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Animal & Range Sciences 

Further your research in livestock genetics, breeding, nutrition, physiology, range ecology, habitat management, grazing management, watershed management, riparian ecosystems and more.

Animal & Range Sciences – Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

In the graduate Animal & Range Sciences program at Montana State, candidates pursue research projects across a wide variety of subject matter, including livestock nutrition, livestock breeding and genetics, meat science, production systems, rangeland management, land-use planning, wildlife management and more. Graduate candidates choose between Animal or Range Sciences for their research emphasis, with projects that open up opportunities to conduct research with cooperating ranches, the USDA, federal and state agencies, and research laboratories across the Mountain West.




Animal & Range Sciences graduate students have the opportunity to work with researchers such as Peggy Lamb, whose research at the Northern Agricultural Research Station in Havre, Montana, has not only focused on various production agriculture projects but also on fostering relationships across the Hi-Line.



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Nature's Laboratory 
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Network of Facilities
The Animal & Range Sciences department cultivates a variety of relationships with research ranches and laboratories, offering a variety of research opportunities for its graduate students.

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Carnegie Classified
MSU is classified as an R1 research institution, the top research designation granted by the prestigious Carnegie Classification. As an R1 institution, MSU is able to offer students meaningful research opportunities in a variety of fields.





Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Animal & Range Science program and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, scholarship opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture. For more information, reach out to the Agricultural Education program within the college.


Graduate students within the Department of Animal & Range Sciences are able to take advantage of such facilities as:

  • Red Bluff Research Ranch
  • Bandy Experimental Ranch
  • Northern Agricultural Research Center
  • USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory
  • USDA-ARS U.S. Sheep Experiment Station




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Animal & Range Sciences program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements fortheAnimal & Range Sciences program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of Animal & Range Sciences may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.






Careers after Graduation

Graduate alumni in Animal & Range Sciences embark on a wide range of careers within 10-years of their graduation.

Nearly 58% are working in academia, 29% in for-profit, and about 5.8% for government. Top industry employers include Utah State University and Homestead Nutrition.

Across all career paths the estimated salary of alumni within 10 years of graduation ranges from $40,000 to $150,000 with an average of $85,000  (source of data Academic Analytics).