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Applying to Graduate School

The Department of Veterinary Sciences does not typically take graduate students without them first making contact with a professor in the department and having a project identified with a reasonable funding source.

The official application process is listed below. Prior to officially applying to the University of Wyoming, interested students are encouraged to send an unofficial packet with unofficial transcripts/test scores (as a single PDF document) to the department so it can circulated to faculty with potential projects that may be of interest.


The Official Application Process:

  1. Online Graduate Student Resources application.  Click here for the application and other information about the university's graduate program. 

  2. GPA. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required, however it is highly recommended that students have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

  3. Transcripts. The department is happy to review unofficial transcripts during the selection process, but upon acceptance for admission, arrangements must be made to have official transcripts sent to the UW Office of Admissions. Transcripts not in English must be translated by the issuing university or by a commercial translation service. Please visit the Office of Admissions for more information.

  4. GRE scores.   The department has the same requirements for graduate student admission as the University of Wyoming: GRE - 900 (291 on the new exam) total (Masters), 1000 (297) total (PhD). However, it is strongly recommended that students have stronger GRE scores of at least 500 (153) verbal, 620 (149) quantitative, 1120 (302) total using the best composite scores. Please have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) mail scores to the University of Wyoming, Code 4855. Please note that GRE scores need to be within 5 years to be officially reported by ETS – please check most recent information on the ETS website.

  5. TOEFL scores. For international students only. English proficiency is given serious consideration, especially for students requesting teaching assistantships. The minimum requirement is a composite score of 76 on the Internet-based exam (iBT) or 600 on the written exam. Please have ETS mail official copies of your TOEFL scores to the University of Wyoming, code 4855.  An official IELTS score of 6.0 or above is also accepted.

  6. Three letters of recommendation. Domestic students should have recommendations submitted by the recommender through the application portal procedure or mail their letters to the Veterinary Sciences Department at the address to the left. International students may have their recommenders send their letters as e-mail attachments to

  7. CV and Letter of Intent.  Discuss research interests, goals, personal history, and any awards, accomplishments or publications. Also address whether a graduate assistantship is needed. Mail your statement of purpose to the department at the address to the left or send it to the as an e-mail attachment.

  8. International students who do not need financial support must complete a  Confidential Financial Statement. International students who are already studying in the U.S. must complete the International Student Advisor Report.

We appreciate your taking the time to apply to our program. For questions about the department or the application process, please feel free to contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Holly Ernest or the departmental staff

Contact Us

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-5059

Fax: 307-721-2051


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