Animal Sciences, MANSC

for the Master of Science in Animal Sciences Major in Animal Sciences

department head: Rodney Johnson

graduate program coordinator: Sandra Rodriguez-Zas

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department faculty:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

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department office: 110 Animal Sciences Laboratory, 1207 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-3131


Graduate Degree Programs in Animal Sciences

Graduate Majors:

Animal Sciences, MANSC

Animal Sciences, MS

Animal Sciences, PhD

Graduate Concentrations:

Bioinformatics: Animal Sciences, MS

Research Areas

The Department of Animal Sciences offers graduate work leading to the Master of Animal Sciences, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Fields of specialization include:

• animal breeding & genetics • animal behavior • biochemistry • nutrition
• systems of animal management & production • physiology of lactation • environmental physiology • meat science & muscle biology
• physiology of reproduction • immunobiology • microbiology  

Beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, and a variety of companion and laboratory animals are available for study.

The genomic and proteomic projects are generating large amounts of complex biological data that require effective storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation. The bioinformatics degree program provides students with the skills necessary to augment the understanding and use of agricultural, biological and medical information and resources through the application of molecular, chemical, physical, computational, statistical, mathematical and informatic techniques. Students interested in this program may come with undergraduate training in one of the following areas:

  1. biological and agricultural sciences,
  2. statistical, mathematical and computer sciences,
  3. informatics and engineering sciences.

Graduates from the Bioinformatics program will be able to integrate basic and applied concepts in the three areas and applied them to biotechnology and medical research.


Candidates for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution equivalent to those from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate work and for any graduate study is required for admission. Students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and are recommended to take the advanced test in biology. English proficiency requirements for admission follow Graduate College requirement. Emphasis is placed on a student’s interest and ability in research as demonstrated by previous work and letters of recommendation. Admission is possible for spring and summer semesters.

For the M.A.N.S.C., application materials include baccalaureate degree transcripts, resume, personal statement, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores, and three letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be provided by the Animal Sciences faculty member that will advise the student indicating commitment to mentor. A departmental committee will evaluate the applications and recommend admissions.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is encouraged as part of the academic work of students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

for the Master of Science in Animal Sciences Major in Animal Sciences

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook. 

ANSC 590Animal Sciences Seminar2
ANSC 440Applied Statistical Methods I4
or ANSC 445 Statistical Methods
500-level courses6
400- or 500-level ANSC courses6
Other graduate-level electives 8
ANSC 592Adv Topics in Animal Science6
or ANSC 593 Res Studies in Animal Sciences
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other Requirements and conditions may overlap
Minimum GPA: 3.0

ANSC 592 or ANSC 593 Research Studies:  

  • In consultation with their faculty advisor, students will select courses that support the individual research studies project and strengthen career opportunities. The individual research studies project or internship experience and a written report will fulfill the ANSC 592 (Advanced Topics in Animal Science) or ANSC 593 (Research Studies in Animal Sciences) capstone project requirement. The project or internship and the written product provide evidence that the student:

i) understands and can apply the scientific method;

ii) has the capability to analyze and interpret scientific information; and

iii) can effectively communicate scientific information in a field of animal sciences. The written product will follow the format and style of a peer-reviewed manuscript.