**Prior to applying, an appropriate faculty member must agree to serve as the student’s major advisor as a condition of admission.  Prospective students should research our faculty’s areas of research to find which faculty members’ research best aligns with the student’s area(s) of interest.    

Application Deadlines

Completed applications must be submitted by the following dates:

For Domestic Students:

Fall Semester Admission - June 15th
Spring Semester Admission - November 15th

Summer Semester Admission - April 15th

For International Students:

Fall Semester Admission - May 15th
Spring Semester Admission - October 15th

Summer Semester Admission - March 15th

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required and official scores must be sent from the testing agency to Montana State University (use code 4488); minimum scores of 150 verbal and 146 quantitative (450 verbal and 550 quantitative in previous GRE scoring system).  Test scores may not be over five years old at time of application.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


Animal Science Emphasis

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. Research problems may involve beef cattle, sheep, horses and biochemical or other properties of agricultural products. Supporting course work may be taken from 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.

Range Science Emphasis

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. Major areas of study are range ecology, habitat management, watershed management, grazing management, monitoring, riparian ecosystems, measurements, and plant-animal (livestock and wildlife) interactions. The Range Science Emphasis prepares students for careers in rangeland management, wildlife management, habitat management, natural resource conservation and restoration, research, landuse planning, and consulting. 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.

Biology Emphasis

Graduate students in the Biology Emphasis receive training directed toward the basic biological functions as they relate to animal production, meat science/meat food safety or entomology. Research projects may involve beef cattle, sheep and biochemical or other properties of agricultural products. Supporting course work may be taken from Animal Science, Range Science, Biology, Wildlife Management, Biochemistry, Statistics and Plant Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students seeking a Ph.D. in Animal and Range Sciences are expected to have completed a Master of Science in Animal Science, Range Science or a closely related area.The Ph.D. program is based upon an area of specialization in research and intensive course work that would normally require three years of full-time work beyond the M.S. degree. In addition to requirements set forth by the Graduate School, the major professor and the student’s graduate committee will determine specific course requirements to complete the Ph.D. degree.