Animal Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  1. All Ph.D. candidates must also meet the course requirements for the M.S. degree.
  2. PhD students are required to take a total of two credits of seminar, one of which must be ANSC698C. ANSC698C is required of Ph.D. students even if it was taken while in the MS program. The ANSC seminars will be taken in non-consecutive semesters.
  3. Before the end of the third semester, the student will also submit to his/her Advisory Committee a dissertation research proposal.
  4. During the second year of study for the Ph.D. degree (or after approximately 80 percent of the Plan of Study has been completed), a written examination and an oral comprehensive examination are required for advancement to candidacy.
  5. One semester of teaching experience (8-10 hours per week) are required during study for the Ph.D. degree.
  6. Students must complete a minimum of 12 research credits by enrolling in ANSC899

Ph.D. students with Master's degrees from other institutions are expected to meet the requirements indicated above for the ANSC M.S. degree. The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite but is advantageous for admission to the Ph.D. program. At least two credits of Seminar (with at least one in ANSC698) and one semester of teaching experience (8-10 hours per week) are required during study for the Ph.D. degree. In addition, a minimum of 12 research credits is required. A plan of study and a research proposal must be filed with the approval of the student's Adviser and Advisory Committee (AC) by the end of the second semester. After no more than five semesters, the student must pass the Admission to Candidacy Examination, which consists of both written and oral components and is administered by the AC. Towards the end of their studies, the candidates present the results and conclusions of their graduate research in a public seminar and defend their research in an oral examination, which is adjudicated by the student's AC. In addition to successful defense of the dissertation, it is expected that the student will publish at least one paper in a refereed scientific journal, based on the dissertation research. A final bound copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the Program Office. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed within four to six years.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
Two credits of Seminar2
Seminar (ANSC698C)
Dissertation Research Requirements
ANSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits14