Graduate Student Application Process

Admissions | How to Apply | Minimum Requirements | Admissions Process | Master of Science in Animal Science, Animal Breeding or Reproductive Physiology | Master of Agriculture | Master of Equine Industry Management | Master of Agriculture – Emphasis in the Meat Industry | Ph.D. in Animal Science, Animal Breeding, or Reproductive Physiology

Application Process


A formal application is required of all persons seeking admission or readmission to graduate studies in the Department of Animal Science.

Application Deadlines

There are no application deadlines. However, applications should be submitted no later than 6 months prior to the semester you want to start.

Admissions

Visit the TAMU Office of Admissions for general information (http://admissions.tamu.edu).

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online at www.applytexas.org.

With approval from the degree-granting unit providing acceptance (i.e., the Department of Animal Science), admission to graduate studies normally remains valid for one year from the date of acceptance with payment of a one-time $50 (domestic) or $90 (international) application fee (no exceptions). Application fees are nonrefundable. Checks or money orders (U.S. currency) should be made payable to Texas A&M University.  An extension to the one-year time limit may be granted, if requested by the applicant in writing and approved by the degree-granting unit.

For information about financial aid, please visit the Department of Scholarships and Financial Aid at https://financialaid.tamu.edu/graduate.aspx  For information on tuition and fees, please visit Student Business Services at http://sbs.tamu.edu/.

Questions

Amber Salvato, Graduate Advisor
amber.salvato@tamu.edu
979-845-7616

Requirements


Minimum Requirements

The basic requirement for admission to graduate studies at Texas A&M University is a scholastic record which, over at least the last two years of full-time academic study in a degree program, gives evidence of the applicant’s potential for successful graduate-level work.

Specific requirements for admission into the Animal Science graduate program include:

  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the most recently earned degree,
  • a score of at least 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and
  • three letters of recommendation that may be submitted through the online application process or mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Texas A&M University
PO Box 30014
College Station, TX  77842-3014

For international students whose native language is not English, verification of English proficiency can be achieved through one of the following:

  • Official TOEFL (no more than two years old), with a minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based).
  • Official verbal GRE score of 149.
  • Official GMAT verbal score of at least 22.
  • Official IELTS score of 6.0.
  • Confirmation of a two year master’s degree from an accredited US institution.

You may learn more information regarding English language requirements by visiting http://ogs.tamu.edu/elp-portal/.

Admissions Process

Applicants qualified for admission to graduate students in Animal Science, Animal Breeding or Physiology of Reproduction are accepted into the program based on the availability of supervisory faculty.  An Animal Science faculty member must agree to work with the student or the application will not be accepted.


Requirements leading to the Master of Science degree from Animal Science, Animal Breeding, or Reproductive Physiology:

32 graduate credit hours beyond the B.S. degree. General requirements:

  1. Minimum of 5 hours in Statistics
    1. STAT 651 – Statistics in Research I; Credit 3
    2. STAT 652 – Statistics in Research II; Credit 3
    3. ANSC 622 – Research Methods in Animal Science; Credit 2
  2. Graduate Seminar – ANSC 681 or 682 (1 hour)
  3. No more than 8 hours of ANSC 691 (Research) or ANSC 685 (Directed Studies)
  4. No more than 9 hours of upper level (300 and 400) undergraduate courses.
  5. See Graduate Catalog (http://catalog.tamu.edu/) for additional requirements.

A thesis written on original research as directed by the student’s advisory committee. The thesis seminar will be announced for public attendance prior to the final exam by the advisory committee.


Requirements leading to the Master of Agriculture degree for Animal Science:

36 graduate credit hours beyond the B.S. degree.  General requirements:

Animal Science Production – Minimum of 3 hours selected from the following or equivalent courses:

  • ANSC 406 – Beef Cattle Production and Management (3-2); Credit 4
  • ANSC 412 – Swine Production and Management (3-2); Credit 4
  • ANSC 414 – Sheep and Goat Production and Management (3-2); Credit 4
  • ANSC 420 – Equine Production and Management (3-2); Credit 4
  • ANSC 605 – Advancements in Beef Cattle Production (3-0); Credit 3
  • ANSC 608 – Beef Cattle Management (3-0); Credit 3

Management – Minimum of 3 hours selected from the following or equivalent courses:

  • MGMT 626 – Teams in Organizations (3-0); Credit 3
  • MGMT 630 – Behavior in Organizations (3-0); Credit 3
  • MGMT 640 – Managing for Creativity and Innovation (3-0); Credit 3
  • MGMT 655 – Survey of Management (3-0); Credit 3
  • MGMT 658 – Managing Projects (3-0); Credit 3
  1. Graduate Seminar – ANSC 689 (1 hour)
  2. No more than 9 hours of upper level (300 and 400) undergraduate courses.
  3. Maximum of 8 hours of ANSC 684 – Professional Internship credits.
  4. Maximum of 8 hours of ANSC 685 – Directed Studies.
  5. Combination of ANSC 684 and 685 hours must not exceed 25% of the degree plan (9 hours).
  6. ANSC 691 – Research credit hours may not be used.

This is a non-thesis degree.  The professional internship seminar will be announced for public attendance prior to the final exam by the advisory committee.


Requirements leading to the Master of Equine Industry Management degree:

21 required graduate credit hours and 15 elective hours.

Required Courses:

  • ANSC 621 – Issues in the Equine Industry; Credit 3
  • ANSC 612 – Equine Reproduction; Credit 3
  • ANSC 611 – Equine Nutrition; Credit 3
  • VLCS 422 – Equine Disease and Epidemiology; Credit 3
  • ANSC 685 – Directed Studies; Credit 3
  • ANSC 684 – Professional Internship; Credit 6

Elective Courses:

  • ALED 340 – Professional Leadership Development; Credit 3
  • MGMT 675 – Leadership & Organization; Credit 3
  • AGCJ 303 – Agriculture Media Writing II; Credit 3
  • AGCJ 306 – Theory of Ag Public Relations; Credit 3
  • AGCJ 404 – Communicating Ag Information to the Public; Credit 3
  • AGEC 619 – Managerial Economics in Agribusiness; Credit 3
  • MKTG 621 – Survey of Marketing; Credit 3
  • MKTG 656 – Marketing Communications Management; Credit 3
  • MKTG 658 – Managing Projects; Credit 3
  1. No more than 9 hours of upper level (300 and 400) undergraduate courses.
  2. Combination of ANSC 681 and 685 hours must not exceed 25% of the degree plan (9 hours).
  3. ANSC 691 – Research credit hours may not be used.

This is a non-thesis degree.  The professional internship seminar will be announced for public attendance prior to the final exam by the advisory committee.


Requirements leading to the Master of Agriculture – Emphasis in the Meat Industry:

Entrance Requirements:

  • A letter addressed to the Animal Science Associate Head for Academic Programs and current chair of the MAgrMI program requesting admission.
  • Additional application [gg1] for the executive committee.
  • Interview for those with “acceptable” written applications.
  • 6 credit hours – 21 “Required Credits” and 15 “Prescribed Electives.”

Required Credits:

  • ANSC 681 – Seminar
  • ANSC 684 – Professional Internship
  • ANSC 647 – Technology of Meat Processing and Distribution
  • ANSC 667 – Industrial Processed Meat Operations
  • ANSC 689 – Current Issues in Animal Agriculture
  • ANSC 657 – HACCP OR
  • ANSC 637 – Food Safety Policy & Regulatory Issues
  • ANSC 309 – Applied Animal Record Keeping OR
  • ANSC 670 – Quality Assurance for the Food Industry

Prescribed Elective Options:

  • ANSC 607 – Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food
  • ANSC 627 – Carcass Composition and Quality
  • ANSC 687 – Sensory Evaluation of Food
  • POSC 628 – Advanced Poultry Processing
  • AGEC 619 – Managerial Economics in Agribusiness
  • ALED 401 – Professional Leadership Development
  • MGMT 658 – Managing Projects
  • MGMT 675 – Leadership in Organizations
  • MKTG 621 – Survey of Marketing
  • MKTG 650 – Analysis of Consumer Behavior
  • MKTG 671 – Product Innovation

Requirements leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree for Animal Science, Animal Breeding, and Reproductive Physiology:

64 graduate credit hours beyond the M.S. degree, or 96 hours beyond the B.S. degree when no M.S. degree is obtained.  General requirements:

  1. Ph.D. required courses:
    1. Statistics – Minimum of 6 hours selected from the following or equivalent courses:
      1. STAT 651 – Statistics in Research I (3-0); Credit 3
      2. STAT 652 – Statistics in Research II (3-0); Credit 3
      3. ANSC 622 – Research Methods in Animal Science (2-0); Credit 2
    2. Graduate Seminar
      1. ANSC 681 (682) – Research Seminar (1-0); Credit 1
    3. Biochemistry – Minimum of 6 hours selected from the following or equivalent courses:
      1. BICH 601 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry I (3-0); Credit 3
      2. BICH 602 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry II (3-0); Credit 3
      3. ANSC 619 – Physiological Chemistry of Livestock Species (3-0); Credit 3
  2. Graduate Seminar (1 hour)
  3. Ph.D. students have 10 consecutive calendar years to complete their degree.  Once a Ph.D. student reaches 99 hours and/or 21 semesters (including summers) they will be charged out-of-state tuition on any additional hours.
  4. See Graduate Catalog (http://catalog.tamu.edu/) for additional information.

A dissertation written on original research as directed by the student’s advisory committee.  The dissertation seminar will be announced for public attendance prior to the final exam by the advisory committee.

 


Questions may be directed to:

Dr. Wesley N. Osburn
Interim Associate Head for Academic Programs
Department of Animal Science
2471 TAMU
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX  77843-2471
ANSCGradProg@tamu.edu
979.845.1543

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