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Graduate Program

We currently support 12 graduate students within the Dairy Science Department. Our graduate students have diverse backgrounds and research interests including genetics, reproduction, nutrition, immunology, management, and lactation.  All have the opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience and to participate in extension education programs in addition to their involvement in research programs.  A non-thesis option is offered within the MS degree program in Dairy Science. 

The Department resides in Litton Reaves Hall, a modern, well equipped, office building.  In addition to offices, it includes extensive laboratory and classroom facilities designed to support dairy research, teaching, and extension programs.  Computing facilities are available in the building, at various campus locations, and at the University Computing Center (IBM SP2, SGI Origin 2000, Supercomputer access).  The Department maintains a research and teaching herd of 150 milking cows (Holsteins and Jerseys) at the Kentland Dairy Center. 


Features of the Program

Opportunities to conduct basic and applied research at the forefront of:

  • nutrition
  • management
  • physiology
  • infectious disease
  • immunology
  • metabolic modeling

Stipend and tuition support.

Discussion groups, seminar series, and social activities.

State of the art laboratory, classroom and dairy facilities.

Strong collaborative research programs exist with departments across the Virginia Tech campus.

Graduates continue onto veterinary school, faculty positions, industry jobs, and various careers in research and extension. 

Financial Aid

The Department awards several Graduate Research Assistantships to qualified students each year. Information regarding assistantship eligibility and a stipend table with assistantship rates may be found at the Graduate School web page here. The Dairy Science Department funds beginning M.S. students at step 8, and beginning Ph.D. students at step 10. Assistantships are renewed annually for students demonstrating satisfactory progress.

Graduate School Chair

Dr. Ben Corl


Interested in pursuing graduate studies in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech?

Correspond directly with a research faculty member listed here or write to:  

Dr. Ben Corl, Graduate Chair
2020 Litton-Reaves Hall
Department of Dairy Science (0315)  
175 West Campus Drive
Virginia Tech  
Blacksburg, VA  24061 

phone (540) 231-2422