Advance your veterinary career

Paula Schuerer

Master of Science `17

Online courses allowed Paula Schuerer to study around her busy schedule and earn her master’s in biomedical sciences from the University of Missouri. “Being a full-time veterinarian and practice owner, if I want to study at 10 p.m. or at 10 a.m., it’s very, very flexible."


The online master’s in biomedical sciences is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of graduate credit, with 15 credit hours or more at the 8000 level (excluding research, problems and independent study courses) and 6–9 credit hours of thesis or non-thesis research.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Program Course offerings (30 credit hours required for program completion)

V_PBIO 7110 Veterinary CytologyX  
V_PBIO 7120 Principles of ToxicologyX  
V_PBIO 7210 Animal Issues in Disasters XX
V_BSCI 7333 Veterinary Cell Biology X 
V_M_S 7320 Fundamentals of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care X 
V_M_S 7510 Equine Clinical Anatomy: Forelimbs  X
V_M_S 8023 Internal Medicine Journal ReviewX  
V_M_S 8029 Emergency and Critical Care Journal Review   
V_M_S 8090 Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
BIOMED 8310 Advanced Topics in Stress Physiology  X
V_M_S 8401 Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Surgical Pain Management  X
V_M_S 8402 Seminar in Veterinary Clinical Sciences   
V_PBIO 8436 Pathogenic Mechanisms in Veterinary PathobiologyX  
V_M_S 8450 Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
V_M_S 8485 Problems in Veterinary Clinical SciencesXXX
BIOMED 8700 Principles of Veterinary Pain Management  X
BIOMED 8710 Essentials of Radiation BiologyX  
BIOMED 8900 Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery  X


Students may choose to complete either a thesis or non-thesis program.

Non-thesis option: This option requires a substantial project that results in a publishable paper in a peer-reviewed publication. The project can be retrospective studies, reviews of the literature, national surveys and other projects pertinent to the student’s career aspirations and approved by the student’s graduate committee. The non-thesis option does not require external funding and is recommended by students who plan on careers that do not require laboratory research such as non-tenured track faculty positions, industrial (animal feeds or pharmaceuticals) marketing, or private practice in veterinary specialties.

Thesis option: You must carry out original research culminating in a written thesis, present the thesis work at a departmental seminar and defend the thesis in an oral examination by the master’s program committee. The time limit for the master’s degree is five years after initiating the program.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Qualified Candidates must be either veterinarians (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine) or Veterinary Technologists (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program with a baccalaureate degree)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • Minimum GRE scores of 291 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 4.0 (analytical writing). You may strengthen your application by taking the appropriate advanced portion of the GRE.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least eight weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall May 15 August
    Spring Nov. 15 January
    Summer April 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Personal statement addressed to the graduate director stating why you want to pursue graduate study in biomedical sciences at MU, your research experience and interest area (list any publications or presentations at national meetings), and your career goals.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people (e.g., professors) who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. You must apply to the MU Graduate School

    1. Biomedical sciences pre-application survey
    2. Completing this BIOMED Online pre-application survey is recommended to provide a review of your credentials before you submit an official application.

    3. The Graduate School application
      • Upload the above documents in the online application
      • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
      • Academic Program: Biomedical Sciences/Veterinary Sciences- Distance (MS)
      • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine.