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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    Degree

    • Master of Science

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

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    Program options

    • Thesis-based
    • Course-based

Program details

The Animal Science (MSc) program offers courses of study and research in several disciplines including behaviour, genetics, nutrition or physiology of farm animals.

You can choose to take a thesis-based or course-based route.

Thesis-based route

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The Animal Science (MSc) thesis-based program consists of 12 credit hours of coursework and a thesis requirement.

The coursework is comprised of a minimum of 6 credit hours in the major subject, a minimum of 3 credit hours in an ancillary subject plus ANSC 7140 (3 credit hours). Students must submit an acceptable thesis and pass a thesis oral examination.

Course-based route

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The Animal Science MSc course-based program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive examination.

The coursework is comprised of a minimum of 12-18 credit hours in the major subject, 6-12 credit hours in an ancillary subject plus ANSC 7140 (3 credit hours). The remaining required credit hours are to be made up of electives determined in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The program concludes with a comprehensive examination.

Sample course offerings

  • ANSC 7140: Animal Science Seminar
  • ANSC 7220: Genetic Principles of Animal Improvement
  • ANSC 7380: Endocrine Control of Animal Metabolism
  • ANSC 7400: Quantitative Genetics in Animal Science
  • ANSC 7440: Protein Nutrition and Metabolism
  • ANSC 7480: Mineral and Trace Element Nutrition and Metabolism
  • ANSC 7500: Methodology in Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • ANSC 7530: Special Topics in Animal Physiology
  • ANSC 7550: Special Topics in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • ANSC 7560: Mathematical Modeling of Agricultural Systems

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Master of Science (Animal Science) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To qualify for the Animal Science (MSc) program, you must have a minimum of:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Animal Science.

Students with other degrees (bachelor of science honours or general) may be accepted. In these instances, students may be required to complete a pre-master’s program or to register for courses additional to those normally required in the master’s program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The Animal Science (MSc) program has three application deadlines per year. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Statement of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Canadian and US applicants

Term Applications open Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) Early April June 1
Winter (January) Early July October 1
Summer (May) Early February February 1

International applicants

Term Applications open Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) Early April February 1
Winter (January) Early July June 1
Summer (May) Early February October 1

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

graduate.admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9377

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Department of Animal Science
Room 201 Animal Science/Entomology Building
12 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

animal_science@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9383
Fax: 204-474-7628