Why Graduate School?

  • Graduate school constitutes an advanced program of study focused on a particular academic discipline
  • In the animal or food sciences, graduate degrees are required for some higher level technical positions in industry, government, and academia
  • Graduate students conduct original research in a specific discipline (for example animal nutrition, animal reproductive physiology, growth physiology, immunology, virology, genetics, genomics, food microbiology, flavor chemistry, functional properties of foods)
  • Compared to undergraduate studies, graduate students in the animal or food sciences take one to two discipline-specific courses each semester and expectations regarding the quality and quantity of academic work are greater
  • Graduate degrees are available in almost any subject and should be selected based on your career objectives
  • Master’s degrees are usually completed by full-time students in 2 years. Following completion of a Master’s Degree, students can seek employment, apply to professional schools, or continue to a Doctoral Degree Program.
  • Doctoral degrees are the highest degrees possible. They usually require the creation of new knowledge via independent research on a focused issue. Doctoral degrees typically take 3-4 years to complete if a student already has a Master’s Degree or 5-7 years to complete without a Master’s Degree. Doctoral Degree recipients are eligible for highly-skilled jobs related to their field of study.