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Agriculture and Life Science M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Animal Science

Program Description

The Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture) degree is intended primarily for applicants who want to further their academic training in animal science but whose interests may not be oriented toward research. It's a special non-thesis degree program requiring a minimum of two residence units and the satisfactory completion of 30 hours of coursework related to the professional interests of the candidate. Approval of the report of a problem-solving project is also required.

In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corp option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; email

Depending on specific objectives, students interested in this field may also want to examine opportunities in the Fields of Food Science and Technology; Nutrition; and Molecular and Integrative Physiology.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-7712

126 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • animal genetics
  • animal genomics
  • animal nutrition
  • animal science
  • physiology of reproduction



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 15: applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available; Spring, check with field

Requirements Summary:

Preference is given to applicants whose credentials indicate strong undergraduate preparation both in the animal sciences and in related biological and physical sciences. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test for native English speakers


Learning Objectives:

At completion of the M.P.S. degree, a student should be able to:           

  • Make a scholarly contribution to the field
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise
  • Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts in the field.

Evidence of learning:

The learning objectives can be assessed using the following:

For the M.P.S.

  • Academic progress evaluated
  • Presentations
  • Project completion

Analysis of evidence and implementation of changes:

Each year, using data from the annual reports, one of the learning objectives will be evaluated by the Graduate selection committee. We don’t anticipate that this will be a counting exercise but rather, a determination of whether our students are making timely and significant progress in this area toward degree completion. Recommendations for any changes will be broad and communicated to the field at large, rather than directed to any specific program.