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Admissions Qualifications and Other Requirements

Admission Requirements

The GRE exam is required for all applicants.  The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants who did not receive their bachelor's degrees from an Anglophone university and whose first language is not English.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer based test) is required.  Three letters of recommendation are required. We request that your references complete the Graduate School Reference Form and send it directly to Becky Michael, Graduate Coordinator for Dairy Science

It is expected that applicants should be near completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree in animal or dairy science, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, related biological fields, agricultural economics, or agricultural finance.  Students should have a 3.0 GPA or greater and strong scientific writing and communication skills.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply online. Applying online streamlines the application process and reduces processing time. Applicants must pay a non-refundable fee $75.

Additional Enrollment Qualifications...

  • All new graduate students must complete the GTA Workshop (GRAD 5004, 1cr.)
  • Students on graduate assistantships must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained both overall and for all coursework on the Plan of Study (minimum for any one course is C-).
  • Full time enrollment = minimum of 9 credit hours, maximum of 18 credit hours
  • Graduate assistants, fellowship and scholarship recipients minimum is 12 credit hours.

Degree Requirements

  • All students must submit a Plan of Study meeting minimum degree requirements.
  • Plan of Study and Plan of Study Change Form must be approved by Advisor, Advisory Committee, Department Head, and Graduate School.
  • All courses on plan of study must be taken for a letter grade (A/F)
    ---Grades below C- must be repeated.
  • Deadline:
    ---Masters – prior to completion of 15 credit hours in Master’s program.
    ---PhD- prior to completion of 15 credit hours in the Ph.D. program.

Graduate Advisory Committee

All students are assigned a faculty supervisor (major professor) prior to, or immediately after initial enrollment.  Assignments should be mutually agreeable to both student and faculty member, and each faculty supervisor should have an active research program in the area of student interest.  Within the first or second semesters of enrollment, each student should work with his/her faculty supervisor to establish an advisory committee (three members for MS committees; four for Ph.D. committees) to assist in the development of a program of study and completion of the thesis or dissertation research project.  Advisory Committee members are expected to provide appropriate and timely input to the academic and research programs of the student.  Conversely, both students and faculty supervisors are expected to assure appropriate involvement of the advisory committees in each student’s program.  Students should discuss any problems related to their advisory committee with their faculty supervisor and, if needed, with the Dairy Science Graduate Student Committee or the department head.