Veterinary Medicine MS and PhD Program

Graduate programs in Veterinary Medicine (VMED) provide high-quality research training to help graduates discover and improve ways to benefit the health and well being of animals and humans. The program prepares independent basic and applied scientists for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students choose from four areas of scientific investigation.

  • Infectious and zoonotic disease
  • Population medicine
  • Small and large animal clinical science
  • Ecosystem health 
Application Criteria

DVMs, or equivalent, and students with a BA or BS in a relevant biological science field will be considered for enrollment provided they have received a preferred grade performance average (GPA) of 3.25 (on a four-point scale). Laboratory experience is also preferred but not required.

Students whose native language is not English will be considered if they have received the following minimal scores obtained within the past two years from one of the following English proficiency examinations:

  • TOEFL: 79; reading, 19; and writing, 21
  • MELAB: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5

Applications are considered for Fall term admission. The application deadline is December 15th.

Filling out an application is easy and can be accomplished through the online application system Apply Yourself. But you’ll need to assemble a few things before you start, including a resume or CV, names and e-mail address of three people who can comment on your academic and research skills, an applicant statement, a credit or debit card to pay the application fee ($75-95), unofficial transcripts or academic records from each secondary learning institution attended, and TOEFL scores if applicable.

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Meet the current Veterinary Medicine graduate students

MS and PhD students in VMED are engaged in research related to animal and human health and welfare. Our students study infectious and zoonotic diseases, the development of novel treatments for cancer and other diseases, genetic research and therapies, virology and bacteriology, and ecosystem and wildlife health, among other areas of research. Click below to learn more about the VMED students.

VMED Graduate Students


Meet the Veterinary Medicine faculty

The graduate faculty in the VMED program is comprised of experts from a variety of disciplines in the biological sciences, such as infectious disease, oncology, neurology, epidemiology, internal medicine, biochemistry, pathology, genetics, and virology, among many other areas of research.

VMED Faculty


What to expect

A MS degree in VMED typically requires two to three years in residence, and a minimum of 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits must be completed. For more information see the VMED MS course requirements and the VMED MS degree timeline.

Formal coursework for PhD students varies according to their field of study, interests, and career goals. Students usually take a minimum of 36 course credits in Veterinary Medicine, Comparative and Molecular Biosciences, or a related field. Students also take an additional 24 thesis credits once they have completed their preliminary oral examination. For more information see the VMED PhD course requirements and the VMED PhD degree timeline.


Tuition, fees and funding

VMED students typically identify a faculty adviser and work with the adviser on a funding plan before admission is considered, or students can be accepted into the program and identify a supporting mentor during the first year. Students are encouraged to contact faculty in a chosen area of research to facilitate identifying potential advisers.

A number of grants and fellowships are available to support a student’s training. Interested students should consult the U of M Graduate School and the college’s graduate program grant and fellowship opportunities.


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  • Last modified on November 17, 2015