The graduate program in endocrinology and animal biosciences
provides research-oriented training leading to the master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in
basic animal physiology. A major emphasis of the program is on endocrine
physiology with research conducted at the organismal, cellular, and molecular
levels. The members of the graduate faculty come from many different
departments across Rutgers, including animal sciences, nutritional sciences, food science, exercise science and sport studies, and biochemistry and microbiology. Major areas of interest include endocrinology of growth,
lactation and reproduction, neuroendocrinology and immune function, equine
science, and exercise physiology.
Applicants are expected to have a strong background in the life sciences, including courses in general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology, as well as mathematics through calculus. The Graduate Record Examination is required.
The M.S. degree requires 30 credits, including at least 6 credits of research. A research thesis and comprehensive final exam must be completed for this degree. Students must present a thesis defense seminar at the end of their program.
The Ph.D. degree requires 72 credits, including at least 24 credits of coursework. Students must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination that demonstrates competence in endocrinology, integrated physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, and statistics and experimental design. Students also complete a research-based dissertation and oral defense. Students present two seminars (dissertation proposal and dissertation defense) during their program.
Visit our website at http://animalsciences.rutgers.edu/graduate/index.html.