Prospective Students

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate students at the UMD Animal Science Department have the unique opportunity to learn from, teach with, and work alongside some of academia’s brightest minds. Our students choose from a variety of animal science, statistics, and biomolecular courses to serve as the foundation of their advanced education. Those with teaching assistantships play a leading role in instructing and assessing undergraduate-level animal science courses each semester. In their time here, all students work closely with their advisor on projects within their research specialty.

Graduate Courses

The animal science department offers a variety of advanced courses for its graduate students, including topics such as immunology, animal welfare, biotechnology, and infectious diseases. See Current Students page for degree requirements.

Research Opportunities

Students will work closely with their faculty mentor during their graduate studies. Applicants should look for a research lab that matches their own interests. The ANSC department currently has openings available in the following labs:

Genetics & Cell Biology:

  • Developmental potential and cell fate decisions during embryonic and early mammary development: Dr. Andrew Schiffmacher

  • Genomics & Bioinformatics: Dr. Li Ma

  • Neural crest and placode cell formation, migration and differentiation: Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

  • Role of E-cadherin in the intestinal homeostasis and regeneration: Dr. Younggeon Jin

  • Epigenetics and statistical genomics: Dr. Jiuzhou Song

  • Molecular, cellular, and genetic regulation of animal growth and reproduction by the neuroendocrine system: Dr. Tom Porter

Nutrient Utilization & Metabolism:

  • Apical junctional complex in gastrointestinal homeostasis and disease: Dr. Younggeon Jin

  • Genetics of nutritional iron metabolism and anemia: Dr. Iqbal Hamza

  • Mathematical modeling of rumen fermentation: Dr. Richard Kohn

  • Metal transporters in growth, development and disease: Dr. Byung-Eun Kim

  • Nutrient metabolism and health in ruminants and other livestock: Dr. Eduardo Rico

  • Omics approaches to enhance muscle growth and aquaculture production: Dr. Mohamed Salem

  • Molecular, cellular, and genetic regulation of animal growth and reproduction by the neuroendocrine system: Dr. Tom Porter

  • Mechanisms regulating the remodeling of Mitochondrial metabolism during various physiological states: Dr. Nishanth Sunny

Pathobiology & Infectious Diseases:

  • Understanding the molecular basis underpinning the pathogenesis of avian infectious diseases in order to improve disease control and develop better vaccines: Dr. Andrew Broadbent

  • Immune response to pathogens in animals: Dr. Zhengguo Xiao

  • Reduction of the colonization of foodborne pathogens in the intestine of farm animals by using pre-biotics, probiotics or their combination (synbiotics) as well as mitigation of antibiotic resistance by developing natural antimicrobial against enteric bacterial pathogens: Dr. Debabrata Biswas

  • Systems biology and one-health: Dr. Jiuzhou Song

Reproduction & Development:

  • Developmental potential and cell fate decisions during embryonic and early mammary development: Dr. Andrew Schiffmacher

  • Early embryonic patterning: Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

  • Molecular, cellular, and genetic regulation of animal growth and reproduction by the neuroendocrine system: Dr. Tom Porter

Animal Behavior & Well-being

  • Molecular, cellular, and genetic regulation of animal growth and reproduction by the neuroendocrine system: Dr. Tom Porter

Admissions

The animal science department offers a variety of advanced courses for its graduate students, including topics such as immunology, animal welfare, biotechnology, and infectious diseases.

Fall admission is the preferred option. Students should apply for spring admission only if they have been encouraged to do so by their potential future advisor. Students interested in being considered for a departmental assistantship should submit their application by the best consideration deadline of January 12, 2022 for Fall 2022 Term. Departmental assistantships include both research and teaching responsibilities.

Admission Requirements

Baseline Requirements:

  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

  • Combined GRE score (optional for Spring/Fall 2022): 300

  • Minimum TOEFL score (for international applicants): 100

    Please note: For complete details on UMD English Proficiency requirements, please visit the Graduate School requirements page.

 

Applicants with scores lower than the baseline in any one category may be considered if other components of their application are strong.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022:

  • International Final Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2022

  • Domestic Final Deadline: Wednesday, December 15, 2022

Fall 2022:

  • Best Consideration for an Assistantship: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

  • International Final Deadline: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

  • Domestic Final Deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tips for Success

ANSC Tips for Applicant Acceptance:

  • 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 (see Research Opportunities section above).

  • Review our guide on how to write a Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals 

Application Checklist

ANSC Graduate Application Checklist:

  • ☐ Review our Tips for Success tab

  • ☐ Online Application

  • ☐ Academic Transcripts

  • ☐ CV / Resume

  • ☐ Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals
    Review our guide

  • ☐ 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • ☐ Official GRE Scores (optional for Spring/Fall 2022)

  • ☐ Official TOEFL scores (international students)