MS and PhD Programs


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Graduate programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine are based on the One Health principle that advancing animal and human health stems from the same scientific foundation. We provide state-of-the-art PhD and MS training in at the intersections of animal, human, and ecosystem health. Emphasis areas include pathogenesis of infectious agents, cancer biology, inflammation and immunity, microbial genetics, epidemiology, mammalian genomics, and neurobiology. You can earn your MS and PhD degree in Veterinary Medicine or in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences. A combined DVM/PhD program is also offered.

We are committed to helping students graduate in a timely fashion through individualized mentoring, clear timelines, and annual reviews of student progress. You will work closely with advisers, program faculty, and peers in a supportive and collaborative environment to foster full development of scientific critical thinking skills and experimental methodologies. Our PhD programs exceed the national averages for life sciences graduate programs. Graduates go on to careers in academia, private sector biomedical and agricultural industries, and in governmental agencies.

PhD time to degree and alumni employment graphs


Graduate Student News

Saint Paul Campus Science in Seconds: May 23, 2017

Graduate Students doing science on Saint Paul Campus

PhD Students Elaine Norton (CMB) and Irene Bueno Padilla (VMED) will represent the CVM as competitors in the first annual Saint Paul Campus Science in Seconds competition on Tuesday, May 23 at 3:00pm in 335 Borlaug Hall. Elaine and Irene will join graduate students from the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences as they each present their thesis research in under three minutes using only one slide, with cash prizes awarded for the best presentations. Join us for this free event to support Elaine and Irene, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about some of the science being done on Saint Paul Campus!

Click here to register for Saint Paul Science in Seconds


2017 Commencement

The CVM held commencement on Saturday, May 6th at Northrop Auditorium. Ten PhD and two MS graduates participated in the ceremony. Congratulations, graduates!

MS and PhD Graduates

Left to right: Jenny Brown, Sylvia Wanzala, Eugene Nwaokorie, Elizabeth Coppelman, Whitney Knauer, Fabian Chamba Pardo, Mike Rahe, Jing Du, Vachira Hunprasit, Hamada Aboubakr, Shengbin Li, Xi Guo 

Whitney Knauer Wins 2016-2017 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

whitney-knauerWe are very pleased to announce that Veterinary Medicine PhD student Whitney Knauer has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.

Whitney's research focuses on the health, well-being, and behavior of the group housed, pre-weaned dairy calf. Currently, she is utilizing precision dairy technologies to investigate the relationship between sensor derived feeding, activity and temperature data and health. The goal of this work is to improve understanding of normal calf behavior and to improve surveillance techniques that will help producers to improve calf health, performance and well-being at both the individual animal and group level. Whitney is advised by Dr. Sandra Godden.

This is truly an honor for the winners and for our graduate programs. Congratulations to Whitney and her adviser on this outstanding recognition.

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Fellowship and Funding Opportunities

Fellowship and Funding Opportunities

All PhD students are fully supported by their graduate program, adviser, training grant, or fellowship. Some funding opportunities for students are listed below for both PhD and MS candidates.

Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Resources

Our graduates will have not only strong technical skills but also have the professional and transferable skills that employers seek. Whether your career objective is to apply your scientific training in academia, the private sector, or in nonprofit/governmental institutions, we provide the courses, support, and learning experiences to build critical thinking, communication, and team-working skills that will accelerate your career trajectory.

Multicultural Resources

Multicultural Resources

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota emphasize a welcoming and inclusive environment in which multiple voices and experiences contribute to excellence in teaching, learning, and scientific discovery.

Twin Cities Living

Twin Cities Living

Lying on opposite sides of the Mississippi river, St. Paul and Minneapolis comprise a vibrant, green, and welcoming community. The cities maintain nearly 200 parks and lakes with over 1,200 miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Our urban setting provides easy access to arts and culture, professional and Big Ten sports, multicultural neighborhoods and events, and restaurants, including 20 different craft beer taprooms. And yet we are just minutes from open fields, boating, golf courses, skiing, and nature sanctuaries. These are just some of the reasons the Twin Cities consistently rank in the top 10 most livable US cities.

Graduate Student Seminar Series

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Graduate Student Seminars are held in 215 Veterinary Science Building on Thursdays at 12:00 noon.

Spring seminar series schedule