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. As the academic success of our students is very important, faculty and staff carefully mentor each student's progress throughout their program.
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 and Regenerative Biology, Animal Nutrition, Food Microbiology and Safety, and Physiology.
Dr. Venkitanarayanan's Lab Members Spring 2017
All Plan A M.S. students who receive assistantship support are required to assist with one course per year of enrollment as part of their professional development. The ANSC Graduate Committee is responsible with assigning courses.
Note: Plan B M.S. students are exempt from this requirement.
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. All graduate students receiving assistantship support are required to assist with the teaching of one (1) course per year of enrollment as part of their professional development.
Each Ph.D. plan of study must include thirty (30) credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, or at least fifteen (15) credits beyond the master’s degree or other advanced degree in the same or a closely related field of study. All Ph.D. students must complete one credit of ANSC 5693 (Graduate Presentation Skills) and two credits of ANSC 5694 (Seminar). Students who have previously completed one credit of ANSC 5693 are exempt from that requirement. In addition to these course credit requirements, students must complete coursework necessary to satisfy the foreign language or related area requirements as prescribed by the Graduate School. In addition to this coursework, satisfactory completion of at least fifteen (15) credits of GRAD 6950 – Doctoral Dissertation Research or Grad 6960 – Full-Time Doctoral Dissertation Research is required.
An undergraduate student assists a graduate student taking measurements for a study
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.
Dr. Tang and graduate students
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 should review the List of Requirements before applying.
If you are considering applying to the Animal Science M.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 preferrred advisor to be sure they are currently accepting graduate students.
Applications for graduate studies are submitted online through the University of Connecticut Graduate School. Students normally matriculate beginning with the Fall semester, but occasionally, students begin at the start of the Spring semester. 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 2018 applicants who are offered enrollment must accept enrollment online by July 27, 2018).
Completed applications for Spring semester admissions must be received by November 1st. (Spring 2019 applicants who are offered enrollment must accept enrollment online by December 14, 2018).
Deadlines for Fall and Spring semesters pertain to both international and domestic students. Application deadlines are somewhat flexible, but it is necessary to discuss late applications with the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair (Dr. Dennis D'Amico) in advance of submitting a late application. International applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible.