed. Applicants should visit ANSC faculty bio and research pages and identify a faculty advisor based on the advisor’s research area.  Prior to applying please contact your preferred advisor to be sure they are currently accepting graduate students.


Application Review Process

Applications for graduate studies are submitted online through the University of Connecticut Graduate School. The Department of Animal Science reviews complete applications on a revolving basis. However, the following University of Connecticut Graduate School deadlines must be met in order to matriculate during the semesters indicated:

Completed applications for Fall semester admissions must be received by February 1st. (Fall 2017 applicants who are offered enrollment must accept enrollment online by July 28, 2017).

Completed applications for Spring semester admissions must be received by November 1st. (Spring 2017 applicants who are offered enrollment must accept enrollment online by December 16, 2016).

Application deadlines for Fall and Spring semesters pertain to both international and domestic students. Application deadlines are flexible, but it is necessary to discuss late applications with the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair (Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan) in advance of submitting a late application. International applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible.


Last updated: 12/29/2016 2:20:07

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