What will I learn?

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences offers three graduate degree programs: The Master of Science (MS) degree in Animal Science, the MS degree in Food Science .

In Animal Science, research programs are offered in physiology; ruminant and poultry nutrition; microbiology, immunology and pathology; molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.

In Food Science, research programs are offered in food biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, toxicology and processing.

M.S. Degree in Animal Science M.S. Degree in Food Science Time Limitation The programs are normally completed in 2 to 21/2 years of full-time study. All requirements for the Master’s degrees must be met within a maximum of ten consecutive semesters. Credits A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required, of which six credits must be six hours of thesis (869) or three hours of research (668/868) or a combination of both. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (4 point scale) in order to receive the M.S. degree. Core Courses All students pursuing the M.S. degree will complete the following core courses; ANFS 865 Seminar (1 cr.) or ANFS 665 Seminar (1 cr.), and CHEM 527 Introductory Biochemistry (3 cr.) or CHEM 641 Biochemistry (3 cr.), and a statistics course [FREC 608 Research Methods (3 cr.), FREC 806 Research Techniques and Procedures (3 cr.), or equivalent]. Elective Courses The remaining courses, totalling no less than 17 credit hours, will be determined by the student, faculty advisor and the Graduate Committee. These courses will vary among students depending on their specific needs to carry out their research and complete the program. Elective courses taken by students pursuing the M.S. in Animal Science include, but are not limited to, those with the ANFS, ANFS, BISC, CHEM, and FREC/STAT designations. Elective courses taken by students pursuing the M.S. in Food Science include, but are not limited to, those with the ANFS, ANFS, BISC, CHEM, FREC/STAT, CHEG, MATH, MEEG, PLSC, PHYS, AND NDTD designations.

Thesis A thesis reporting the objectives, procedures, results, and a discussion of the student’s research shall be prepared according to the most recent edition of the Thesis Manual prepared by the Office of Graduate Studies. Copies of the thesis shall be submitted to the student’s Graduate Committee at least ten working days prior to the final examination. It is highly recommended that the student present his/her research results at an appropriate scientific meeting and prepare a manuscript(s) based on his/her research results in a form suitable for publication. Published thesis research is acceptable as part of the thesis. At the discretion of the advisor, students may be required to provide a draft manuscript at the time of the defense.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$34,164.00 per year
USD $1,898 per credit hour
Start date

Expected February, August 2022

Venue

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Townsend Hall,

531 South College Avenue,

NEWARK,

Delaware,

19716, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants to a University of Delaware graduate program must possess (or be in the final year of completing) a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree.

For international students

Applicants to a University of Delaware graduate program must possess (or be in the final year of completing) a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered by the Educational Testing Service in test centers throughout the world. The University requires an official paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 or at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) for an applicant to be considered for admission. The University expects a minimum score of 18 on the Internet-based Speaking Test. IELTS Australia. A band score of 6.5 is expected by the University.

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

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