Prospective Graduate Student

Thank you for your interest in the Animal Sciences graduate program! Masters and Ph.D. programs are both offered in the Animal Sciences Graduate Program.

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Admissions Instructions

Students should apply well in advance of the semester in which they wish to enter, but not more than one year before the proposed entry date. Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year, with cutoff dates for each term. The priority application date for fall semester is April 15th and the cutoff date for spring semester is October 15th. Applicants have a higher chance of being admitted if there is a potential advisor interested in their application. Students are highly encouraged to connect with faculty members they are interested in working with before applying.

All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system through the University of Minnesota's Graduate School website. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system. A decision for admission notice will be sent to you once your application is reviewed by our Admission Committee. General information about the University of Minnesota Graduate School and other application information can be found at

The prerequisites for admission into the Animal Sciences Graduate Program are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its international equivalent in agriculture, biology, or a closely related field. Applicants should have substantial training in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics. A minimum baccalaureate grade point average of 3.0 is generally required for admission to the M.S. program. A minimum M.S. grade point average of 3.0 is generally required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

  2. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a requirement of the Graduate School for all applicants whose native language is not English. The Univ. of MInnesota code is 6874 and the department is 99.  Please read the graduate schools requirements for minimum scores for entry. 

  4. Three letters of recommendation.

  5. Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. 

  6. Both the personal and diversity statement is required. In the personal statement, describe your objectives and goals. Also include any prior research experience. A writing statement is not required.

  7. If you have already identified and confirmed a faculty member who will serve as your advisor, please write a paragraph in your personal statement highlighting why you are interested in working with them. Applicants have a higher chance of being admitted if there is a potential advisor interested in their application. 
    If you have not yet identified and confirmed a faculty member who will serve as your advisor, please select up to three faculty members that you are interested in working with. In your personal statement, write a paragraph for each faculty member highlighting why their research and work interests you and what you hope to gain working with them specifically. 

Questions? Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sue Knoblauch (