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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

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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

Minimum GRE score

Test Type Total Verbal Quantitative
GRE292146146
  • 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

Veterinary Science, Graduate Certificate

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Employment Disclosure

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: 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. This graduate certificate is designed to meet the needs of baccalaureate-holding veterinary technicians and 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:
Not created at this time

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Laurie Wallace

Email:  
Phone:  (573) 882-9594
Address:  W231 Vet Med Building, 1600 E. Rollins Street, Columbia, MO 65211

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Science
Program Length48 months
Program Costs
  • $5,790 for in-state tuition
  • $10,062 for out-of-state tuition
  • $1,130 for mandatory fees
  • $1,026 for books and supplies
  • This College charges an additional $41.60 per credit hour for course fee.
  • All tuition and fees are subject to change. A student’s residency (e.g., resident vs. nonresident), location (e.g., on campus vs. online) and enrollment level (i.e., number of credit hours taken) effect tuition and fee costs. Visit the MU Cashiers Office website for more program cost information.
Median DebtFewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Licensure RequirementThe following states do not have licensure requirements for this profession:
Missouri
Other InformationFor more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions, please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.


These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education