Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Veterinary Science (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences (90 cr) with optional specialization:
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Biomedical Sciences
- Beef Cattle Research
- Molecular Biology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of purpose
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
- January 15 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in veterinary sciences. The program offers excellent opportunities for career development in the veterinary and biomedical field. The school is engaged in basic and applied biomedical research of animal health and disease.
An interdisciplinary approach is used involving collaboration among the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, pathology, biochemistry, toxicology, and epidemiology. The multidisciplinary composition of veterinary and biomedical sciences provides unique opportunities for research on disease pathogenesis, host defense, characterization of microbial pathogens, gene regulation, disease diagnosis and control, and epidemiology of food animal production.
The school also offers a comprehensive graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in integrative biomedical sciences. This educational program is designed to provide individualized instruction, with a strong emphasis on health and disease. A prominent area of study consists of research in infectious diseases including: biomedicine, bacteriology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, virology, and mechanisms of disease. Molecular and cell biology techniques are emphasized in most programs.
Some online courses are available.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Molecular Genetics; Virulence Determinants; Drug Resistance; Diagnostic Tests; Recombinant Vaccines
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Veterinary and Medical Entomology; Parasitology; Vector Ecology; Animal and Human Disease
Virology; African Swine Fever Virus
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Redox Signaling; Cell Regulation; Environmental Toxicity; Neurodegenerative Diseases
Beef Cattle Production
Pathogenesis; Immunity to Rhodococcus Equi
Food Animal Medicine; Surgery and Production Medicine; Lameness and Orthopedics
Anatomy; Localization of Cytokines; Injured Joints
Veterinary Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Livestock Health; Production Medicine; Zoonotic Infections
Pathogenesis of Viral Diseases of Cattle and Swine
Development and validation of novel molecular diagnostic methods; Recombinant and next generation vaccine technology; RNAi; Aquaculture
Autoimmune Myocarditis; Viral Myocarditis; Multiple Sclerosis
Pathogenesis of Escherichia Coli Infections; E. Coli Virulence Determinants; Enteric Pathology
Virology; Pseudorabies Virus; Vesicular Diseases
Molecular Biology of RNA Viruses; Virus-Host Cell Interactions; Attenuated Viruses and Vaccines; Antivirals
Circadian Timing System; Viral Proteins; Central Nervous System
Beef Cow and Calf Production Management; Young Stock Management; Disease Monitoring and Quality Assurance
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Immune System Activation and Autoimmunity
Circadian Rhythms; Circadian Regulation of Sleep; Seasonal Affective Disorder
Staphylococcus Aureus and S. Epidermidis Infections
Pathology of Inherited Diseases
Finding a HIV/AIDS Vaccine or a Long-Term Preventive Strategy; Small Ruminant Lentviruses (SRLV) and Trying to Find the Genetic Resistant-Forms against SRLV Infection
Confocal microscopy for immunofluorescence or live cell imaging analysis and electron microscopy; Search for biomarkers of altered stress response/adaptation using animal models.