Animal and Food Sciences (MS, PhD)
Telephone: (302) 831-2524
Faculty Listing: http://canr.udel.edu/our-faculty/anfs/
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences offers three graduate degree programs: The Master of Science (MS) degree in Animal Science, the MS degree in Food Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Animal and Food Sciences.
In Animal Science, research programs are offered in physiology; ruminant and poultry nutrition; microbiology, immunology, and pathology; molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.
In Food Science, research programs are offered in food biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, toxicology, and processing.
Well-equipped laboratories for conducting research are located in Worrilow and Townsend Halls, the Allen Biotechnology Laboratory, and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI). The Allen Biotechnology Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, biosafety level 2 and 3 facility for the study of conventional and highly pathogenic avian disease agents and recombinant poultry microorganisms. The Department maintains dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, horses, and poultry for instruction and research on the Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station Farm.
Requirements for Admission
An applicant for graduate study in Animal and Food Sciences should have an appropriate background from a baccalaureate degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75, and a 3.00 average in his/her major. Undergraduate preparation for most areas of study should include general and organic chemistry, biology/microbiology, biochemistry, physics, and calculus. For students lacking appropriate preparatory course work, additional courses applicable to certain areas of study may be required prior to admission. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test (Verbal and Quantitative) is required. Competitive scores are approximately 150 (Verbal), 150 (Quantitative), and 3.5 (Writing), but faculty reserve the right to waive this requirement if students have relevant training and/or work experience. All students must provide three letters of recommendation from former professors, a completed Graduate Studies Application form, and a completed assistantship form if applying for financial aid. Foreign students must demonstrate competence in the use of the English language by a minimum score of 575/233/85 on the paper based/computer based/IBET TOEFL and provide evidence of sufficient financial support for the course of the degree program. Foreign students applying for a teaching assistantship must have a minimum score of 600/250/100 on the paper based/computer based/IBET TOEFL examination. Applicants may be requested to visit the department for a personal interview before a final decision concerning admission is made. Admission to the graduate program is dependent upon availability of an appropriate faculty advisor in the student’s area of study.
Please refer to the Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships section for more information.