Animal Science (Accelerated Masters Program)
An option for the outstanding student with an interest in a graduate degree is the Accelerated Master’s in which students commence study for their master's degree in their senior year and have the potential to obtain a B.S./M.S. in a five-year period.
Further details about the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP), available for students majoring in Animal Sciences or Biological Science, can be obtained from the Department of Animal Science, 102 Terrill Hall, (802) 656-0155.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science
An acceptable undergraduate major in animal science, chemistry, biology, or a related field. Satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination must be presented.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
The applicant must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate College and complete one semester with satisfactory performance in graduate courses or courses prescribed by the Graduate Committee.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Option A (Thesis): Thirty credits of study with a minimum of fifteen credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of nine credits of thesis research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301, Graduate Journal Club, and ASCI 302, Graduate Seminar every semester the courses are offered. Students must also prepare a research proposal.
Students are expected to meet with their graduate studies committee during their second and third semester and during the final semester for their thesis defense. Students are also expected to have one publication ready to submit or already submitted to an appropriate journal at the time of their defense. Students are also required to participate in at least one semester of teaching.
Option B (Non-Thesis): Thirty credits of study with twenty-four credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of six credits of literature research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301, Graduate Journal Club, and ASCI 302, Graduate Seminar, every semester the courses are offered.