Animal and Dairy Science (ADS) is a multidisciplinary and diverse department that provides instructional, research and extension programming in the areas of food animal production, equine/companion animal management, and animal and medicinal biotechnology that addresses critical issues, such as cost of production, profitability, human and animal health, environmental stewardship, bioethics, and animal well-being.

The Department of Animal & Dairy Science offers research-based graduate programs of study leading to the M.S. degree in Animal Science or Dairy Science, and the Ph.D. degree in Animal & Dairy Science with special emphasis in biotechnology, breeding and genetics, meats and muscle biology, nutrition, reproductive physiology, or production management. In addition, the department offers the Masters of Animal and Dairy Science (MADS), which is a non-thesis degree program. The department has full-time faculty members located in Athens and Tifton. Graduate courses in Animal and Dairy Science along with graduate courses available in the Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Food Science, Microbiology, Poultry Science, and Statistics Departments as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine provide basic and applied training for the Animal & Dairy Science student. A candidate for the M.S. degree must complete at least 24 semester hours of graduate coursework and 6 hours of thesis. Course work necessary for the Ph.D. degree is determined by the candidate’s major professor and advisory committee. There are no formal minor or language requirements.

Admission status, credit requirements, transfer credits accepted, academic standards, residence requirements, and time limits conform to regulations as given by the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Students with strong backgrounds in the biological and/or animal or dairy sciences are encouraged to apply.

University and department research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants. Assistantships for the 2011-12 year carry a stipend of $1343.48 per month for Ph.D. candidates and $1,242.97 for M.S. candidates. In addition, resident or nonresident students awarded assistantships pay $25.00 per semester in tuition and $833 fees. There is no assistantship support for the MADS degree program.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_TOXI

School/College: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501


Academic Department: Animal and Dairy Science

425 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-7271

Graduate Coordinator: Nikolay Filipov


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