Graduate researcher and professor at NC State's Prestage Dept of Poultry Science.

Graduate Programs

Advanced Degrees That Advance Careers

The global expansion of poultry production is expected to continue growing by 5% per year, and by more than 25% per year in developing countries. That’s why students from many different countries and cultures are involved in our graduate programs.

You can choose from several paths, including masters degree options, a graduate certificate program and a Ph.D.

Our graduate faculty are experts in their fields. They participate in a number of interdisciplinary programs throughout the university that enrich their teaching and mentoring, and in turn, benefit their students.

We’re serious about preparing our graduate students for meaningful careers that have an impact in North Carolina and around the world.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent degree from an accredited university or institute of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (3.5 GPA preferred)
  • TOEFL for international students from non-English speaking countries

We recruit highly competitive students for our graduate degree programs. Check out the paths below to find the one that’s right for you.

Graduate Degrees and Certificates

Master of Science

A research thesis and 30+ credit hours of coursework are required for the Master of Science (M.S.) program. These degrees may be awarded in a number of areas, including Poultry Science, Nutrition and Functional Genomics.

Doctor of Philosophy

Our Ph.D. program provides mentoring opportunities with faculty experts who are leaders in their fields. Customize your course of study in areas such as nutrition, genetics, immunology, biotechnology, developmental biology, microbiology, and reproductive and stress physiology.

Accelerated Baccalaureate

Academically advanced undergraduate students can challenge themselves and take a number of courses in poultry science for both undergraduate and graduate credit leading to the Accelerated Baccalaureate - Master.

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Feed Science is available to students with a bachelor's (B.S.) degree in an associated field who complete 12 credit hours of required coursework in feed milling. The graduate certificate may be obtained separately or in conjunction with any of the diploma-based degrees in the department or other departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Prestage student Susan Jones looking at eggs.

Ready to join our Pack?

Learn more about graduate school admissions and apply at the NC State Graduate School website.

Ken Anderson
Director of Graduate and Certificate Programs