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The Graduate School offers six different types of programs. Each has its own graduation or completion requirements.
The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery offers graduate training leading to the master of science degree through the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Emphasis Area in the Biomedical Sciences Degree Program. The Department’s graduate faculty comprises more than 30 members with dynamic and diverse research programs. Research areas include comparative orthopaedics and oncology, food animal, equine, and small animal medicine and surgery, physiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, imaging, neurology, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and tissue engineering, among others. Department research projects are supported by federal grants, state funds, foundation awards and grants, corporate grants and contracts, and intramural funds.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences graduate program is home to world-class and award-winning scholars, instructors, and researchers. Our program has a great deal to offer you. At the Department of Biomedical Sciences, investigators are engaged in wide-ranging interests and fields of study, including cancer, exercise, reproduction, cardiorespiratory health and neuroscience.
Advanced study in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology is offered via graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctoral degrees, through specialized residencies, and through postdoctoral research appointments. These programs provide in-depth training to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, and diagnostic and government services in research areas including microbiology, immunology, molecular genetics, parasitology, pathology, comparative medicine, toxicology, emerging and vector-borne infectious diseases, and genomics.
MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine also offers an Online Master’s Degree Program: a master of biomedical science degree with an emphasis in veterinary sciences.
The University of Missouri (MU) Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) and Lab Animal Medicine Program (LAMP) provide advanced graduate training to veterinarians who wish to pursue careers in comparative medicine.
The missions of the Comparative Internal Medicine Laboratory are investigate diseases relevant to people and animals, develop tools for the practical diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, an train the next generation of medical specialists in scientific methodology while conducting ethical, translational research.
The department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology (MMI), in partnership with the faculty from the department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VPB), offers the Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program (MPT) leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.
The MU Graduate School is committed to aiding the holistic development of graduate students by providing comprehensive in-person and online professional development resources, often in collaboration with campus partners. Check the Grad Essentials page for professional development events, and individual development plan tools.
Established in 1968, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the original campus-wide graduate student organization. Every graduate degree program on campus is eligible to have a representative at monthly meetings, where we plan professional development opportunites and discuss issues relating to academic policies and processes across campus.
Many students elect to join one of several College of Veterinary Medicine student organizations for fellowship and to gain experience in a specialized facet of the profession.
The mission of the MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA) is to foster professional development and social interaction to provide community and a collective voice; and to liaison between postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and administration.
Mizzou also provides many types of support and assistance for international students.
A note from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies:
Research programs in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine contribute to the advancement of science and significantly enhance the quality of professional education. Participation by students provide a clearer understanding of disease processes, methods of prevention, and treatment of diseases of animals and humans.
Members of the veterinary medical profession, because of their versatility of training, can work in a variety of research areas such as: infectious and noninfectious diseases of livestock, poultry and companion animals, zoonoses (diseases transferred from animal to human), reproductive biology, comparative anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, neoplasia, laboratory animal medicine, veterinary public health, environmental health, radiation biology, clinical research and drug evaluation, and nutritional studies.
College research projects are supported by federal grants, state funds, foundation awards and grants, contracts from industries, livestock producer association funds, and money from other groups.
Veterinary medical students can arrange to actively participate in research programs. In some cases, it is possible for professional DVM students to have dual enrollment for the DVM degree and the master of science degree. The general requirements for advanced degrees are published in the Graduate Catalog.
Departments establish specific requirements and will somewhat vary for individual students. Students are urged to consult with appropriate faculty about prerequisites and a special degree program. Those contemplating this program should recognize that it may require a one-year interruption of the professional curriculum or one additional year to complete the master of science degree.