12 months
43260 USD/year
43260 USD/year
26062 USD/year
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Animal Science may be defined as the study and integration of all disciplines that relate to the function and care of animals for the benefit of society by providing companionship, food, fiber, performance, and research. This degree in Animal Science is offered by Pennsylvania State University.


Graduate students in this Animal Science program at Pennsylvania State University may specialize in animal management, breeding, genetics and genomics, growth and developmental biology, meat science, nutrition, reproductive biology, and animal health.

The department maintains numerous facilities for research involving both small and large animals. Laboratories are equipped with the latest instrumentation. Herds of dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, white tail deer, horses, as well as flocks of poultry, including chickens, turkeys, and quail, are maintained for instruction and research.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge (e.g., nutrition, physiology, statistics, etc.), a command of the current literature relating to their thesis project, and a thorough understanding of the problems that their research addresses.
  • Students will apply current knowledge in their field to design animal studies and/or perform laboratory methods or other techniques to address their research problems, while generating and testing new ideas or hypotheses that provide solutions to those problems.
  • Students will effectively communicate their research findings, both in writing, via abstracts and manuscripts, and orally, via seminars and oral or poster presentations, to peers, advisors/mentors, and other scholars and/or stakeholders in their specialty field or beyond their discipline.
  • Students will be able to conceptualize and critically evaluate the work of others in their field.
  • Students will be able to identify ethical issues in research, will become familiar with University policies involving the use of animals and human subjects in research, will act ethically and exhibit collegiality with other professionals within or outside of their field, and will engage in service to the profession and to society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Canine Nutrition and Management
  • Advanced Horse Management
  • Transgenic Biology
  • Foundation Readings in Animal Science
  • Scientific Scholarship
  • Ruminology
  • Advanced Physiology of Reproduction in Farm Animals
  • Animal Genomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadline: anytime; however, for full consideration of fellowships and assistantships, completing your application by December 15 is highly recommended


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prerequisite to graduate work is the completion of an undergraduate major in animal science, dairy science, poultry science, or a related biological science.
  • Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  • Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission on a competitive basis.

Tuition Fee

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    43260 USD/year
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  • National

    43260 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43260 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    26062 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 26062 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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