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Graduate Programs


The Physiology Program jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine offers training leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physiology. The physiology faculty is an interdepartmental group drawn from the departments participating in the program including animal science, biochemistry, entomology, clinical sciences, poultry science, psychology, veterinary anatomy physiological sciences and radiology, and zoology. The program emphasizes the comparative approach implicit in this type of organization and is designed to prepare individuals for careers in research and teaching.


The North Carolina State University Immunology Program offers graduate training leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Immunology. The diversified faculty is drawn from the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as government agencies within the Research Triangle Park. Interdepartmental cooperation provides a unique atmosphere for the study of immunology in a wide range of species. Coursework and laboratory research emphasize cellular and molecular biology studies in infectious disease immunology, mucosal immunity and inflammation, immunopathology, immunotoxicology, immunoparasitology, environmental immunology, and immunology of non-vertebrate species.

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

The Comparative Biomedical Sciences program provides training in basic and applied veterinary medical research to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree, D.V.M. or equivalent degree. The program is organized across traditional departmental lines as areas of concentration which include: cell biology/morphology, epidemiology/ population medicine, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology. These provide extensive interdisciplinary training and maintain a highly effective liaison with graduate programs in other schools of the university, as well as those of nearby Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine

The creation of the non-thesis master's degree track (MSpVM) for the Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program was proposed to enhance scholarship and competitiveness of veterinarians completing advanced specialty training at the College. These programs are designed to provide experiences appropriate for certification in the specialty College related to their area of study. Clinical and diagnostic material handled through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and affiliated units will provide the basis for this training. Courses will incorporate seminars, rounds and journal club activities; individual supervised training; independent study programs; and basic statistics and ethics. Many of the programs will require a project, publication, and oral exam to be completed as part of the requirements.

This optional track features an interdepartmental, multidisciplinary approach to graduate training with participating graduate faculty from all four departments of the College of Veterinary Medicine. These faculty represent 17 discipline areas and will offer advanced training leading to the Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine. Again, the MSpVM program track is optional.

Each MSpVM student will have a unique graduate training program focused in his/her clinical specialty area and directed by a graduate committee comprising faculty experts from this clinical specialty and other specialty areas. Creation of the track will permit the College to document more clearly the effort that faculty commit to advanced training in 17 different veterinary specialties. The graduate track will help sustain the outstanding success the College has achieved in attracting the top national and international veterinary graduates for post-graduate clinical training. More...

Master of Veterinary Public Health

The Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH) program is designed to provide graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing animal and public health service oriented careers with state, federal, and international agencies. The one year nonthesis MVPH program provides advanced graduate training in

Specific education objectives include:

Graduate Student Support

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How To Apply

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