VMED MS Degree Timeline & Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Formal coursework for the MS degree varies according to the field of study, interests, and career goals of the individual student. Courses may be taken in disciplines other than veterinary medicine. Students wishing to enroll in a 4000-level course need to consult with their advisor and the director of graduate studies prior to registration if they want to use the course in their degree program. Such courses may be appropriate to supplement any deficiencies in a student’s academic background provided the following guidelines are met:

  • A maximum of six 4000-level course credits may be used to satisfy the master’s course requirement.
  • At least 60 percent of the coursework on the official graduate degree plan must be completed as a registered University of Minnesota graduate student.
  • A maximum of eight graduate course credits may be counted in common between two University degree programs.
  • Approved transfer coursework may make up the remaining 40 percent of degree credits and can include a maximum of 12 graduate credits taken as a non-degree seeking or non-admitted student.
  • Transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.
  • At least two-thirds of course credits must be taken with grades A-F.

Required courses:

  • VMED 5190 Seminar and Presentation Development for Graduate Students
  • VMED 5910 Grant Writing: What Makes a Winning Proposal?
  • VMED 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
  • VMED 8550 Veterinary Medicine Seminar (2 credits)
  • At least one additional 8000-level course in major field
  • At least one course in statistics or biostatistics (two are recommended)

Recommended courses to fulfill biostatistics requirement Credits

  • PUBH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I 3 
  • PUBH 6415 Biostatistical Methods II 3 
  • PUBH 6450 Biostatistics I 4 
  • PUBH 6451 Biostatistics II 4 
  • Stat 5021 Statistical Analysis 4 
  • Stat 5031 Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement 4 
  • Stat 5302 Applied Regression Analysis 4 
  • Stat 5303 Designing Experiments 4 
  • Stat 5421 Analysis of Categorical Data 3

Statistics courses other than those recommended can be used to fulfill this requirement with the approval of the student’s advisor, thesis committee, and the Program Advisory Committee.

Degree Timeline

The following timeline is recommended for all MS students in the VMED program. Following this timeline ensures you will complete all program requirements and progress through the program in an efficient and timely manner.

Submit all forms to Office of Graduate Programs (OGP), Room 443 VMC. 

Year One

  • Begin coursework.
  • Required courses are:
    • VMED 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
    • VMED 8550 Veterinary Medicine Seminar (2 credits)
    • At least one course in Biostatistics (two are recommended)
    • At least one additional 8000-level course in major field
  • Submit Graduate Degree Plan for approval at the beginning of second semester.
  • Select thesis committee members and submit form for approval at the beginning of second semester.
  • Complete first committee meeting during your first year and submit committee meeting report form.

Year Two

  •  Complete remaining coursework.
  • Schedule two committee meetings to discuss thesis proposal, approximately once every six months and submit committee meeting report forms.
  • Complete research project and write thesis.

Summer of Year Two or Year Three

  • Request graduation packet from Graduate School Website.
  • Submit draft of thesis to advisor for approval.
  • Submit thesis to committee members (provide at least three weeks for review).
  • Submit Application for Degree to GSSP: Graduate Student Services & Progress (part of graduation packet).
  • Contact CVM graduate program office with date, time, and location of thesis defense (at least two weeks prior).
  • Get committee signatures on thesis reviewers report form (part of graduation packet).
  • Complete final defense and submit Final Exam Report (part of graduation packet) to GSSP.
  • Submit thesis online and required documentation to GSSP.
  • Schedule exit interview with Graduate Programs Coordinator.