Application Information, Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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General Information


The objective of our graduate training programs is to provide advanced research training in selected areas of Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, or Cellular Biology and Anatomy. Faculty members in the Divisions of Physiology and Cellular Biology and Anatomy, who identify themselves as reproductive biologists, have focused their efforts on sex steroid effects on a variety of different physiological systems relating to reproduction. Faculty members from the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and some of the same faculty from reproductive biology, have combined efforts to focus on the effects of endocrine disrupters (many with estrogen-like effects) in the environment. Other faculty members are investigating the effects of estrogen on the cardiovascular and circadian rhythm system as well, as sexual differentiation of the brain. This emphasis on the effects of sex steroid hormones on many different systems has been effective in helping to unite a diverse faculty and has provided common interest for seminars and collaborative research projects. Each student's program is individually tailored to meet this objective. To this end, the department requires only a minimum of core courses, thus allowing the greatest possible flexibility in program design for each student to meet his or her goals. It is expected that students will earn the MS degree within two to three years or the PhD degree within four to five years, after entering the respective program. Students may earn the PhD degree without earning the MS degree.

The Department emphasizes quality graduate programs for candidates with or without the DVM degree. A long-term goal is to increase the number of DVMSs being educated to be competitive scientists. Currently about 50 percent of our graduate students hold the DVM or an equivalent degree. The PhD programs in all three Divisions in the Department are designed to prepare students to be competitive research scientists and effective teachers. We are attempting to increase our numbers of domestic students, especially with regard to under-represented minorities. All graduate programs are tailored to meet the goals and expectations of the individual student.

Residency Training Programs are also available in the areas of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Veterinary Toxicology.

Application Information
Applications, submitted with all supplemental materials, and a fee of $70 for U.S. students, and $90 for international students, are due by January 1st for admission in the Fall semester and June 1st for admission in the Spring semester. The Department requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). You must have taken the GRE (General Exam) within the past five years and an official copy of the results must be in our office before your application will be considered complete.

International applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. A score of at least 600 on the written TOEFL examination, 250 on the computer version, or 100 on the internet based testing version is required. Those applicants who gain admission on the basis of their academic credentials, but score below 600 (or 250 or 100, as applicable) on the TOEFL, will be admitted on limited status and required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) upon their arrival. Graduate applicants are exempt from the TOEFL exam if, within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the University of Illinois, they have successfully completed at least two academic years of full-time study in a country where English is the primary language and in a school where English is the primary language of instruction. You also need to take the new TSE (Test of Spoken English) exam and score at least a 50. International applicants are encouraged to visit the University's minimum admission requirements website before applying. Visit this link to view admissions requirements be country:

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