College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences


Welcome to the home page of the Graduate Program in Animal Sciences (ANSC)! We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Sciences. Students will work closely with their faculty mentor during their graduate studies. Join an exciting group of dedicated professors doing cutting-edge research in the following areas of the animal sciences:

The Department’s research programs extend beyond traditional areas of animal science and include investigation into the molecular, cellular and biochemical basis of animal reproduction and development; nutrient transport and utilization; and mechanisms in host-pathogen interactions and disease resistance. Read more about our Research Programs.

The Program has a long and successful track record in placing graduates in professional positions in Colleges and Universities, the biotechnology industries, human and veterinary medical institutions, and Federal and State Research Institutes. First place positions for former graduates include post-doctoral fellowships or research positions at premier Universities (Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, California Davis, and Wisconsin), NIH, USDA, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. Read some success stories of our former students!

Program Highlights 

  • Department of Animal and Avian Sciences ranked 9th in the U.S.
  • University of Maryland, College Park located in suburban Washington close to world-class government research institutes and a thriving biotechnology industry
  • The majority of accepted applicants receive Graduate Assistantships.  
  • Opportunities to collaborate with scientists at:

          The Smithsonian Institution 
          The National Institutes of Health 
          The Food and Drug Administration 
          The U.S. Department of Agriculture (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center)

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