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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, but some departments within the College may have more specific requirements stated on their individual website (please follow the degree program links found at Degrees Offered to find program or departmental guidelines):

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 GPA 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 natural 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 application fee.
  2. Essay - an essay prompt is available on the ApplyTexas account at the end of the application process.  The essay may be submitted through ApplyTexas or can be created and saved as a computer file and then uploaded to the Applicant Information System when available - https://applicant.tamu.edu.
  3. 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.  For details about sending transcripts, please see the Office of Admissions website.
  4. 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 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. BIMS MS-Non-Thesis applicants, please see  /graduate/biomedical-sciences/non-thesis-option for more information.
  5. A Resumé or CV.
  6. 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 (e.g. 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).

*** Applicants to the Master of Science-Thesis concentration and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Pathobiology must have a faculty member from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences agree to serve as a faculty mentor prior to an admission decision. If an applicant does not identify the faculty mentor on the application for admission, it is the applicant's responsibility to communicate with the advisor for the degree program (listed on the Degrees Offered website) once a faculty mentor is identified. Failure of a Thesis or PhD applicant for these programs risks a negative decision on their admission if no faculty mentor is identified.

For further information about the documents required by the Office of Admissions, please visit the Graduate Admissions website. Also, before submitting the application for admission and accompanying documents, please see the section below with additional information specific to the degree you will pursue.

Application Deadlines

The CVM Graduate Studies application deadlines are as follows (*individual departments may have different deadlines, and early applications are encouraged):

SUMMER 2014

  • Summer deadline for international students: December 1, 2013
  • Summer deadline for domestic students: March 1, 2014
FALL 2014
  • Fall priority deadline for TAMU fellowship consideration: December 15 - U.S. citizens and permanent residents with strengths that make them eligible for a TAMU Merit or Diversity Fellowship must submit all application materials by December 15, 2013.
  • Fall deadline for international students: March 1, 2014
  • Fall deadline for domestic students: June 1, 2014

SPRING 2015

  • Spring deadline for international students: August 1, 2014
  • Spring deadline for domestic students: November 1, 2014

Competitive stipends are available for highly qualified applicants for a MS - Thesis or PhD degree. Information about funding opportunities can be found on the fellowships and scholarships website.

 

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

The PhD and MS - Thesis Option degrees 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. A faculty mentor will be the primary person to guide you as you advance through the program, and it is the faculty mentor's responsibility to provide the funds for the graduate assistantship stipend as well as the funds for the research expenses involved until the time the degree is awarded. Prospective students should follow these steps:

  • Ensure that you meet 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 Departments of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and Veterinary Pathobiology each offer 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, Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, Veterinary Pathology). 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.
  • Submit application materials as specified above.

More about the Doctor of Philosophy program

More about the Thesis Master's program

Non-Thesis Masters

The MS - Non-Thesis Option degrees have 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 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 Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Minimum TOEFL scores are 550for 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 Master's degree

Further information about Graduate Programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences can be obtained from:

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
VMA Bldg. Room 101
College Station, TX 77843-4461
(979) 845-5092
resgrad@cvm.tamu.edu


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