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Graduate Students

Department of Veterinary Sciences

The Department of Veterinary Sciences offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal and Veterinary Science. Various interdisciplinary degrees may also be offered in conjunction with faculty in the department.

This is a supplement to the Graduate Student Handbook.  It is the responsibility of the graduate student to read and adhere to procedures and deadlines established by the Department of Veterinary Sciences.   It is necessary that each graduate student officially agree to these departmental policies by the start of their second semester. If you have questions regarding Veterinary Sciences policies, protocol or procedures, or suggestions for improving our graduate program, please discuss these with your graduate advisor or the head of the department.

If you are interested in our program and want information about it, please contact Dr. Holly Ernest, Professor in this department.

Current Graduate Position Openings


Graduate Student Timeline

  1. Find a major professor and apply for admission.

  2. Select graduate committee before the beginning of the second full semester.

  3. Submit Program of Study before the beginning of the second full semester.

  4. Present plan of study with literature review in a formal seminar to Department in second semester.

  5. Finalize a research proposal with advisor's assistance before the start of the third full semester.

    Begin research after graduate committee approves proposal.

  6. Ph.D. students take preliminary examination within 6 coursework hours of completing their formal degree plan, or within one semester thereafter.

  7. Make formal application for degree to the Registrar according to deadlines issued each semester by the Registrar's Office.

  8. Submit draft of thesis/dissertation document to advisor for evaluation and input.

  9. Present polished draft of thesis/dissertation to committee only after major advisor agrees the document is ready.

  10. Develop a time-line with your major professor for submitting journal article(s) resulting from the graduate research. It is required that one chapter be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal prior to the defense. It is highly desirable that the other manuscripts resulting from your research be submitted within 6 months of final examination.

  11. Schedule final oral examination after committee has approved document.

  12. The Graduation/Title Form must be filed by the Thesis and Dissertation Deadlines set by the Registrar (approximately midterm-check Registrar schedule) for the semester in which graduation is planned.

  13. Advertise defense seminar.

  14. Pass final oral examination.

  15. Submit thesis/dissertation to the Graduate School.

  16. Schedule an exit meeting with the Department Head.

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