Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences | Emphasis in Veterinary Sciences

Qualified Candidates:

  • Veterinarians (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine)
  • Veterinary Technologists (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program with a baccalaureate degree)

Graduate Degree Intent

Job openings for Master degree veterinary technologists and veterinarians are primarily in academia, research, and veterinary medical industries.  The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree is NOT intended as a means to prepare for admission to a DVM program.

Online Graduate (Masters) Degree Program Description

The University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine offers 100% online graduate training leading to the Master of Biomedical Science degree with an Emphasis in Veterinary Sciences.  The college does not offer the PhD degree online, but this online Masters degree program can be precursor to a PhD program at MU or elsewhere.

There are thesis and non-thesis options:

  1. Thesis – This option requires original laboratory research and external funding.  It is  recommended for students who plan for a career conducting research, striving for tenured track faculty positions, and/or a PhD degree.
  2. Non-Thesis – The non-thesis option requires a substantial project that results in a publishable paper in a peer-reviewed publication.  The project can be retrospective studies, reviews of the literature, national surveys, and other projects pertinent to the student’s career aspirations and approved by the student’s graduate committee.  The non-thesis option does not require external funding and is recommended by students who plan on careers that do not require laboratory research such as non-tenured track faculty positions, industrial (animal feeds or pharmaceuticals) marketing, or private practice in veterinary specialties.

Post-baccalaureate Training:  Up to 9 cr hr of graduate courses may be taken as a post-baccalaureate student in preparation to apply for the Masters in Biomedical Sciences Program or as selected educational enhancement.

Requirements for Admission to the Masters degree program:

  1. Completion of a Bachelors or Professional degree (or equivalent degree as approved by  the Committee on Graduate Training)
  2. Veterinary technicians with a bachelor’s degree must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 cr hr prior to achieving a bachelor’s degree
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum verbal + quantitative sc0re of 291 and an analytical score of 4.0 within the previous 5 years.  The GRE requirements are waived for otherwise qualified DVMs or veterinary technologists who have achieved VTS status.
  4. Acceptance by the University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate Studies
  5. Availability of a faculty advisor within the college
  6. Enrollment in the University of Missouri-Columbia system
  7. When appropriate, a score of 520 or greater on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) exam
  8. When appropriate, a score of 220 or greater on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam
  9. Acceptable references from at least 3 people who know the candidate well but are not related to the candidate

Sample Masters Degree Program of Study

Year Sem/Session Course Number Title Cr Hrs

1

Spring
VMS 7320 Fundamentals of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

3

VBSCI 7333 Veterinary Cell Biology

4

Summer
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in Health Sciences

3

VMS 8485 Problems in Veterinary Clinical Sciences

1

Fall
VPBIO 7110 Veterinary Cytology

2

VPBIO 7120 Principles of Toxicology

3

VPBIO 8450 Non-Thesis Research

1

2

Spring
VMS 8405 Comparative Respiratory Pathophysiology

1

VMS 8029 ECC Journal Review

1

VPBIO 7210 Animal Issues in Disasters

1

VMS 8040 Advanced Small Animal Nutrition

2

Summer
VPBIO 8405 Non-Thesis Research

3

VMS 8401 Topics: Zoonotic Diseases from Healthy Appearing Animals

1

Fall
VMS 8023 Internal Medicine Journal Review

1

VMS 8485 Problems in Veterinary Clinical Sciences

3

 

Total Graded 8000-level credits: 15 (minimum of 15)
Total Other Graded non-8000 level credits 9
Total S/U and Research Credits 6 (maximum of 12)
Total Credit Hours 30 (minimum of 30)

 

Total Graded 8000-level credits: 15 (minimum of 15)
Total Other Graded non-8000 level credits 9
Total S/U and Research Credits 6 (maximum of 12)
Total Credit Hours 30 (minimum of 30)

 

Catalog of Online Vet Biomed Graduate Courses

NEXT COURSES Begin August 22, 2016:   Fall 2016 Graduate Courses

Concurrent CE Credits

The University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) as a provider (#611 of continuing education for veterinary professionals.  RACE-approval for CE credit for veterinarians as well as veterinary technicians will be sought for all online graduate courses so that CE credit for maintaining a license to practice veterinary medicine can be achieved concurrent with college credit.

Online Instructors

To Have Your Academic Record Evaluated for Qualifications to Apply for the Masters Degree Program, Complete and Return a Pre-Evaluation –  

Pre-Evaluation for Potential Applicants

Department permission is required to register for courses.     

Statements about courses concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions, and other matters are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change without notice.  They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.

Academic Rigor

Online BIOMED course rigor is equivalent to that of traditional room-bound classes.  It is estimated that online and study time for a 3-credit-hour on-line course taken over a semester will require 6 to 9 clock hours per week.  Exams are proctored.  This requires taking an exam at a local library, educational campus, or other approved location while being monitored by an approved proctor.  All BIOMED courses are approved by MU Quality Matters criteria for online courses or in the process of MU Quality Matters evaluation.