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.
Graduate students in Dr. Dennis D'Amico's Lab
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 Studies Committee is responsible with assigning courses.
Note: Plan B M.S. students are exempt from this requirement.
Department of Animal Science MS Requirements - Updated requirements coming soon!
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 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.
Department of Animal Science Ph.D. Requirements - Updated requirements coming soon!
University Academic Regulations – Standards and Degree Requirements
The Harriott Fellowship and the Jorgensen Fellowship - Available to oustanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. These awards consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
An undergraduate student assists a graduate student taking measurements of a lamb
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.
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 the lab
In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, all applicants are required to submit 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 rolling basis.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to close out your application. Applicants can contact the Animal Science Graduate Studies Committee Chair, Dr. Dennis D'Amico with any questions.
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.