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Animal Science Master’s Degree (M.S.)

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Students in our Master of Science (M.S.) in animal science program can choose from a variety of focus areas, including:

  • Reproductive physiology
  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Meat quality and safety
  • Range and wildlife management

Our 6,000-acre Management, Instruction and Research Center is equipped with facilities and resources that cover the animal production industry from pasture to plate.

Degree

Master of Science in Animal Science

Careers

Graduates can expect to work in any of these settings:

  • Product development
  • County extension agencies
  • State and federal inspections
  • Natural resource management
  • Rangeland management
  • Agricultural lending
  • Sales
  • Research and laboratory settings
  • Commodity trading
  • Feedlot management
  • Quality assurance
  • Food safety
  • Ranch or private land management

Current Employers of ASU Graduates

  • Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Hillshire Brands
  • HEB
  • Lebatt Foods
  • Eldorado State Bank
  • Sexing Technologies
  • Noble Foundation
  • School districts, community colleges and agriculture support industries

Program Highlights

  • Research is a large component of the master’s degree program. Students who have received graduate assistantships have chosen research topics that vary from meat science and grazing management to wool and mohair technology and pathobiology.

Admission Formula

[GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 740.

GRE Analytical Writing Conversion Scale

The GRE Analytical Writing sub test is scored on a scale of 1-6. This score is converted to the metric of the other sub tests as follows:

1.0-2.0 = 130           
2.5 = 135
3.0 = 140
3.5 = 145
4.0 = 150
4.5 = 155
5.0 = 160
5.5 = 165
6.0 = 170

Admission Requirements

  • GRE scores
  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay
  • Department thesis advisor approval
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Department Thesis Advisor Approval
  • New M.S. Essay Topic. Which ASU Agriculture Professor has agreed to work with you on a research thesis? Which area of agriculture research interest you most and why? Also what are your background and career goals related to agriculture?

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work in animal science, agriculture, range management, wildlife management or agronomy, including 12 semester credit hours of advanced course work

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Degree Plan

  • For thesis students, 30 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis work are required.

    The specific courses required for animal science majors will be determined by your advisory committee. A thesis project must be approved by the advisory committee and the graduate dean.

    All graduate students are expected to successfully pass a comprehensive oral exam and successfully defend their thesis at the end of their graduate work. 

    More information on admission requirements.

Assistantships

  • Research

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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