M.S. in Animal Science
The Master of Science in Animal Science equips students with knowledge and concepts from production through processing and teaches the value associated with livestock, as well as meat and milk produced from those animals. Graduates from the program will possess knowledge of livestock production systems, animal management and animal products. The knowledge and skills gained from this program prepare students for career paths in a range of fields. Students who pursue this degree will have two track options:
- The Research (Thesis) Track is designed for students who wish to gain experience through research methodology and technical writing in an original research project to be completed under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
- The Professional (Non-Thesis) Track is designed for students who desire to complete coursework that will further qualify them for public or agency employment, as well as strengthen advancement opportunities in their current or future employment.
- A search of Indeed.com generated almost 3,000 positions requiring or preferring a Master’s degree in Animal Science.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a projected growth of Animal Scientist jobs of +5.9% from 2016-2026, and +5.7% growth in food scientists.
- The predicted rates are even higher for the state of Texas. Texaswages.com projects a 17.6% growth in Animal Scientist positions from 2014-2024, and a 20% increase in food scientist positions.
- The reported average salary for an animal scientist is $61,110, with industries ranging from private management and consulting to federal and state government, academia, animal production, and research and development.
Tarleton State University’s M.S. in Animal Science strives to prepare students for life after graduation with:
- Quality classroom instruction
- Hands-on experience in livestock production units
- Industry interaction through field trips, cooperative education, and internships
- Competency in the animal science discipline
- Scientific inquiry and effective thinking
- Communication skills
- Professional responsibility
36 Credit Hours (2 years)
Plan Your Future
Obtaining an M.S. in Animal Science can lead to careers such as:
- Zoo Curator
- Food Scientist
- Genetic Data Analyst
- Manager of Milk Quality and Diagnostics
- Swine Commercial Director
- Animal Nutrition Regulatory Expert
We strongly encourage our students to complete one of our available internships. These internships provide hands-on experience that will give students an advantage over other job applicants after graduation.
Please contact a program advisor for more information.
Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:
- Resume assistance
- Job fairs
- Mock interviews
- Career counseling
And much more!
|ANSC||5306||Assisted Breeding Technology|
|ANSC||5308||Measuring Animal Behavior|
|ANSC||5314||Food Quality Assurance|
|ANSC||5318||Ethical/Environmental Issues in Agriculture|
|ANSC||5319||Biotechnology in Agriculture|
|ANSC||5350||Lab Methods in Animal Research|
|RNRM||5301||Advanced Grazing Systems|
For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.
Facilities and Features
The Block & Bridle Club is a student organization that is devoted to promoting the interest and scholarship of Animal Science and Agriculture among Tarleton students and the community. We are a pre-professional, social, and service club associated with the Animal Science Department and the American Society of Animal Science.
TREAT serves as a training program for students who plan to enter a career in the equine assisted therapy industry. Students who are interested in a career working with individuals that have special needs can gain experience from this program as well. TREAT also serves as a training program for these applicable industries:
- Veterinary Service
- Health Care
Any individual can benefit from the skills and lessons provide by this unique program.
There are several facilities that we utilize to ensure that students get the best hands-on experience possible. These facilities include:
- Equine Center
- Meat Lab
- Swine Center
- Agriculture Center
- Southwest Regional Dairy Center
- The Teaching Pavilion
Students in animal science classes have access to over 14,810 print and electronic specialized books and audio-visual titles.
Tarleton has access to over 3,000 animal science and agriculture-related journals and periodical titles.
Gale Academic OneFile - journals covering biology, agricultural science, animal reproduction science, etc.
Springer eBooks – 60,000 volume collection featuring eBooks across academic disciplines including biology, zoology, agriculture.
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