Graduate Field of Animal Science
Approximately 40 graduate students from a variety of disciplines belong to the Department of Animal Science, most of them in the Field of Animal Science. The program offers unusual flexibility designed to accommodate individual interests and goals. There are several advantages to being a graduate student at Cornell and in the Department of Animal Science, including access to Cornell’s wealth of intellectual (and other) resources and cooperation among students and faculty with common and complementary interests.
Fields and major subjects
Graduate Fields at Cornell are administrative units of the Graduate School. Graduate faculty in the Field of Animal Science include members from the Department of Animal Science, Department of Food Science, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Information about the Field of Animal Science, as well as general application information and on-line forms, may be found at the following website: https://www.gradschool.cornell.edu.
The Field of Animal Science offers four degree programs:
Students applying to the Field of Animal Science can choose from the following concentrations:
- Animal Nutrition
- Animal Science
- Physiology of Reproduction
- Animal Genetics
- Animal Genomics
For more information regarding subject and degree programs, visit: https://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/academics/fields-of-study/field/animal-science
Criteria for selection:
Candidates to the Field of Animal Science come from many academic backgrounds. To be considered for admission, applicants must be graduates of recognized colleges or universities, show promise of ability to undertake advanced study and research, have adequate preparation in the field, and have a fluent command of the English language. Applicants are evaluated on academic credentials (GPAs, GRE scores), their statement of purpose, and letters of recommendations. There are no set standards when it comes to GPAs or GRE scores; we are searching for applicants who we believe can flourish in the program. Prior research experience is considered useful. Complete applications are due January 1 for Fall semester admission.
- GRE scores: The Field of Animal Science does require all American citizens to submit GRE scores for MS and PhD program applications, but not MPS applications. GRE scores are not required for International students, but are encouraged. There is no set score required for the Field of Animal Science, but the selection process is competitive and GRE scores are among a variety of considerations for selection.
- TOEFL scores: Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the official scores reported to Cornell from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The Graduate School recommends the following minimum scores on the four-part iBT TOEFL exam: Writing: 20; Listening: 15; Reading: 20; Speaking: 22. The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have studied full-time for two or more years in a college or university where English is the language of instruction and the college or university is located in a country where English is the native language.
- Transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School by each previously attended college or university. The Field of Animal Science does not have a minimum acceptable GPA, but, again, applicants must keep in mind that the selection process within the Field is highly competitive and GPA scores are strongly considered.
- Statement of purpose and program fit: To ensure that applicants find a program that fits their personal interests, the Field of Animal Science strongly encourages applicants to research the programs available within the Field of Animal Science. We also encourage applicants to make a connection with a member of the Field specializing in their interest of study before applying. It is important to indicate such a connection and interest in the research being conducted by a member of the Field on the application and in the “Statement of Purpose” part of the application.
- Letters of recommendation. The Field of Animal Science requires two letters of recommendation, but will accept and welcome one or two additional letters of recommendation.
In order to ensure that applicants enter a program fitting their personal interests, the Field of Animal Science strongly encourages applicants to explore programs available within the Field of Animal Science and to connect with a member of the Field specializing in their interest of study before applying. Such a connection and interest in the research being conducted by a member of the Field should be included on the application and in the “Statement of Purpose” part of the application.
For more information, prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research programs are aligned with the interests of the applicant.
Funding - (see also Graduate Program Funding)
The application can also serve as a request for funding. Students are not admitted unless funding is available to them. Financial aid is available to many graduate students on a competitive basis in the form of assistantships and fellowships. Assistantships for the most competitive applicants may be available from the Department of Animal Science, but these assistantships usually are awarded only to American citizens and are only offered for fall admission. Cornell Fellowships may also be available. Assistantships may also be funded from grant funds received by individual faculty. See the Financial Support page on the Graduate School website for more details about Cornell Fellowships. Graduate assistantship rates are given here. In the Field of Animal Science, most assistantships are 12 months/year. Graduate students who receive assistantships are also awarded full tuition and health insurance. The number of available assistantships in the Field varies depending upon the number of students who are expected to complete their degrees before the start of the fall semester. Assistantships are not available for students accepted into the MPS degree program.
The Field of Animal Science has limited resources for international students and can rarely offer financial support to them. The Graduate School requires that international students provide documented financial support before they may be admitted. International students should seek financial assistance from their own governmental agencies or international foundations. Self-funded PhD Students are not accepted. Faculty within the Field may have funding for graduate students from grants. Students who are not offered financial support through the Department of Animal Science or other departments at Cornell are not accepted unless they have been awarded funding to provide the equivalent of a Cornell Assistantship. In the Field of Animal Science this includes the items in Table 1.
Table 1. Department of Animal Science Graduate Student Assistantship Amounts for 2019-2020 (subject to change).
(A few small fees are not included in the table.)
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