The Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University offers a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Animal and Range Sciences. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs require students to choose an emphasis in either Animal Science or Range Science.

Departmental Application Process

All applicants must upload unofficial transcripts during this online application process (even if you are currently still working on your degree). In the case that the department extends an offer, MSU must receive official transcripts directly from all university(s) attended. Please have transcripts sent electronically to: animalrange@montana.edu or by mail to: MSU, Animal & Range Sciences, P.O. Box 172900, 103 Animal Bioscience Building, Bozeman MT 59717-2900. Current and previous students of MSU-Bozeman do not need to submit official transcripts.

NOTE: Before a graduate student will be accepted, a faculty member must be available to advise a student in regard to funding anda project. Applicants mustcontact potential advisors prior to applying. Faculty member may use GRE as a condition of accepting a prospective advisee. 
 
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete application package must be received by the department by the following deadlines:

  • For fall semester admission: June 1*
  • For spring semester admission: November 1*
  • For summer semester admission: April 1*

         *The deadline for international applicants is one month prior to the above dates.

Animal Science Emphasis

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Research problems may involve beef cattle, sheep and biochemical or other properties of agricultural products. Graduate students in the Animal Science emphasis receive broad-based training resulting in experiences that qualify them for many agricultural jobs. Areas of emphasis include nutrition, breeding and genetics, physiology, production systems, and meat science/muscle growth.

Supporting course work may be taken in Animal Science, Range Science, Biology, Wildlife Management, Biochemistry, Statistics, Plant Sciences, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Economics.

Research laboratories are available in the department and specialized equipment is also available through cooperation with other departments.

The department conducts cooperative research with the U.S. Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City, Montana, and the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station at Dubois, Idaho. Facilities for the maintenance of beef cattle and sheep are available at the Red Bluff Research Ranch, 30 miles west of Bozeman, the Fort Ellis Research Center near Bozeman, and the Northern Agricultural Research Center at Havre. The main station has facilities for sheep, horses and beef cattle (a cattle feedlot and nutrition laboratory). A wool laboratory is located on campus.

You are welcome to contact any tenure-track faculty advisor whose research may interest you.

Range Science Emphasis

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Major areas of study are range ecology, habitat management, watershed management, grazing management, monitoring, riparian ecosystems, measurements, and plant-animal (livestock and wildlife) interactions.
Research and training opportunities in the Range Science programs are diverse, and students with a wide variety of backgrounds, goals, and educational needs are accepted.

A graduate degree in range science prepares for a graduate for  careers in rangeland management, wildlife management, habitat management, natural resource conservation and restoration, research, land-use planning, and consultation.

Research facilities include the Red Bluff Research Ranch, several research centers of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, U.S. Livestock and Range Research Station at Miles City, Montana, and the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station at Dubois, Idaho.

Cooperative projects with ranchers and federal and state agencies are also conducted. Supporting courses at the graduate level include botany, wildlife biology and management, soils, animal science, earth science, plant science, statistics and biochemistry.

You are welcome to contact any tenure-track faculty advisor whose research may interest you.