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Master of Animal Science


The Master of Animal Science nonthesis degree program is designed to give students a deeper academic background in sub-disciplines associated with the field of Animal Science which include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management. This program is a distance education version of the Master of Animal Science degree. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Shannon Pratt Phillips,
Program Director
Phone: 919-513-1117
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Students completing the MAS degree pursue careers in livestock management and livestock production, with feed and animal health companies, and as agricultural extension agents and animal technicians. The program also provides preparation for veterinary and professional school.

(What will I learn?)

The Master of Animal Science program requires 36 credit hours, which includes 19 credits of core courses and 17 credits of elective courses.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applications to the MAS program are made through the Graduate School. The GRE (Graduate Records Examination) is required for those applying to the program. In addition to the GRE, other factors considered in the evaluation of applicants for full admission include: grade point average, TOEFL scores (international applicants), letters of recommendation and additional information that reflects the potential of the applicant for academic excellence.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

A student has six years to complete the master's program starting with the first course that is to be counted. Students may be part-time or full-time.

Note: Unlike the on-campus MAS program, the distance education version of the MAS program does not require the student to spend any time in residence on campus at NC State University; rather, the program may be completed with online classes only.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student (NDS).

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $14,668.92
Non-resident: $32,128.92

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