The graduate program in animal sciences offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees as part of the large and interactive community of biological scientists at Rutgers and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition to faculty from these universities, other members of the program come from research divisions of local pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Major areas of research include animal nutrition; by-product utilization; endocrinology of growth, lactation, and reproduction; equine science and exercise physiology; neuroendocrinology; and behavior.
Applicants are expected to have a strong background in biological sciences, including courses in general and organic chemistry and mathematics through calculus. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken, and the subject test in biology is recommended but not required.
All students in the program must demonstrate competence in physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, animal bioscience and technology, and statistics/experimental design. There are no language or residency requirements.
The M.S. degree requires 30 credits, including at least 6 credits of research. A research thesis must be completed for this degree.
The Ph.D. degree requires 72 credits, including at least 24 credits of course work and 24 credits of research. Students must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination and complete a research dissertation.