Comparative Biosciences

Graduate Study and Training Programs

Choose Comparative Biosciences to learn from outstanding researchers who are advancing human, animal, and environmental health.

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Choose Comparative Biosciences to learn about animal models and translational research from engaged and enthusiastic faculty.

Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

Our graduate programs provide advanced research training in stem cell research, molecular genetics, pharmacology, and toxicology. The range of faculty projects and interests is outlined on the departmental home page and within individual faculty biosketches.

All graduate programs are tailored to meet the goals and expectations of the individual student. The department requires a minimum of core courses, thus allowing the greatest possible flexibility in program design. It is expected that students will earn the master of science degree within two to three years or the PhD degree within four to five years after enrolling. Students may earn the PhD degree without earning the master’s degree. Doctoral degrees are designed to prepare competitive research scientists and effective teachers.

About half of current graduate students hold the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree. The department is committed to increasing the number of veterinarians educated to be competitive scientists. We also seek to increase our numbers of domestic students, especially with regard to under-represented minorities.

    • Applications, submitted with all supplemental materials, and a fee of $70 for U.S. students, and $90 for international students, are due by January 1 for admission in the Fall semester and June 1 for admission in the Spring semester.
    • The department requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • The department must receive an official copy of the results of the GRE (General Exam), taken within the past five years, in order to consider an application complete.

    International Applicants

    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.


    For Department of Comparative Biosciences graduate application inquiries and correspondence, contact:

    Megan Mahoney, PhD
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Juanmahel Dávila, PhD
    Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

    Angela Martin
    Coordinator of Graduate Studies


    Department of Comparative Biosciences
    University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
    2001 South Lincoln Avenue
    Urbana, IL 61802

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Training Programs and Residency

Comparative Biosciences faculty provide leadership in several interdisciplinary training programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

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