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Graduate Program

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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 faculty in the Field of Animal Science include members from the Department of Animal Science, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students applying to the Field of Animal Science choose from the following concentrations:

  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal science
  • Physiology of reproduction
  • Animal genetics
  • Animal genomics


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 whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required, though the GRE can be waived for applicants whose native language is not English.

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.

Financial aid - (see also Graduate Program Funding)

Financial aid is available to many graduate students on a competitive basis in the form of assistantships and fellowships. Assistantships are administered by the department and are seldom offered to foreign students. They are granted for a one-year period but are renewable to students who are making satisfactory progress. Additionally, the Graduate School administers a number of fellowships. Assistantships and fellowships include a stipend, health insurance, and a waiver of tuition.

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