College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences



Baseline Requirements:

  • A minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or for international students, a B or better rating by International Education Services.
  • A minimum total score of 300 for Verbal and Quantitative GRE with neither score being less than 150. A 4.0 for the Analytical test is recommended.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for international students (when applicable).
  • Applicants with scores lower than the baseline in any one category may be considered if other components of their application are strong.
  • For the Graduate School English Profeciency requirements, visit their website.

Admission Deadlines:


  • International –  January 15 for consideration for an assistantship (deadline March 11)
  • Domestic – January 15 for consideration for an assistantship (deadline May 13)


  • International – September 25  
  • Domestic –October 31 for best consideration (deadline December 17)
Students interested in being considered for a departmental assistantship should submit their application by the early application deadline of January 15th for Fall Term. Departmental assistantships include both research and teaching responsibilities. International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) who are non-native speakers of English are required to undergo an evaluation of their spoken English abilities by the Maryland English Institute. To be exempt from testing, the ITA must have achieved a score of 26 or higher on the speaking sub-section of the TOEFL, or a score of 8.0 or higher on the speaking sub-section of the IELTS.  For more information about assistantships please visit the Graduate Catalog's Policies for Graduate Assistantships page.
Click here to see our Graduate Admissions Checklist

Online Application 

All applicants must provide the following:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals (click here for guidelines on how to write a Statement)
  • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores for international applicants

Finding an Advisor

We recommend that prior to applying you contact one or more faculty members whose research interests mesh with yours.   Identifying an advisor first can be helpful to determine whether the faculty member and their research is a good fit for the applicant and whether the faculty member is taking new graduate students into their lab.  Students can learn more about our faculty members and the research they are doing by visiting their profiles on our website. To find a list of faculty members that are actively seeking students, please visit our Research Opportunities tab.

General Information

Please contact our Graduate Program with questions. For more information on our program please visit our page in the Graduate Catalog.

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