Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Areas of Study

The world-renowned faculty in Animal Science provide opportunities for graduate students to study with some of the leading scientists in the world.  We offer MS and PhD degrees in four major programs. Graduate majors in Animal Science, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Physiology, and Meat Science are offered by the department, creating a wide range of opportunities for professional development.  

Animal Science

Animal Breeding and Genetics

Animal Physiology

Meat Science

Please note: The selection of a major program on your application will lead to your application being reviewed only by faculty members within that major. For example, if you apply to the Animal Breeding and Genetics major, your application will be evaluated only by our Animal Breeding and Genetics faculty. Please pay particular attention to your selection of major program.

If you wish to be considered for admission to more than one major program, you must indicate your choices both on your application form and in your statement of purpose. 

Interdepartmental Majors

The Department of Animal Science also participates in interdepartmental majors, thus providing a highly diverse blend of students and faculty, and a unique environment for graduate study. We serve as one of the home departments for students in these majors. Please note: each interdepartmental program observes its own procedures for application and admission. When applying to one of these programs, please consult the appropriate program Web site and/or Graduate Coordinator to ensure you follow the proper procedure.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, disability or status as a US Vietnam Era Veteran. 

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Customize Your Program

Your program should fit your interests. Review the graduate curriculum options availabe.