Department of Animal and Range Sciences

P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900

Department Head

Dr. Patrick Hatfield
103 Animal Bioscience Building, Bozeman, MT 59717

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Jane Ann Boles
207 Animal Bioscience Building, Bozeman, MT 59717


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required by The Graduate School for admittance. The undergraduate work should have been in Animal Science, Range Science or a closely related field. A faculty member must agree to advise a student before they will be accepted into the Animal and Range Sciences department. Acceptance to the MSU Animal and Range Sciences department does not imply automatic acceptance to The Graduate School at MSU. Financial support in the form of research assistantships and/or tuition and fee waivers is limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis

We do require that a student take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and that the scores be included as part of the application material (sent directly from the testing agency to MSU); unofficial scores will be used for initial evaluation by the department. If you have not taken the GRE exam, you should do so at your earliest convenience. A minimum  GRE score of 150 verbal and 146 quantitative (450 verbal and 550 quantitative in previous GRE scoring system) are required for full admission.  GRE scores cannot be over 5 years old at time of application. In addition to the above requirements international applicants must have a TOEFL (English proficiency) score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer).

Additional required application materials: Official transcripts (sent directly to the Department from all higher education schools attended (universities, colleges, and/or community colleges) or via email: Three reference letters (letters cannot be from the intended major professor or potential committee members) and a personal statement must be submitted through the online application.

A complete domestic application package must be received by the department by the following dates and International applications are due one month prior:

  • For admission Fall semester - June 1
  • For admission Spring semester - November 1
  • For admission Summer semester - March 1