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
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 M.S. (Research/Thesis)- 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 M.S. (Non-Thesis) program of study must include a minimum of 30 credits of formal coursework, of which a minimum of 24 credits must include formal coursework, and a minimum of 4 credits must include research (ANSC 5692) or independent study (5699), with at least two, but not more than four credits devoted to a special research project. Plan B M.S. students are exempt from the ANSC 5694 requirement, but must take ANSC 5693 once. Additional specialization may be attained by focusing on dairy or beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, companion or aquatic animals or their products.
In addition to the credit requirements indicated above, M.S. 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). 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.
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 Ph.D. Requirements
In addition to the credit requirements indicated above, Ph.D. students must complete one credit of ANSC 5693 (Graduate Presentation Skills). In addition, Ph.D. students must complete two credits of ANSC 5694. M.S. 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.
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 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 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 2018 (Date TBD)).
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.