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Degrees Offered

Biomedical Sciences with Veterinary Sciences Emphasis, Master of Science

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About the Program

The University of Missouri, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, offers online graduate training leading to the Master of Science in Veterinary Sciences. The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery does not offer the PhD degree, but this online Masters degree program can be precursor to a PhD program at MU or elsewhere.  The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree is NOT intended as a means to prepare for admission to a DVM program.

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term

  • This program accepts rolling admissions. It is recommended that completed applications are submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term you plan to begin course work. This will allow the Graduate School time to process your application.

Qualified Candidates:

  • Veterinarians (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine)
  • Veterinary Technologists (Graduates of an AVMA and regionally-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program with a baccalaureate degree)

For more information on this program, please visit the program website at http://biomedonline.missouri.edu/masters-degree-in-biomedical-sciences-emphasis-in-veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Veterinary Sciences Emphasis Program

  • GRE scores
  • Departmental Application (built into the Graduate School online application)

Biomedical Sciences with Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

About the Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine, through the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, offers graduate work leading to the master of science degree in veterinary biomedical sciences with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and surgery. In addition, faculty within the department offer supervision for doctoral and postdoctoral study and research. Many but not all graduate students in this area of study combine their graduate degree training with clinical residency programs leading to board certification in some specialty field within veterinary medicine.

Types of Study

The program provides advanced training in anesthesiology, comparative cardiology, equine, food animal and companion animal medicine and surgery, neurology, oncology, comparative ophthalmology, radiation oncology, radiology, nutrition, and theriogenology among other areas.

Admission Criteria (Campus Program)

Fall deadline: December 15
Spring deadline: September 15

  • Completion of a bachelor’s or professional degree
  • Identification of a mentor with graduate faculty standing within the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Identification of funding (with advice of mentor) for the period of research and study
  • Perceived likelihood of successful completion of the program by the VMS graduate committee based on the match of candidate and faculty advisors, academic qualifications of the candidate, and when requested, a minimum of 3 suitable letters of recommendation

Minimum GRE score

Test Type  Total  Verbal  Quantitative
GRE 292 146 146
  • GRE is only required for applicants who are not employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Residency Program and can be waived for applicants who are employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Residency Program
  • Minimum scores should be considered as guidelines not a guarantee of admission

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

The majority of MS students within our program are completing specialty residency training programs in some field of veterinary medicine simultaneously with the MS degree. Admission to these programs generally precedes admission to our graduate programs. The GRE requirement may be waived for exceptional students by the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Departmental Research and Graduate School Committee. Applicants may be asked to strengthen any deficiencies in prerequisites to the chosen area of concentration through enrollment in a post- or non-degree graduate student program.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Emphasis Program

  • GRE scores (Required for applicants who are not employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Residency program and can be waived for applicants who are employed in a MU VMS Veterinary Residency Program)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Visual Studies, Master of Fine Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

  • Fall semester deadline: January 18
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum Language Requirements

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The preferred undergraduate degree for admission to the graduate program in visual art is the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). However, applicants holding the BA, BS or other bachelor’s degrees are eligible to apply if they have a minimum of 40 hours of undergraduate studio credits or an equivalent commensurate professional experience. Applicants for the Graphic Design Area are required to have a minimum of 2 years professional experience before applying.

Application materials are evaluated to determine if the applicant has the preparation and ability to pursue an advanced degree. Admission is based on the recommendations from the art department graduate faculty members representing each of the media areas. Some applicants, may be placed on a waiting list as alternates, then accepted if others decline their admission offers.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Master of Fine Arts Program

Upload all of the following items to Graduate School Online Application system.

  • Letter of Intent/Artist Statement (Stating your goals for pursuing the MFA with a critique of your current work)
  • Current Resume (exhibition, award, publications, artistic experience, etc.)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Application for GTA (optional but necessary for tuition waiver)
  • Digital portfolio: The application process requires a digital portfolio documenting 20 separate pieces of the applicant’s artwork. Applicants can document these works using twenty (20) to forty (40) digital still images and/or moving image files. Please limit submissions to a maximum of 2 images for any one piece of artwork. The artwork in the portfolio should represent your most recent and most accomplished body of work. The work should indicate your major artistic interests and creative direction. The work should demonstrate your creative ability and media competence. If you are requesting consideration for a teaching assistantship, a few of the images could be works that demonstrate your foundational mastery of a specific media area. Portfolios must be uploaded to the Portfolio section of the Graduate School online application. Portfolio guidelines are available at https://visualstudies.missouri.edu/art/grad/graduate-admissions

Veterinary Science, Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 15

Certificate description:
Students who successfully complete the coursework required to earn an Online Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Science will have acquired current, advanced information within the area of veterinary medicine and closely related topics. Applicants for this graduate certificate must be baccalaureate-holding veterinary technicians OR graduate veterinarians whose careers could be advanced through completing applicable courses delivered online. The 15 credit hours earned in this program may be transferred into the Online Master’s degree program offered by Veterinary Online Programs.

Certificate web site:
https://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/veterinary-medicine/veterinary-science/grad-cert/

 

Visual Studies, Master of Arts

On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 18

Admission to the department on the graduate level is granted yearly to a small number of candidates who hold recognized BA or MA degrees in art history, media studies, or related fields of the humanities and social sciences. In addition to the 3.0 GPA required by the Graduate School, the department requires: a GPA of 3.3 in the major field and a minimum GRE score (below).  It also encourages applicants to have at least three semesters of a single appropriate foreign language (normally German, French, Italian, or Spanish).

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type  Verbal+Quantitative  Analytical
GRE 300 4.5

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Visual Studies Program

All application materials must be submitted directly through the Graduate School online application. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic qualifications to undertake graduate work
  • A short statement of the applicant’s scholarly interests, professional goals, and reasons for applying to do graduate work in Visual Studies.
  • A copy of a recent research paper as a sample of your scholarship and writing
  • Curriculum vitae

Visual Studies, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 18

The department accepts as candidates for the Ph.D. students who have earned an M.A. or its equivalent in art history, media studies, or related fields of the humanities and social sciences, either from the University of Missouri-Columbia or from an institution recognized by the University. An M.A. thesis is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. in both art history and classical archaeology. The Doctoral Program Committee determines the acceptability of work completed elsewhere.

Students completing an M.A. degree in the School of Visual Studies who want to continue for the Ph.D. must be accepted for advising by a faculty member on the doctoral faculty. Such students should submit a statement of purpose and a current CV to the School by the January 18 deadline. If students are formally admitted by the faculty, they submit a “Change of Program, Degree, Emphasis or Advisor Form” to the Graduate School.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Visual Studies Program

All application materials must be submitted directly through the Graduate School online application. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic qualifications to undertake graduate work
  • A short statement of the applicant’s scholarly interests, professional goals, and reasons for applying to do graduate work in Visual Studies
  • A copy of a recent research paper as a sample of your scholarship and writing
  • Curriculum vitae