Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Breeding & Genetics, Meat Science, Nonruminant and Ruminant Nutrition, and Physiology. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees granted by the Department of Animal Science are research based. A student is expected to pursue an independent research program for each degree under the guidance of a major professor.

The M.S. program can be completed in about two years. Thirty semester credit hours, including 6-10 research thesis hours, are required.

The Ph.D. degree program is administered by a Supervisory Committee approved by the Department Graduate Committee and the Office of Graduate Studies. Course work and dissertation research areas are developed by the student and the major professor and must be approved by the Supervisory Committee. One-half of the Ph.D. program (90 credit hours total beyond the B.S. degree) must be completed in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Students in Animal Science usually complete requirements for the Ph.D. degree in four to five years after the B.S. degree; two to three years beyond the M.S. degree.

Students in both M.S. and Ph.D. programs are encouraged to consider serving as teaching assistants in undergraduate or graduate courses. In addition, opportunities exist for students to gain first-hand Cooperative Extension experience by interacting with faculty specialists.

Please follow the link to request additional information from the Animal Science Department.
Graduate Student Manual PDF(210 kb)
Graduate Course Descriptions PDF(100 kb)

Admissions and Application Information

Complete Admissions information can by found at the UNL Office of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Admissions and/or the Animal Science Department require all materials to be submitted for graduate admission consideration:

Completed Application (available online only)
Go on-line to using the NUID you got when you filled out the application above, then you can upload all of your other information.
$50 nonrefundable fee.
A copy of unofficial transcripts can be uploaded via MyRed. We offer a video tutorial (
3 Letters of Reference (Use pdf format)
Statement of Purpose
GRE General Test Score

Additionally for International Students:

Verification of English Proficiency (TOEFL scores required for Animal Science are 525 paper based or 195 computer based)
Financial Resource Information

Deadlines for Applying

Admissions are reviewed on a continual basis; however, it is strongly encouraged to submit all materials to Graduate Admissions no later than:

January 7 to be considered for financial support in the coming academic year.
February 1 for summer
March 1 for fall
September 1 for spring

TOEFL Requirement

Complete Information regarding the Tests of English as a Foreign Language proficiency can by found at International Graduate Applications.

Demonstrate English proficiency by providing at least one of the following:

paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550
internet-based TOEFL score of at least 70
IELTS score of at least 6.5

TOEFL scores are valid for two years. If your scores are more than two years old, you may be required to retake the TOEFL.

Office Of Graduate Studies - Degree Forms and Deadlines

Masters Students

1. Memorandum of Courses for Masters Degree Form

* Form to be used for Masters Degree students in proposing programs of study to the Graduate College. This form must be filed before the student's program is one half complete.

2. Examining Committee Form

* Internal form to be submitted with the Memorandum of Courses for Masters Degree Form.

3. Application for Degree Form

4. Final Examination Report for Masters Degree Form

* Form to be used for Masters Degree students. Note that the form allows a sequential list of activities beginning with the Written Comprehensive examination and ending with the recommendation for degree by the Graduate Dean.

Doctoral Students

1. Program of Studies for Doctoral Degree Form

* Form to be submitted to the Graduate College following the agreement of the student's Supervisory Committee on the doctoral program of study. The form should be filed after the completion of 30 hours of graduate study and before the completion of more than half of the total required hours of study.

2. Appointment of Supervisory Committee Form

* Form to be used to appoint the doctoral student's Supervisory Committee. Please note that the Supervisory Committee is required to meet within three weeks of its approval by the Graduate College.

3. Application for Admission to Candidacy for Doctoral Degree Form

* To be completed prior to the beginning of dissertation credit hour registration.

4. Application for Final Oral Examination or Waiver of Examination for the Doctoral Degree

* Departmental Seminar Announcement Form