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The School of Animal Sciences Graduate Program

Educating the next generation of scientists and industry leaders

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The School of Animal Sciences Graduate Program offers several degrees in multiple disciplines with a program of study tailored to fit the career objectives and intersts of the student. Our graduate students have diverse backgrounds and research interests with opportunities to conduct basic, applied, and computational research. Additionally, graduate students have the the opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience and to participate in extension education programs along with their involvement in research programs.

The School resides in Litton-Reaves Hall, a modern, well-equipped, office building.  In addition to offices, it includes extensive laboratory and classroom facilities designed to support research, teaching, and extension programs.  Computing facilities are available in the building, at various campus locations, and at the University Computing Center.

Graduate degrees offered:

Our graduate students enjoy the flexibility to design individual programs that best meet their long-term career objectives.

  • M.S., Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • M.S.L.S., Dairy Science
  • Ph.D., Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Ph.D., Animal and Poultry Sciences - Dairy Science


A large number of multidiciplinary research programs exist in the School of Animal Sciences with a multitude of faculty interests.  All graduate students work closely with a mentor to identify courses and people that can facilitate completion of a research project while fostering a learning environment. Mentors are available in the disciplines listed below.

Faculty within the School of Animal Sciences Graduate Program participate in several multidisciplinary graduate programs.  Working with their mentor, graduate students may earn a degree through one of these alternate programs.  For additional information on these programs, visit the respective websites.

Financial Aid

The school awards several Graduate Research Assistantships to qualified students each year. Information regarding assistantship eligibility and a stipend table with assistantship rates may be found at the Graduate School web page here. The School of Animal Science funds beginning M.S. students at step 8, and beginning Ph.D. students at step 10. Assistantships are renewed annually for students demonstrating satisfactory progress.

Virginia Tech Graduate School

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0325
Phone:  (540) 231-6691
Fax:  (540) 231-3714