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Animal Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Manhattan, KS, United States
The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is a comprehensive unit supported by about 50 faculty devoted to research, teaching, and extension activities related to domestic farm animals species. Currently, the department has approximately 1,200 undergraduate students advised in the department and about 75 graduate students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the Animal Science graduate program.
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For graduate training, the department has animal research and teaching units located conveniently to the main campus. Those units include beef (grazing and feedlot), dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, and horse teaching and research units. In addition, both Call Hall and Weber Hall contain laboratories equipped to conduct most analytical techniques required for research.

Graduate training in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is organized within six functional discipline groups including animal breeding and genetics, meat science, monogastric nutrition, physiology, ruminant nutrition, and food science. The food science program represents a large interdisciplinary degree program and is detailed in a separate area in the catalog.

Programs of study must follow the policies of the Graduate School. All Ph.D. students must complete 3 hours of ASI 990 (Seminar in Animal Sciences Research). Students who have previously completed a research-based M.S. degree must complete at least 25 hours of ASI 999 (Doctoral Research in Animal Sciences and Industry), whereas students who have not completed a M.S. degree must complete at least 32 hours of ASI 999 (Doctoral Research in Animal Sciences and Industry).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Genetics
  • Equine Reproduction Management
  • Food Science: Chemistry and Application
  • Animal Breeding Principles
  • Bovine Reproductive Technologies
  • Beef Science
  • Companion Animal Management
  • Horse Science
  • Sheep and Meat Goat Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology of Farm Animals
  • Swine Science

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Submit Online Application
  • Pay the $80 USD Application Fee
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit Copy of Passport
  • Submit Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    425 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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  • Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
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