What will I learn?

The mission of the Comparative and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) program is to train outstanding scientists in the basic mechanisms of animal and human health and disease. The CMB program embraces a One Health approach and investigates a wide range of species, including humans, laboratory animals, companion animals, and livestock species.

The CMB program is transdisciplinary, bringing together basic, applied, and clinical scientists from a number of departments to provide students with individualized, cutting-edge biomedical research training. Areas of emphasis include genetic and infectious diseases, and comparative aspects of biology and pathology across animal species and humans. Students receive scientific training that prepares them for careers as independent investigators and educators in academia, industry, and government.

The purpose of the master's degree is to provide technical training and scientific competence in the basic mechanisms of animal and human health and disease.

Intake: Fall

Which department am I in?

College of Veterinary Medicine

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$57,970.00 per year

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

Start date

September 2022


College of Veterinary Medicine

1365 Gortner Avenue,



55108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.50. Relevant professional experience and/or a relevant undergraduate major is required.

For international students

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.25.

A bachelor's degree in a biological or basic science is required. Previous laboratory experience is strongly preferred.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.

Submission of all application materials by December 1 is required to ensure consideration for fall semester admission.


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