A MS in Dairy Science can be focused on quantitative genetics, nutrition and/or reproductive physiology of dairy cattle. Thesis research programs are applied at improving productivity, profitability and sustainability of dairy cattle. “State of the art” facilities, laboratories and equipment are in place for in depth research training in all program areas. Specialized areas of interest include core nutrition labs, environmentally controlled large and small animal facilities on campus and dairy cattle research and teaching farms located near campus and at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton.

This is a thesis degree program that requires a total of 30 h of graduate credit including 24 h of course work, more than 12 h of courses open only to graduate students and a minimum of 3 h each of Master’s research and Master’s Thesis. A minimum of 6 h of graduate level coursework in biochemistry and 6 h of statistics is required in the program of study. Other courses in the program of study include courses in animal nutrition, biochemistry and molecular biology, crop and soil sciences, poultry science, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, statistics, veterinary physiology and agriculture and applied economics. The MS Thesis consists of a literature review and a least one manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific refereed journal. The thesis research for a MS in Dairy Science can be focused on genetics, nutrition or reproductive physiology of dairy cattle. The MS degree program is flexible enough to interest students who may want to consider it as terminal degree program or those who want to use it as a preparatory step for a PhD. Research programs and contact information for individual Departmental faculty may be obtained from our Departmental Web page http://www.ads.uga.edu.

Modern facilities, laboratories and equipment are in place for in depth research training in all program areas. Specialized areas of interest include environmentally controlled large animal facilities on campus and dairy cattle research and teaching farms located near campus and at Coastal Plains Experiment Station (CPES) in Tifton. The University dairy farm in Tifton is a relatively large modern facility that is especially suited to conduct nutrition and environmental physiology research.

Research and teaching assistantships are available to qualified candidates based on availability of both departmental and research grant funds of individual faculty. Students on assistantship support are eligible to receive a tuition waiver from the UGA graduate school. Prospective graduate students who desire financial aid may apply for assistance directly to the Graduate Coordinator or individual faculty of the animal and dairy science department.

 

Degree Awarded: MS

Degree Code: MS_DASC

School/College: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501

 

706-542-3924

Academic Department: Animal and Dairy Science

425 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-2771

Graduate Coordinator: Alexander Stelzleni

706-542-1852

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