MS and PhD in Veterinary Medicine

Graduate programs in Veterinary Medicine (VMED) provide high-quality research training to help graduates discover and improve ways to benefit the health and well being of companion and food animals and wildlife.  The PhD program prepares independent basic and applied scientists for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Our MS program instills technical competencies to promote research and medical practice careers.  Students choose from four areas of scientific investigation.

  • Infectious and zoonotic disease
  • Population medicine
  • Small and large animal clinical science
  • Ecosystem health 

Application Criteria

Applicants with a BA or BS in a relevant biological science field will be considered for admission provided they have received a preferred grade performance average (GPA) of 3.25 (on a four-point scale). Laboratory experience is strongly preferred but not required. Applicants with a DVM or equivalent degree are encouraged to apply. 

Students whose native language is not English must have received the following minimal scores obtained within the past two years from one of the following English proficiency examinations:

  • TOEFL: 79; reading, 19; and writing, 21
  • MELAB: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, reading 6.5, writing 6.5

Applications are considered for Fall term admission. The application deadline is December 1st.

Filling out an application is easy and can be accomplished through the online application system. But you’ll need to assemble a few things before you start, including a resume or CV, names and e-mail address of three people who can comment on your academic and research skills, an applicant statement, a credit or debit card to pay the application fee ($75-95), unofficial transcripts or academic records from each secondary learning institution attended, and TOEFL scores if applicable.

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MS and PhD students in VMED are engaged in research related to animal health and welfare. Our students study infectious and zoonotic diseases, the development of novel treatments for cancer and other diseases, genetic research, virology and bacteriology, and ecosystem and wildlife health, among other areas of research. Click below to learn more about the VMED students.

The graduate faculty in the VMED program is comprised of experts from a variety of disciplines in the biological sciences, such as infectious disease, oncology, neurology, epidemiology, internal medicine, biochemistry, pathology, genetics, and virology.  All our faculty are committed to individualized mentoring and professional development.

What to expect

Formal coursework for PhD students varies according to their field of study, interests, and career goals.  Students also take an additional 24 thesis credits once they have completed their preliminary oral examination.  Training culminates in the preparation and defense of an original doctoral dissertation.

The MS degree in VMED typically requires two to three years in residence.  A minimum of 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits must be completed, and students must defend a research thesis.

Tuition, fees and funding

VMED students typically identify a faculty adviser and work with the adviser on a funding plan before admission is considered. Highly competitive students may be accepted into the program and be supported by the VMED program while they identify a supporting mentor during the first year. Students are encouraged to contact faculty in a chosen area of research to facilitate identifying potential advisers but must complete an application packet that is reviewed by the program director.

A number of grants and fellowships are available to support a student’s training. Interested students should consult the U of M Graduate School and the college’s graduate program grant and fellowship opportunities.