Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.)

Thesis only: 30 credits

Students with adequate undergraduate training usually complete the master's degree within two years.

Course Title Credits
VMSC698Seminar in Veterinary Medical Science1
VMSC799Thesis Research6
Select one graduate level biometrics or biochemistry course3
Select at least 12 credits of VMSC courses12
Select eight additional credits8
Total Credits30

During the first semester the student selects an advisor, and with the help of the advisor forms an Advisory Committee with the approval by the program's Graduate Education Committee. By the end of the second semester with the advice of the Advisory Committee, the student files a proposed schedule of course work including at least one credit of seminar (VMSC698). A minimum of 24 semester with hours of graduate courses and six hours of thesis research credit (VMSC799) is required for the degree. No less than 12 credits should be from courses 600 level or higher; at least 12 credits must be earned in the major subject. Three credits of graduate biometrics or biochemistry and one seminar credit (VMSC698) are required. No more than two credits of Special Problems (VMSC699) are acceptable as part of the 24 required course credits.

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in courses taken for graduate credit. The committee may require remedial courses if the student enters with inadequate prerequisites or deficiencies in the undergraduate program. By the end of the second semester, a thesis research proposal must be approved and filed. The student must present the thesis in a public seminar and pass a final oral examination given by the Advisory Committee.

Details on the Graduate School policy on the Master's Thesis Examination may be found in the Graduate School Catalog at The thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School in electronic format after final approval of the document by the Thesis Examining Committee. See the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide ( for the details of this process.