We provide competitive assistantships for qualified candidates in our thesis-based master and doctoral programs. Assistantships for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees offer tuition, health insurance, and a $12,000 (MS) or $13,500 (Ph.D.)  stipend for the academic year. Summer support is given at the discretion of the major professor. Total yearly support including summer supplement is $16,000 (MS) and $18,000 (Ph.D.).

Students on assistantship also are eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). Benefits of the GSSP include:

  • Waiver of in- and out-of-state tuition for:
    • Four (4) semesters (two years) for M.S. students
    • Eight (8) semesters (four years) for Ph.D. students who hold an M.S. degree at the time of admission to the doctoral program
    • Ten (10) semesters (five years) for students going either directly from a B.S. to a Ph.D. degree or progressing continuously from the M.S. to the Ph.D. degree program
  • Health insurance coverage

Students interested in a departmental assistantship should submit their application by the January 31 early application deadline for the fall semester and by November 15 for the spring semester.


Animal Science graduate students are required to assist in the departmental teaching program as part of their degree program, regardless of their sources of financial support. This requirement provides students with an opportunity to develop their teaching skills during their graduate program.

All graduate students in the Department of Animal Science who are mentored by departmental graduate faculty members are required to teach a minimum of one semester during their M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

If supported by a Departmental Assistantship, each graduate student is required to serve as a teaching assistant in one course offered by the Department of Animal Science or Agricultural Institute every semester that they receive a stipend. A Departmental Teaching/Research Assistantship requires a total work obligation of twenty hours per week with ten hours of work per week dedicated to teaching.

Teaching assignments typically consist of assisting in the instruction of an undergraduate course under the direct supervision of the faculty member in charge. Students can register for ANS 685 (M.S. Supervised College Teaching) to obtain up to 3 credits toward their M.S. degree or ANS 885 (Ph.D. Supervised College Teaching) for additional credits toward their Ph.D. degree.