Veterinary sciences Courses

University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of science in biomedical sciences
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The online master’s in veterinary 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.

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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.


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 eight years after initiating the program.

State authorization

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

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine