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Graduate Degree Program

Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences Graduate Student Program includes master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science and Food Science.


Further your education in a vibrant department that prides itself on conducting cutting-edge research, as well as applied research that will benefit the state of Oklahoma and the country.

The OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences continues to be one of the best graduate programs in the country. You will have a fantastic support network to guide you through the program. Graduate programs, faculty and students work in conjunction with the Graduate College to achieve an academic and research environment that promotes diversity and excellence in graduate education.

If you desire to continue your education beyond a bachelor's degree, our department offers a variety of programs through which you can earn graduate certificates or master's or doctoral degrees.

Animal Science Graduate Student Association


Master of Science

Our department offers Master of Science degrees in animal science and food science. An M.S. option allows students to obtain a master's via a more traditional route, including a combination of coursework and research.

The master's degree may be earned by one of three plans of study:

  • Plan I - with thesis, 30 credit hours consisting of 24 hours of course work and six hours of research with a grade of "SR."
  • Plan II - with report, 32 credit hours, consisting of 30 hours of course work and two hours of research with a grade of "SR."
  • Plan III - with no thesis or report, 32 credit hours of course work, including the creative component. The creative component may be a special report, an annotated bibliography, a project in research or design, or other creative activity, as designated by the advisory committee. Courses numbered 5000 or 6000 may not be used on a plan of study involving a creative component.

Doctor of Philosophy

Our department offers Doctor of Philosophy degrees in animal science and food science. This degree requires a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, or a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree in related discipline.

Master of Agriculture

A Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) degree is available, but is considered a terminal degree and not suggested if you desire to pursue an additional degree upon completion. The Master of Agriculture degree is a "terminal" degree designed for students who want to advance in agricultural careers that do not usually offer advantages or incentives for acquiring a doctorate. The M.Ag. program offers flexibility in curriculum that permits special emphasis and application in some areas and broader overall knowledge in others.

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Research Support Available

There are several on-campus support services available to aid in your research including:

  • Grant writing support
  • Statistics support
  • Scientific writing support
  • Chemical and biological reagent supply centers



Journals & Library Services

You should become very familiar with searching and reading primary literature. The OSU Library has paid access to thousands of journals. If an article requires paid access, you can always do an interlibrary loan request (ILL) and receive virtually any article or book for free. See your librarian for questions.


Our graduate students are encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible. Departmental seminars feature invited speakers presenting various topics related to animal agriculture, as well as graduate students and faculty presenting their research.

Seminars are held on Fridays at 12:30p.m. in ANSI 124.

Presenting Research

There are many opportunities to present your research, including:

  • Scientific meetings and societies
  • Annual Whiteman Competition
  • FAPC Food Science Research Symposium
  • OSU 3 Minute Thesis Competition - 3MT
  • Three Minute Presentation - 3MP
  • Biological Sciences Symposium

ANSI Graduate Student Association

The Animal Science Graduate Student Association (AGSA) currently consists of approximately 50 graduate students. Their objective is to promote professional and social interactions among graduate students within our department and with university faculty while successfully conducting research and extra-curricular activities.

Need Assistance?

If you need more information, I am here to answer your questions and provide information that can ensure you have a seamless transition to graduate studies at OSU. I look forward to helping you become part of the Cowboy Family!

Additional information regarding specific programs and admissions requirements and procedures may be found on the OSU Graduate College website. Learn more in our graduate program manual.

Scott Carter
Scott Carter

Graduate Student Program Coordinator
212B Animal Science

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