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If you are not ready to apply but wish to let the CVM know of your interest in our graduate degrees, please fill out the Graduate Studies Interest Form.

General Application Information

The following is an overview of the required application materials necessary for admission to a graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The admissions requirments for the Master in Science & Technology Journalism (STJR) and Master in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (VPHE) can be found on their respective webpages.

For consideration of admission to a graduate degree program in the CVM, prospective students must have a minimum of baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) awarded from an accredited institution of higher education prior to the beginning of the first semester of coursework for the degree program. The typical competitive candidate will also have a minimum 3.00 GPR in all levels of previous postgraduate study, a GRE total score of 300 or higher (revised score; 1100 prior scoring), and show success in previous natual sciences and related coursework.


To successfully apply for admission, prospective students must submit all of the following materials by the deadline respective to the expected semester of entry into Graduate Studies:

  1. A completed common application for admission through ApplyTexas with the accompanying essay and application fee
  2. Official transcripts- an official copy of a transcript from each undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institution you have attended. All transcripts must be in English, or have a certified translation provided
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL (if applicable) scores- an official score report from ETS documenting the GRE General Test (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing) scores for the test(s) taken within the last five years. When applicable, students must also provide valid TOEFL scores from ETS. The institution code is 6003, with no department code necessary
  4. A Resume or CV and a personal statment of interest in biomedical science
  5. Letters of Recommendation- provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (eg. employers). Please be aware that TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application. Applicants may access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Applicant Information System (AIS) through the Howdy Portal

 

Application Deadlines

The CVM Graduate Studies application deadlines are as follows (STJR and VPHE programs may have different deadlines, and early applications are encouraged):

  • Fall priority deadline for domestic students TAMU fellowship consideration: December 15 - Those students with strengths that make them eligible for a TAMU Merit or Diversity Fellowship must submit all application materials by December 15
  • Fall deadline for international students: March 1
  • Fall deadline for domestic students: June 1
  • Spring deadline for international students: August 1
  • Spring deadline for domestic students: November 1
  • Summer deadline for international students: December 1
  • Summer deadline for domestic students: March 1

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Thesis Masters (M.S.) programs

The PhD and MS - Thesis Option programs offered by the CVM provide a curriculum and research experience that allows a student to gain the knowledge and experience to move into professional research environments including academic, government, and industrial laboratories.  Prospective students should follow these steps:

  • Ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements - Those applying must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examinations are required in addition to a strong coursework foundation in the sciences. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Minimum TOEFL scores are 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT), 213 for computer-based testing (c-BT), and 80 for internet-based testing (i-BT)
  • Identify the degree program that aligns with your interests - The CVM offers several different graduate degrees. Our largest graduate program is Biomedical Sciences (BIMS). Students can earn a BIMS Master's degree with a Thesis Option or a Non-Thesis Option or a Doctorate degree through any department in the CVM. The Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences offers additional programs of study for which you can apply to by selecting the title of the program on the common application (e.g. Science and Technology Journalism, and Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health). There are also interdisciplinary programs with close ties to the CVM such as Toxicology through which students may pursue a Master's or PhD degree.
  • Identify a Faculty Mentor - Applicants to most of the Thesis Master's or Doctor of Philosophy degrees must identify a mentor in the discipline they intend to study prior to submitting an application. It is expected that the faculty mentor will provide funds for the graduate assistantship stipend as well as funds for research expenses involved until the time that the degree is awarded. You can review and search our faculty profiles using our faculty directory or find more information about the faculty for the individual degree program through the program website.
  • Identify an academic track within the program - Applicants will need to identify a track they most identify with. The different tracks and information about them can be found here.
  • Submit application materials as specified above

Non-Thesis Masters

The MS Non-Thesis Option degree has a curriculum designed to prepare students for future study or professional employment. Students seeking this type of degree will participate in science courses but also have the flexibility to choose courses from within and outside of the college to match their interests and have the necessary preparation for their future endeavors. Prospective students who are interested in the Masters Non-Thesis Option programs should follow these steps:

  • Ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements - Those applying must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examinations are required as well as a strong coursework foundation in the sciences. Students applying whose native language is not English, are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Minimum TOEFL scores are 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT), 213 for computer-based testing (c-BT), and 80 for internet-based testing (i-BT)
  • Submit application materials as specified above

More about the Non-Thesis Masters Degree