Animal SciencesMaster of Science

About us

The Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University focuses on advancing animal sciences for the betterment of animals and humans through:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Outreach endeavors

It is the leading provider of animal science education and outreach in the state of Ohio. Strategic alliances have been formed with:

  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Department of Human Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Ecology,
  • The Animal Welfare Science Centre in Australia

The department is consistently collaborating with other academic, industry, and government professionals and scientists across the world. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research that has widespread implications for both traditional and emerging agriculture, along with animal and human health. Areas of our research focus include:

  • Nutrition and microbiology
  • Breeding, genetics, and reproduction
  • Growth, development, and meat science
  • Mammary biology and milk quality
  • Animal behavior and welfare and animal health
  • Waste management and biofuels

The department's species foci include

  • Cattle (beef and dairy)
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Horses
  • Companion animals (teaching and outreach)

The department excels at integrating disciplines while pursuing our mission of discovering and communicating knowledge about animals and their products by taking multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

The Graduate Program in Animal Sciences offers the Master of Science, Master in Animal Sciences (MAS). Training is offered in both applied and basic aspects of animal sciences.

  • The MS degree is designed to provide academic training beyond the Bachelor of Science degree in preparation for further graduate education or careers in research, industry, or Extension.
  • The MAS program provides an applied, non-thesis degree for graduates and professionals. The program targets individuals who want to increase their knowledge and competence at the graduate level in preparation for entering industry.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to obtain their degrees through two interdisciplinary paths.