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.  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. Dennis D'Amico's Graduate Students Spring 2018

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 - thesis) or attain a comprehensive understanding in one of the above outlined areas (Plan B – non-thesis).
Plan A (thesis option) M.S. students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, of which a minimum of 18 credits must include formal coursework, and a minimum of 9 credits must include Thesis Research (GRAD 5950) or Full-Time Master’s Research (GRAD 5960).
The formal coursework cannot include research (ANSC 5692) and independent study (ANSC 5699).
Plan B (non-thesis option) M.S. students must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits, of which a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits must include formal coursework, and a minimum of four (4) credits must include research (ANSC 5692) or independent study (ANSC 5699).
Plan B M.S. students are exempt from the ANSC 5694 requirement, but must complete ANSC 5693 once.

Additional Requirements

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.

Department of Animal Science MS Requirements
University Academic Regulations – Standards and Degree Requirements
The Crandall Fellowship (CF)- Available to outstanding young scholars applying to master's programs.  The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).


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. 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.

Additional Requirements

All Ph.D. 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 for assigning courses.
 

Department of Animal Science Ph.D. Requirements
University Academic Regulations – Standards and Degree Requirements
The Harriott Fellowship - Available to oustanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs.  The award consiss of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

 

 


An undergraduate student assists a graduate student taking measurements for a study


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.

 


Dr. Tang and graduate students

Admission

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.
 

Application Process

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.

Application Review Process

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 rolling basis. 
 

Application Submission Deadlines

The Application Submission Deadline is the last day you are able to submit your application for consideration for the program and term for which you are applying.  You will not be able to submit an application after these dates for the term to which you are applying.  All applications should contain ALL required information (including official test scores and completed recommendations) by the submission deadline date.  Deadlines for fall and spring semesters pertain to both international and domestic students.  It is recommended that applications be submitted prior to the submission deadline date to allow time for your recommendations to be submitted and the Department of Animal Science Graduate Committee to process their recommendation.  If you miss the application submission deadline for the term to which you're applying, you may change the term for which you are applying or contact the department at animalscience@uconn.edu to close out your application.  Applicants can contact the Animal Science Graduate Committee Chair, Dr. Dennis D'Amico with any questions.

Applicants Requiring a Student Visa

Applicants who require an F1 visa are encouraged to apply by the preferred deadline indicated below.  The primary reason for submitting an early application is that we anticipate the policies and procedures surrounding issuance of student visas will continue to be strict and time-consuming.  Please familiarize yourself with parameters regarding deadline dates and terms applicable to students requiring F1.

Fall Application- Apply here

Preferred application submission date is February 1.
Application Submission deadline is June 1 (absolute deadline for term; applications for this term will not be accepted after this date).

 

Spring Application- Apply here

Preferred application submission date is October 1.
Application Submission deadline is November 1 (absolute deadline for term; applications for this term will not be accepted after this date)
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Enrollment Deadline

When you are offered admission to the program, you are given an Enrollment Deadline that is stated in your admission letter.  This is the last day you will be able to accept enrollent for entry to the program to which you are applying for that term.  If you wish to defer your admission to a subsequent semester, email the department at animalscience@uconn.edu

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