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College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Matthew Basel
Associate Director
One Year Master’s Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
126 Coles Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


Dr. T.G. Nagaraja
Graduate Programs Coordinator
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
305 Coles Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506


One Year Master's — Curriculum Overview

The Pre-professional Master’s program is designed to be a one year (Summer-Fall-Spring) program introducing students to the biomedical field and preparing students for professional school. Students will start in the summer semester with an intensive introduction to anatomy and physiology.

Summer (10 hours)

Anatomy - AP842
Physiology - AP843
Intro to Histology - AP841

Fall (9-12 hours)

Study Methods - AP840
Bioinstrumentation Lab - AP773
Electives (7-10 credits)*

Spring (8-11 hours)

Intro to Pharmacology - AP600
Seminar - AP803
Electives (4-7 credits)*

Required Courses 

AP 600 – Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Professionals (3 credits)

AP 773 – Bioinstrumentation Laboratory (1 credit)

AP 803 – Seminar in Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)

AP 840 – Study Methods and Career Development for Professional School (1 credit)

AP 841 – Introduction to Histology (2 credits)

AP 842 – Anatomy (4 credits)

AP 843 – Physiology (4 credits)

Electives (14 hours)

Total: 30 hours   

All students earning a master’s degree at Kansas State University must complete a ‘culminating experience’ that will be determined by the student in concert with his/her graduate committee. Culminating experiences could include an intellectually creative project, a final report, or a culminating exam. Students that design a project are encouraged (but not required) to take AP898 – Masters Report (2 credits) to get credit for this final project.  

*Students preparing for professional school may consider taking more than the required number of electives to prepare for the intense course schedule at most professional schools. This can be discussed with the student’s Major Professor/Advisory Committee. 


Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s major professor/advisory committee. Potential electives include:

AP (Anatomy & Physiology) – any graduate course 700+

CS (Clinical Sciences) – any graduate course 700+

DMP (Department of Medicinal Pathobiology) – any graduate course 700+

ASI (Animal Sciences and Industry) – any course 700+

BIOCH (Biochemistry) – any course 700+

BIOL (Biology) – any from the following:

BIOL 670 – Immunology (4 credits)

BIOL 675 – Genetics of Microorganisms (3 credits)

BIOL 705 – Eukaryotic Genetics (3 credits)

BIOL 707 – Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits)

BIOL 730 – General Virology (3 credits)

BIOL 808 – Mechanisms of Gene Regulation (3 credits)

BIOL 830 – Advanced Virology (3 credits)

BIOL 835 – Cellular and Molecular Parasitology (3 credits)

BIOL 840 – Molecular and Cellular Immunology (3 credits)

BIOL 855 – Molecular Biology of Cellular Membranes (3 credits)

BIOL 860 – Modern Molecular Approaches (3 credits)