General Information

Program/Degree
Animal Sciences (MS) 
Program Description

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences offers programs leading to a Master of Science in Animal Sciences. The program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working with distinguished faculty in state of the art facilities.  Areas of study include reproductive biology, nutritional and mammary gland biology, molecular genetics, heat stress physiology, and racetrack management.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences -

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) brings together animal scientists, veterinarians, microbiologists and others to offer the strongest possible programs in research, education and outreach. This school was formed in order to offer more integrated research and educational opportunities in the animal and biomedical sciences.

 
College
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Julie C Garcia
520-626-3526
Graduate Program Coordinator
Julie C Garcia
520-626-3526
Director of Graduate Studies
Sean W Limesand
520-626-8903
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Statement of Purpose
3 Letters of Recommendation

For Race Track Industry Program applicants - GMAT can be substituted for GRE requirement

Prerequisite courses: 3 units college-level Algebra (Calculus recommended); 1 year each of General Biology and Organic Chemistry with laboratories

Additional courses recommended: Advanced courses in Animal Sciences (eg. Animal Behavior, Animal Nutrition, Meat Science), Anatomy, Physiology, Physics, Analytical Chemistry & Biochemistry.

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
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Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

 
Financial Aid

Limited numbers of Graduate Assistanships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available through the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.  The GTA positions are provided on a semester- by- semester basis and generally require the recipient to assist in teaching courses in the core cirriculum of the undergraduate Animal Sciences major.  The GRA positions are generally supported by funding acquired by the major professor and are provided during semesters when the student does not have formal teaching assistant duties.  Since faculty support is required, applicants are accepted upon the commitment of Animal Sciences Grad Program faculty member to provide supplemental financial aid to assure successful completion of the graduate degree.  Animal Science Grad students may also apply for a wide range of graduate student scholarships and fellowships offered by the University of Arizona.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 15
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30
Core coursework: Minimum 3 units of Statistics
3 units of Physiology
2 units of Seminar
All units of coursework in major field must be at the 500 level or above.  One-half of the required units must be in courses in which regular grades (A,B,C) have been earned. At least 5 graded units must be from courses offered by The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

Students transferring to the University of Arizona Animal Sciences Program with graduate credits from other institutions can petition to apply up to 12 graduate credits to the major in this program. However, only graded courses are acceptable and the transfer credits must be approved by the Graduate Committee.


Language requirements:
Other requirements: Thesis Option
Final Examination
A candidate for the Master's degree must present a seminar on the thesis research and must pass a final oral examination administered by the student's graduate committee. The examination will cover the thesis and general topics in the field of study. The result of the examination must be reported to the Graduate College within two weeks. Any candidate who fails the final examination may, upon recommendation of the major department and approval of the Graduate Council, be granted a second examination after a lapse of at least one semester. The second examination is final. The report of successful completion of all requirements (Report on the Final Examination and the Completion of Requirements for the Master's Degree) must be made to the Graduate College at least four weeks before the date on which degrees are awarded, and student must be registered during the semester in which they graduate. (See the Graduate Calendar for deadline dates.)

Non-Thesis Option
Professional Development Project
A professional development project (minimum of 6 units credit) is required of all students in the non-thesis option. The project will be based on internship, special problem or research activities that facilitate the student's preparation for employment in agribusiness. A professional development project report must be submitted to and approved by the student's graduate committee. After making any required corrections, the candidate submits two copies to the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate Committee on or before the date specified in the Graduate Calendar for the candidate's desired degree award date. (See the Graduate Calendar for deadline dates.)

Final Examination
A candidate for the Master's degree must present a seminar on their professional development project and must pass a final oral examination administered by the student's graduate committee. The examination will cover the project and general topics in the field of study. The result of the examination must be reported to the Graduate College within two weeks. Any candidate who fails the final examination may, upon recommendation of the major department and approval of the Graduate Council, be granted a second examination after a lapse of at least one semester. The second examination is final. The report of successful completion of all requirements (Report on the Final Examination and the Completion of Requirements for the Master's Degree) must be made to the Graduate College at least four weeks before the date on which degrees are awarded, and student must be registered during the semester in which they graduate. (See the Graduate Calendar for deadline dates.)

For both Thesis and Non-thesis Options:
Teaching experience is an important part of the graduate training program in the Animal Sciences . All graduate students shall participate in the teaching activities of the department in one course per year, and all students must go through the University's GAT orientation.

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
http://acbs.cals.arizona.edu/degrees/grad_programs  
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Last revised 16 May 2016