The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) expects the successful applicant to the graduate programs to possess a strong background in veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, and/or biological sciences. The application packet is considered as a whole with the following:
- Previous academic accomplishment. Field of study, coursework and grades, and previous institutions attended and degrees earned are evaluated. Minimum requirements are a GPA of 3.0 overall and a GPA of 3.3 in science courses. The department aims for a mean GPA for accepted students each year to be at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. It is expected that the successful applicant will have a competitive GRE score.
- Research experience. Evidence of prior research experience (such as scientific presentations, publications, or a letter from the mentor(s) with whom the student conducted the research) is viewed favorably.
- Letters of recommendation. Strengths, weaknesses, motivation, drive, intellectual capacity, and ability are critically evaluated based on the student’s letters of recommendation. The credentials of the recommenders are taken into consideration.
- Identification of a prospective mentor. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members who share their interests and correspond with them early and often during the application process in order to identify a prospective mentor, laboratory position, and acceptance into their program.
- Financial support letter. VTPB also requires a letter clearly stipulating the source of financial support for the applicant before formal admission to the program. The letter must be signed by the mentor, department head, and applicant prior to admission. If support is from a source other than the mentor, proof of alternate support is required.
The time required to qualify for an advanced degree varies with the ability, academic preparation, and background of the student, and with the particular program. In general terms, the M.S. program requires at least two years of study, and the Ph.D. five years.