VMS - Comparative Biosciences, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Science - Comparative Biosciences

dean of the college of veterinary medicine: Peter D. Constable

head of the department: Uwe Rudolph

director of graduate studies: Megan Mahoney

assistant director of graduate studies: Juanmahel Davila

department website: https://www.vetmed.illinois.edu/cb

department faculty: Comparative Biosciences Faculty

overview of admissions & requirements: Comparative Biosciences Graduate Program

college website: College of Veterinary Medicine

email: cbgradprogram@vetmed.illinois.edu

graduate office: 3519 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802

phone: (217) 333-2506

Graduate Degree Programs in Comparative Biosciences

VMS - Comparative Biosciences, MS

VMS - Comparative Biosciences, PhD

Joint Degree Programs: Veterinary Medical Scholars Program

DVM and VMS - Comparative Biosciences, PhD


Applicants for graduate study in Comparative Biosciences must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0). Grade point averages will be calculated on the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies for those without the D.V.M. degree and on the entire professional curriculum for those with the D.V.M., or equivalent degree. Applicants with a graduate degree or with some graduate coursework will be evaluated on the basis of their graduate work as well as their undergraduate or professional records. Qualifications of students must be approved by the department’s Graduate Studies Committee.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional.

Domestic and international applicants whose native language is not English must fulfill the language requirements as stated by the Graduate College  (Refer to the guidelines of the Graduate College). Those applicants who may gain admission based on their exceptionally high academic credentials but scored below the required Graduate College scores will be admitted on limited (or probational) status and are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT), administered by the University of Illinois upon their arrival. 

An applicant may be exempt from taking the language requirements if, within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the University of Illinois, they have successfully completed at least two academic semesters as a full-time study in a country where English is the primary language and in a school where English is the primary instructional language. The student will need to petition the Graduate Program for this exemption.

All students whose native language is not English and are interested in a Teaching Assistantship with contact with students must take the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) examination and pass.

We are not accepting applications for the M.S./D.V.M. program at this time.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is suggested as part of the academic work of all M.S. candidates in this program.

Faculty Research Interests

Experimental models range from stem cells to rodent models to domestic animals, and human patients. Exciting research is being conducted by CB faculty in the areas of:

  • endocrine/reproductive biology

  • developmental and stem cell research

  • neurobiology

  • comparative pharmacology and toxicology

  • biochemistry

Training Programs, Centers, and Institutes

Our faculty provide graduate instruction in stem cell research, molecular genetics, pharmacology and toxicology. They also participate in interdisciplinary training programs including the NIEHS-funded Environmental Toxicology Training Program, the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Training Program, the Reproductive Biology Program, the Neuroscience Program,  the Nutritional Sciences Division, Beckman Institute, and the Institute for Genomic Biology

Financial Aid

A limited number of research and teaching assistantships or fellowship positions are available.

for the degree of Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Science - Comparative Biosciences

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's degree programs information and the Graduate College Handbook

Student must select from one of the following courses with the advice of his/her dissertation committee:3-4
Introductory Biochemistry
Biochem & Phys Basis of Life (credits cannot be used towards degree)
Cellular Physiology
Sys & Integrative Physiology
Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Eukaryotic Cell Signaling
Advanced Biochemistry
Select one of the following:4
Clinical Epidemiology
Applied Statistical Methods I
or approved equivalent
CB 590Seminar1
CB 591Biosciences Seminar Series (may be repeated for up to 2 hours of credit)1
CB 592Special Problems (4 max applied toward degree)4
CB 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)12
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap Students may be required to take additional courses as recommended by Advisory Committees or Department Divisions
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 8 (500 level)
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Final Exam/Thesis Defense Required
Thesis Deposit Required
Minimum GPA: 3.00