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Department of Animal Sciences


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Department of Animal Sciences Graduate Studies Program (MS or PhD) is competitive and selective. We strongly encourage applicants to follow the application procedures outlined below in order to be considered for admittance to the program.

Because admittance to the Graduate Studies MS and PhD Programs is dependent upon an available faculty advisor to direct research, applicants who have not made personal contact with faculty members prior to admission may lose the opportunity for admittance. Therefore, applicants should:

  • Review research areas within the department
  • Identify your research area of interest
  • Review faculty profiles
  • Contact faculty members to discuss research and study opportunities



To receive full funding consideration for an academic year, application materials are due by December 1, of the proceeding year.

Our admission requirements are based on the University’s Graduate School Admission Requirements and apply to the MS and Ph.D. programs. To be competitive for admission, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s or pre-professional degree from an accredited university or college
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • International students: TOEFL score of 550 on written exam and 213 on the computer exam and/or a total score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL
  • A faculty advisor is required for admission into the MS and PhD programs. A list of potential faculty advisors can be found at

While the GRE is not required, scores can be submitted if the applicant believes it will strengthen the application.


How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the Graduate Admissions Office. 

The MAS application can be found here.
The MS application can be found here.
The PhD application can be found here.

Application Materials

  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Contact information for three references familiar with you academic and/or professional experience 

Helpful Resources

OSU Graduate School

Graduate and Professionals Admissions