The University of Arizona

Master of Science (Thesis Option)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. program depends on completion of a Bachelor's degree with a major in animal, biological, chemical or physical sciences. Typical students admitted have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or higher. A TOEFL score of 550 of higher is required for international students.

Other requirements include:
Undergraduate preparation must include:

Under special circumstances students may be admitted with deficiencies in undergraduate courses that will be made up, without graduate credit, during the graduate program.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 units are required. All units of coursework in the major field of student must be at the 500 level or above and up to 6 units of 400 level courses can be applied to the program of study. One half of the required units must be in courses in which regular grades (A, B, C) have been earned. Students must complete a minimum of three units of statistics coursework, three units of physiology coursework and two units of seminar (ANS 596.) At least five graded units must be from courses offered by the Department of Animal Sciences. Additional requirements for completion of the degree will be determined by the major professor and graduate advisory committee.

Students transferring to the University of Arizona Animal Sciences with graduate credits from other institutions can petition to apply up to 6 graduate credits to the major in this program. However, only graded courses are acceptable and the transfer credits must be approved by the Graduate Committee.

Major Advisor and Graduate Committee

Upon acceptance each student is assigned an advisor in the area of the student's interest. The advisor must be a tenure-track faculty member (Assistant Prof., Associate Prof., or Professor) and will assist the student in selection of their graduate committee. The student's graduate committee will consist of the major advisor and two additional faculty members. At least one of the two additional committee members must be a tenure-track faculty member and one must be from the Animal Sciences Department. The major advisor and graduate committee will supervise curriculum development and the thesis research. The committee will also be responsible for approval of the thesis and for the final examination.

Thesis Requirements

We are now accepting theses and dissertations electronically in PDF format. (Supplemental files may be submitted in a variety of formats.) Students may submit their approved thesis or dissertation at Full instructions are available at this site as well as a tool to convert WORD or RTF file to PDF.

Electronic submissions will save students the expense of special paper and printing. It also allows for more creative options such as streaming video, music, etc. There is no additional charge for electronic submissions nor are there copyright or policy charges. Technical assistance is available online at the above site or at the Info Commons in the library.

There are only minor changes in the Dissertation Manual to accommodate electronic submissions:

Final Examination

A candidate for the Master's degree must present a seminar on the thesis research and must pass a final oral examination administered by the student's graduate committee. The examination will cover the thesis and general topics in the field of study. The result of the examination must be reported to the Graduate College within two weeks. Any candidate who fails the final examination may, upon recommendation of the major department and approval of the Graduate Council, be granted a second examination after a lapse of at least one semester. The second examination is final. The report of successful completion of all requirements (Report on the Final Examination and the Completion of Requirements for the Master's Degree) must be made to the Graduate College at least four weeks before the date on which degrees are awarded, and student must be registered during the semester in which they graduate. (See the Graduate Calendar for deadline dates.)

Master's Degree Program Timeline

Year 1

  1. Develop a proposed PLAN OF STUDY in consultation with your major professor by the end of the first semester. This will establish a set of courses that are required for the program.
  2. If you have elected or the graduate committee has suggested lab rotations, meet with the two or three faculty you have selected and design the goals of the rotation. Submit the completed lab rotation form upon completion.
  3. Submit the annual progress report in February.
  4. Submit the PLAN OF STUDY to the graduate Degree Certification Office during the second semester.
  5. For a M.S. degree, you should complete most of your course work by the end of the first year.
  6. You must select an examining committee in consultation with your major professor. You should schedule a meeting of all committee members before the end of the first year.

Year 2

  1. Submit annual progress report in February.
  2. M.S. Students should finish their research by the middle of the second year and complete a thesis by the end of the second year. Consult the Graduate College web page for forms and dates.

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