About the Animal Science Master’s Program
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences offers a non-thesis, 30-hour Master of Science degree in animal science for students who wish to pursue a focus area in livestock production (beef cattle, swine, sheep and goat, dairy cattle, equine, and poultry), agricultural product processing (meats, food, or feeds emphasis), companion animal, equine assisted therapy and activities, or feedlot management. An internship or practical experience is required for this degree. The non-thesis Master of Science degree is considered a terminal degree.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences also offers a Master of Science in Animal Science for students seeking a non-terminal, thesis option. Students may pursue studies in topics including animal breeding (physiology or genetics), livestock (ruminant or monogastric) or companion animal nutrition, animal behavior and welfare, growth and development, livestock production, animal health, companion animal science, equine science, equine-assisted therapy, or meat science. This degree requires a thesis in addition to at least 24 semester hours of coursework and 6 thesis hours.