Preparing Students for Careers in Biomedical Sciences
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)
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.