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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. Please follow the instruction below and send an unofficial packet with unofficial transcripts/CV/coverletter (as a single PDF document) to faculty members whose research you may be interested.  Also, start to upload your information to the official University application site per the process listed below.  Make sure to apply to the Department of Veterinary Sciences, and list any faculty with whom you have communicated.


The Official Application Process:

  1. Vital first step: Department Faculty who have a graduate student opening may consider applications.  In order for a student’s application to be considered, the student must contact Department Faculty by email (include a C.V. and cover letter, plus brief expression of your research interests) and identify a faculty member who is interested in their application.  Without the interest of a faculty member, applications will not be considered.  Department Faculty Listings

  2. Online Graduate Student Resources application.  Visit the Office of Admissions for the application and other information about the University's graduate program. 

  3. Do not pay the application fee until you have identified a Department faculty member who is interested in your application.  You should enter as much information and unofficial scores as you can without needing to pay the application fee.  The Department aims to not cause students to pay the fee until they are under serious consideration for a graduate position.  Once the student identifies a faculty member who is interested in their application, the student should ask the faculty member when they should pay the application fee.

  4. GPA. The University and Department require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; however, it is highly recommended that students have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Individual faculty may have higher requirements for graduate students to enter their lab.

  5. Transcripts. The Department is happy to review unofficial transcripts during the selection process, but prior to 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.

  6. GRE scores.   The Department no longer requires GRE scores for graduate students; however, individual faculty may require GRE and minimum levels for graduate students to enter their lab.  If the faculty member you are communicating with requires GRE scores, please have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) transmit official scores to the University of Wyoming, Code 4855. Please note that GRE scores need to be within 5 years to be reported by ETS – please check most recent information on the ETS website.

  7. TOEFL scores. For international students only. English proficiency is given serious consideration, especially for students requesting teaching assistantships. Please make sure to follow the University requirements.

  8. Three letters of recommendation. Students should have recommendations submitted by the recommender through the application portal procedure.

  9. CV and Letter of Intent.  Please submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Cover Letter of Intent to the University application portal.  In these documents, discuss research interests, goals, personal history, and any awards, accomplishments or publications.

  10. International students who do not need financial support should follow all requirements on the University International Student webpage and consult the University and Department on whether specific financial statements will be required.

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. Jonathan Fox.

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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-9926

Fax: 307-721-2051


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