About this course
All students are assigned a faculty supervisor (major professor) prior to, or immediately after initial enrollment. Assignments should be mutually agreeable to both student and faculty member, and each faculty supervisor should have an active research program in the area of student interest. Within the first or second semesters of enrollment, each student should work with his/her faculty supervisor to establish an advisory committee (three members for MS committees; four for Ph.D. committees) to assist in the development of a program of study and completion of the thesis or dissertation research project. Advisory Committee members are expected to provide appropriate and timely input to the academic and research programs of the student.
Conversely, both students and faculty supervisors are expected to assure appropriate involvement of the advisory committees in each student's program. Students should discuss any problems related to their advisory committee with their faculty supervisor and, if needed, with the department head.
- The GRE exam is required for all applicants. The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants who did not receive their bachelor's degrees from an Anglophone university and whose first language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based test) , 213 (computer based test), or 80 for Internet.
- Three letters of recommendation are required. We strongly encourage applicants to have online recommendations completed. You will be asked to provide names and email addresses for each of your references in your online application. If applicants choose to have paper letters of recommendation submitted, the letters should be sent to the attention of Becky Michael in the Dairy Science Department.
- It is expected that applicants should be near completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree in animal or dairy science, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, related biological fields, agricultural economics, or agricultural finance. Students should have a 3.0 GPA or greater and strong scientific writing and communication skills.