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Oklahoma State University
Center For Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

VBSC Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences prepares graduates for careers in industrial, governmental, or academic technical, regulatory or research positions. The plan of study is designed to meet the student's needs and interests and typically includes courses in molecular and cell biology, pathophysiology, statistics, seminar and electives.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Earned BS or higher degree in sciences
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores of 75 percentile on quantitative are recommended
  • 3.0 GPA or 75 percent of the maximal GPA is recommended
  • Statement of purpose stating how earning a graduate degree in VBSC will further your education and career goals
  • Three letters of reference from individuals able to assess your potential success in graduate studies
  • Probationary admission status may be awarded to those not having these credentials dependent on recommendations of the VBSC program faculty

Graduate College Admission Requirements

Domestic and Permanent Residents

  • Must complete an application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40 for the first online application
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended


  • Must complete an application for admission
  • Non-refundable application fee of US $75 for the first application submitted
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score
  • A Financial Affidavit is required for applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders prior to an I-20 being sent

Degree Requirements

  • Bachelor's (AB, BS) or higher degree in sciences required
  • The MS may be earned with 30 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree or 21 hours beyond the DVM or equivalent degree including required coursework:
      • VBSC 5013 Veterinary Biomedical Sciences I: Cell and Molecular Biology
      • VBSC 5023 Veterinary Biomedical Sciences II: Pathophysiology
      • STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
      • VBSC 6110 Seminar
      • VBSC 5000 MS Research and Thesis (not more than 6 credit hours)
  • Participate in research laboratory rotations and/or select thesis advisor
  • Select thesis advisory committee (minimum three members)
  • Develop Plan of Study including required and elective coursework
  • Complete required and elective courses to meet credit hour requirements
  • Conduct MS thesis research project and write MS thesis
  • Present public seminar and defend MS thesis