Animal Science M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Animal Science

Program Description

Graduate faculty in the Field of Animal Science include members from the Department of Animal Science, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students training towards MS and PhD degrees in the field develop a unique program applicable to their particular goals under the mentorship of a special committee composed of faculty with the relevant expertise.  In addition to doing research, students are encouraged to gain experience in teaching, extension and public outreach.

Students applying to the Field of Animal Science choose from the following concentrations:

  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal science
  • Physiology of reproduction
  • Animal genetics
  • Animal genomics

The field requires one more member on the Special Committee of both M.S. and Ph.D. degree candidates (i.e., three for the M.S., four for the Ph.D.) than is required by the Graduate School. At least one member of the Special Committee must be a member of the faculty in a department other than that of the chairperson.


Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2862

149 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

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


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 1; Spring, Oct. 15



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.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • two recommendations
  • The GRE general test is not required

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the M.S. degree, a student should be able to:
  • Make an original contribution to the field.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  • Follow ethical guidelines for working in the field.
  • Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts in the field