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Master of Science in Comparative Biosciences


Course Description

Choose Comparative Biosciences to learn from outstanding researchers who are advancing human, animal, and environmental health.

Our graduate programs provide advanced research training in stem cell research, molecular genetics, pharmacology, and toxicology. The range of faculty projects and interests is outlined on the departmental home page (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/research/departments/comparative-biosciences/#Areas) and within individual faculty biosketches (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/research/departments/comparative-biosciences/#Faculty).

All graduate programs are tailored to meet the goals and expectations of the individual student. The department requires a minimum of core courses, thus allowing the greatest possible flexibility in program design. It is expected that students will earn the master of science degree within two to three years or the PhD degree within four to five years after enrolling. Students may earn the PhD degree without earning the master’s degree. Doctoral degrees are designed to prepare competitive research scientists and effective teachers.

About half of current graduate students hold the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree. The department is committed to increasing the number of veterinarians educated to be competitive scientists. We also seek to increase our numbers of domestic students, especially with regard to under-represented minorities.

Application Information

- Applications, submitted with all supplemental materials, and a fee of $70 for U.S. students, and $90 for international students, are due by January 1 for admission in the Fall semester and June 1 for admission in the Spring semester.
- The department requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- The department must receive an official copy of the results of the GRE (General Exam), taken within the past five years, in order to consider an application complete.

Entry Requirements

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