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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
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the top five public, four-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

 

 

 

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.

Facilities

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

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 for theAnimal & 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.