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What will I learn?

The equine science option at UNH allows students to pursue an interest in horsemanship while also gaining a solid foundation in equine science. Core courses include genetics, equine disease, equine sports medicine, equine reproduction and animal nutrition. Students also may study subjects ranging from farm waste management to forage and grassland management to animal behavior and cognition. Many students in the program continue their studies in veterinary school or in other graduate-level subjects.


The UNH equine science degree program offers a unique and well-rounded curriculum that combines award-winning equestrian teams with strong academics and outstanding opportunities for hands-on learning, including on-site USEF/USEA-recognized horse trials and a center accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), giving students real-world experience in the equine industry. Students in the equine program have daily opportunities to work with horses on campus. Our facilities — all of which are located within a 10-minute walk from campus — include the 40-stall Tirrell Horse Barn, the W.C. Skoglund indoor riding arena, a lighted outdoor riding arena, a full cross-country course, three regulation-size dressage competition arenas and the Lou & Lutza Smith Equine Center.


Equine rehabilitation specialist
Equine breeding technician/manager
Equine nutritional sales and marketing
Equine pharmaceutical sales
Equine physiotherapist


This option is designed for:

Students interested in a career in the scientific or technical fields within the equine industry, including nutrition, rehabilitation, reproduction, and research.
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies, including veterinary school.

This option combines equine classes with a more intensive science curriculum, which includes animal behaviour, reproduction, and nutrition.

ANSC419: Horse Power is offered online during the Summer session. This class, which satisfies the Humanities requirement of the discovery program, explores the horse's role in history, art and culture. Also, ANSC 405 – Horsemanship Theory is a 2-credit online course which is offered every spring. UNH also offers a growing variety of online classes, some of which equine students can use to fulfill general requirements.

Which department am I in?

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$34,430.00 per year
Application deadline

15 October 2022, 15 November 2022

Start date

24 January 2023, 28 August 2023


University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street,


New Hampshire,

03824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a bachelor's degree program is based upon successful completion of a strong secondary school program of college preparatory coursework. Primary consideration is given to the academic record, as demonstrated by the quality of the candidate's secondary school course selections, achievement in their secondary school courses and recommendation. Consideration is also given to character, initiative, leadership, and special talents.

For international students

Each student must have their official high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.

English Language Score:

Minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version); recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5; recommend Duolingo score is 105 or higher.

Application Deadlines - Early Action (Fall) - November 15; Regular Decision (Fall) - February 1; Regular Decision (Spring) - October 15.

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


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