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Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Master's Degree Program

Overview of MS Program

Program Description

The KSU College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to training the next generation of researchers through innovation, excellence in teaching, research, and service to promote animal and human health for the public good. We are committed to creating an environment that is fulfilling and rewarding, being recognized for good communication, productive collaboration, mutual respect, diversity, integrity, and honesty. The VBS program is designed to prepare professional students to meet the demands of veterinary careers, internships and residencies. It is imperative that students who receive graduate training in the CVM be prepared for careers in private practice, academia, government and industrial positions.  A key component of this program is to conduct basic and applied research and train graduate students through interdisciplinary programs.

By training Master of Veterinary Biomedical Science (VBS) students in clinical sciences, pathobiology, and physiology disciplines, this graduate program is central and key to the success of health professionals in the College, University, State and Nation.  This program is the only graduate program on campus, or within the state that provides opportunities for interdisciplinary masters level graduate studies in veterinary pathobiology, clinical sciences, and physiology.  The main purpose of this degree program is to provide selected masters-level students with a better understanding of research and prepare them for careers in academia or health and allied industries.

Research Facilities

The College of Veterinary Medicine is comprised of three major buildings: Coles Hall, Trotter Hall, and Mosier Hall.  These buildings encompass approximately 468,838 total square feet and provide space for outstanding instructional, research, clinical, and diagnostic activities.  Three departments, Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Sciences, and Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, the Veterinary Health Center and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are located in the college. In addition to numerous research laboratories within the departments, the college has several Core Laboratories, including the Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Electron Microscopy Facility, Confocal Microscopy Facility, Molecular Biology Facility and the Image Analysis Facility

The college has research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery strength in three thematic areas, animal health infectious disease, comparative biomedical science, and food safety and security.  Many of the college’s strengths are organized and focused in college Centers and Institutes including the Beef Cattle Institute, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, Center of Epithelial Research, Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, Center for Outcomes Research and Education, Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine, Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology, Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State, and the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health.

Financial Support

Because the nature of our MS program is research intensive, it’s imperative that each graduate student have a major professor.  This professor will offer lab space, a research project, and in most cases, a GRA stipend.  Applicants to our program are responsible for identifying and securing their own major professor.  In some cases, the professor you wish to work under may not have funding available to offer a stipend but you may still work under that professor if you are willing and able fund your own graduate degree expenses, or have alternate funding sources available to you (i.e. your home country).

Once admitted and accepted into the program, our graduate students may also apply for graduate scholarships annually from the College of Veterinary Medicine .

The BRITE program is another way to financially support the pursuit of a Master’s Degree.  The BRITE program allows DVM students to take 1 year off of their DVM curriculum to pursue a subsidized, in-depth mentored research experience and earn a MS degree upon completion of the program, before returning to their DVM curriculum.  Learn more about the BRITE program.