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 Department of Animal Science.
Admissions and Application Information
Prior to applying, directly contact a specific animal science faculty member of your area of interest.
Complete Admissions information can by found at the UNL Office of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Admissions and/or the Department of Animal Science require all materials to be submitted for graduate admission consideration:
- Completed Application (available online only). $50 nonrefundable fee.
- A copy of unofficial transcripts
- Three 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
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.