Graduate Students

For more information, contact the graduate student advisor: Dodi Reesman or by calling (541) 737-4761.

What graduate degrees does the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences offer?

Graduate students can pursue three degree types: a Master of Science (M.S.), a Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.), or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).  The graduate degree will either be in Animal Sciences or in Rangeland Sciences.

Within the Animal Sciences emphasis area, students can study:

  • Animal genetics
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Embryo physiology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Growth and development
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Animal behavior
  • Livestock management
  • Dairy production

Within the Rangeland Sciences emphasis area, students can study:

  • Ecology of rangelands
  • Physiological ecology
  • Range improvement
  • Range nutrition
  • Riparian zone management
  • Watershed management

Graduate student references are available for more information from both the department and from the OSU Graduate School:

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What are the expected learning outcomes for a graduate student in the department?

Outcomes for graduate students in Animal Sciences include:

  • Advancing knowledge and improving the fundamental understanding of animal reproductive biology
  • Advancing the science of nutritional metabolism of animals
  • Developing new processes and technologies for profitable and environmentally-friendly dairy cattle production and management
  • Discovering and disseminating principles of animal behavior through the study of both range livestock and companion animals

Outcomes for graduate students in Rangeland Sciences include:

  • Acquiring a fundamental understanding in range ecology, physiology of range plants, range nutrition, range improvements, watershed management, restoration ecology, applied animal behavior, and riparian ecology and management
  • Integrating and applying this knowledge to benefit domestic and international settings

What facilities are available for graduate and research programs at OSU?

Our programs are supported by modern laboratories, field stations, and centralized farm services. The department has extensive livestock and poultry facilities within two miles of campus, including a high-producing dairy herd, two beef barns with a capacity for 125-head, a small confinement swine unit, horse research barns, and poultry flocks. Our sheep center is five miles from campus. We also have two beef ranches (cow-calf), located about twenty minutes from campus. A modern physiology lab has surgical facilities for cattle, sheep, and swine. A meat processing laboratory is also available on campus. Additionally, graduate students have access to off-campus facilities of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the rangelands of eastern Oregon. Our department is also supported by the Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology, Laboratory Animal Resources, the OSU Radiation Center, an inter-state library, and University Computing Services. The English Language Institute provides international students with the language, academic, and cultural skills necessary for study at an American university.

What are the graduate school admission requirements?

All applicants need:

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent
  • Combined GPA of 3.0 on last 90 quarter credit hours (60 semester hours)
  • OSU Graduate School Application (online) that includes the Statement of Objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript from all previous academic work (not including high school). The transcript must include the student's name, the college or university name, the degree(s) earned or in progress, and a transcript key with grading scale. Web printouts are generally not acceptable, therefore we will only accept transcripts issued by the school's Registrar's Office. Note: OSU students are not required to provide transcripts to OSU.
  • Pass the GRE with minimum 40th-percentile scores or higher. (ALL applicants are required to take the GRE as of fall 2014 except applicants to M.Ag. programs.)

International students are also required to have or provide:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (unless from Australia, Belize, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, West Indes, the United Kingdom, or some African countries on a case-by-case basis)
  • Certification of Finances Form

Applicants are encouraged to contact professors within their desired field of study and find someone willing to act as their major professor.  Though this is not an absolute requirement for applicants, it is strongly advised.

Until all of the necessary documents are provided to the graduate school, the application will be considered incomplete.  Incomplete applications will not be processed, and the applicants will not be admitted. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all documents have been submitted by the deadline.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • For fall term, June 1
  • For winter term, September 1
  • For spring term, January 1
  • For summer term, April 1

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are awarded on a competitive basis. Fellowships in dairy, poultry science, and animal sciences are available. Tuition is waived for GRAs. Contact the department for more information.