Master in Animal Sciences (MAS) Now Offered

The Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University is offering a new Master in Animal Sciences graduate degree. This program is different from a typical Master of Sciences (MS) in that research is not required and it is a non-thesis program. Acceptance into the program is similar to the other graduate programs in that an application must be submitted to the OSU Graduate School (gradsch.osu.edu/), and after its review, the application is forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Animal Sciences for review. Requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA and a Graduate Records Examination score of at least 300. Admission decisions also are determined by availability of space in the program, availability of an advisor, and their area of interest.

Students accepted into the program must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours; complete a final exam in the form of a comprehensive written exam, professional project, research proposal, or a culminating paper; and present an exit seminar. The credit hours for the program must include the following:

Core Courses (9 cr hr)
Specialization (choose one area; 11-12 cr hr)

Animal Sciences
Nutrition
Meat Science

Electives (13-14 cr hr)

This graduate program is aimed at individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and competence at the graduate level in preparation for entering the industry, attending professional school, or becoming an academic or outreach educator. The courses are not offered online, thus, students need to travel to campus for the instruction, and standard tuition fees for graduate school apply. With research not being required, the program is more flexible than the traditional MS program. For additional information, contact Ms. Sarah Hancock, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Animal Sciences, 110J Animal Science, 2029 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-688-1087, hancock.124@osu.edu

Originally published in Buckeye Dairy News, September 2015, Volume 17, Issue 4, by Maurice Eastridge.

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