Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences | Emphasis in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Candidates:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technologists (Technicians 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.

Online Graduate (Masters) Degree Program Description

The University of Missouri, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, offers online graduate training leading to the Master of Biomedical Science degree with an Emphasis in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.  Selected courses may be required to be taken in whole, or in part, in residence at the University of Missouri-Columbia, depending on the expectations of an individual’s graduate committee.  The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery does not offer the PhD degree, but this online Masters degree program can be precursor to a PhD program at MU or elsewhere.  The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree is NOT intended as a means to prepare for admission to a DVM program.

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.

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. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum verbal + quantitative sc0re of 291 and an analytical score of 4.0
  3. Acceptance by the University of Missouri-Columbia Graduate School
  4. Identification of a faculty advisor within the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  5. Identification of funding for the period of study and research
  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

Sample Masters Degree Program of Study

Year Sem/Session Course Number Title Cr Hrs

1

Fall (even yr)
VPB 8434 Advanced Clinical Pathology

4

VPB 8435 Advanced Microscopy in Clinical Path

1

VPB 7000 level Veterinary Cytology

2

Spring (odd yr)
VMS 8405 Comparative Respiratory Physiology

1

VMS 8040 Advanced Small Animal Nutrition

2

VPB 8000 level Veterinary Toxicology

3

Summer
V BSCI 7333 Veterinary Cell Biology

4

2

Fall (odd yr)
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences

3

VMS 8485 Problems in Veterinary Clinical Sciences

1

VMS 8090 Research (Thesis)

3

Spring (even yr)
VMS 8401 Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences

3

VMS 8090 Research (Thesis)

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)

 

Catalog of Online 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 Apply for the Masters Degree Program and/or Register for Courses – Application for MS in Biomedical Sciences Program

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.