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.

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:

Nutrient Utilization & Metabolism:

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 (Spring & Fall 2021)

  • Immune response to pathogens in animals: Dr. Zhengguo Xiao (Fall 2021)

Reproduction & Development:

  • Behavioral neurophysiology and better understanding the mechanisms of neural plasticity and the impacts behavior: Dr. Rachel Dennis

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

  • Early embryonic patterning: Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

Animal Behavior & Well-being

  • Impacts of environmental stressors on the behavior and well-being of agricultural animals: Dr. Shawna Weimer

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.

Admission Requirements

Baseline Requirements:

  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

  • Combined GRE score: 300
    (The requirement for submission of GRE scores has been waived for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.)

  • 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

Fall 2021:

  • Best consideration for an assistantship: January 15, 2021

  • International final deadline: February 24, 2021

  • Domestic final deadline: May 12, 2021

Spring 2021:

  • International final deadline: September 16, 2020

  • Domestic final deadline: December 16, 2020

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 (not required for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 applications)

  • ☐ Official TOEFL scores (international students)