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Animal Sciences, Ph.D.

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University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States
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The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences offers programs leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Animal Sciences. Areas of study include reproductive biology, nutritional and mammary gland biology, molecular genetics, heat stress physiology, and racetrack management.

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) brings together animal scientists, veterinarians, microbiologists and others to offer the strongest possible programs in research, education and outreach. This school was formed in order to offer more integrated research and educational opportunities in the animal and biomedical sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students on program stipends are expected to devote a minimum of 20 hour per week to research/teaching/extension activities assigned by the student’s major advisor or the School.  

This does not include the time in class and may not include time involved on thesis or dissertation research.  

Note: students are expected to work during time between academic sessions. The times between sessions are not holidays or vacation days.  

A student may request a series of laboratory rotations (maximum of three laboratories). Laboratory rotations will be approved by their graduate committee and are not to exceed two semesters.  

When students complete a period in a single laboratory they must submit a laboratory report form to Program Committee Chair (see appendix V). The purpose of the form is to ensure a quality laboratory experience for the student. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL: 550
  • Minimum IELTS: 7
  • Required test(s): GRE
  • Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program (Certificate only programs do not satisfy this requirement.  Furthermore, Law, Medicine and Pharmacy students are not normally eligible for GA positions unless concurrently enrolled in a regular degree seeking program). 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (If a student is newly admitted, the admission GPA is considered for this requirement).  A student must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their employment.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level units for credit (Undergraduate, Outreach, or audited courses do not satisfy this requirement).  Hiring departments may require a higher enrollment. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1729 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    812 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Limited numbers of Graduate Assistanships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available through the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. The GTA positions are provided on a semester- by- semester basis and generally require the recipient to assist in teaching courses in the core cirriculum of the undergraduate Animal Sciences major. The GRA positions are generally supported by funding acquired by the major professor and are provided during semesters when the student does not have formal teaching assistant duties. Since faculty support is required, applicants are accepted upon the commitment of Animal Sciences Grad Program faculty member to provide supplemental financial aid to assure successful completion of the graduate degree. Animal Science Grad students may also apply for a wide range of graduate student scholarships and fellowships offered by the University of Arizona.

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