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What will I learn?

The graduate major in animal science offers students the option of pursuing MS study with a broader focus than the department's other majors. Students in this major take courses in the five main sub-fields of animal science: breeding, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, and meat science, while focusing on one species of domestic animals. Animal science majors frequently focus on research problems related to livestock production systems.

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in Animal Sciences and related disciplines.

Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to Animal Sciences and related disciplines.

Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data and information.

Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.

Clearly and accurately communicate research findings using written, oral, visual, and electronic means of communication.

Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$28,030.00 (20,80,818) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 September 2021

Start date

23 August 2021


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

138 Curtiss Hall,

513 Farm House Ln.,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

  • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • TOEFL Paper (PBT): 550
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 53
  • Duo Lingo English Test: 105 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: February 1 for following fall semester, September 1 for following spring semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Iowa State University

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