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Graduate Studies

Preparing Students for Careers in Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Student

In addition to the professional DVM program, which prepares students to become veterinarians, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine offers a variety of degree programs in Veterinary Medical Sciences.

Degree programs offered include:

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Combined Resident-Master of Sciences (MS)

Specialized graduate study is available via distance learning in a growing number of fields, including Forensic Toxicology and Veterinary Forensic Sciences.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers a graduate program that provides extensive training in veterinary medical sciences to qualified students.  Various options exist for students who already possess a professional degree in veterinary medicine or an undergraduate degree with preparatory coursework in the biological sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

Non-degree seeking students can enroll directly in a distance learning program  leading to a Certificate.  Most certificates require one year for completion.  Up to 15 credit hours taken toward these UF certificate programs can later be applied to a CVM master’s or PhD program.

Degree-seeking students must:  obtain the personal financial resources needed to complete the degree (self-funding to cover tuition, student fees, living expenses, and costs for research projects); identify a CVM faculty mentor who will agree to supervise a new thesis student; and apply for admission to the UF Graduate School. Most master’s degree programs require 2 years and most PhD training programs will require 4 years for completion.  The enrollment process takes several months (even longer for international students) and begins by submitting a letter of interest to the CVM Graduate Studies Office.

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