Michigan State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medical Center
784 Wilson Road, F-110
East Lansing MI 48824
Telephone: (517) 353-9793; fax: (517) 353-3041;
Helpline: (800) 496-4MSU (4678)
Website: www.cvm.msu.edu


Michigan State University’s campus is bordered by the city of East Lansing, which offers sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops, and convenient mass transit. The campus is traversed by the Red Cedar River and has many miles of bike paths and walkways. This park-like setting provides an ideal venue in which MSU’s 48,906 students may enjoy outdoor concerts and plays, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing. It sits on a 5,200- acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development. There are 532 buildings which include 103 academic buildings.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty, all of whom hold the doctor of veterinary medicine degree and/or the doctor of philosophy degree. Nearly all of the specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association are represented on the faculty. Many of these faculty members are leaders in their fields, both nationally and internationally.

Today, the college includes four biomedical science departments—microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology; two clinical departments—large-animal clinical sciences and small animal clinical sciences; two service units—the Veterinary Medical Center and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health; and several research centers.

Michigan State has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. The College of Veterinary Medicine has attained national recognition for its leadership in programs for the encouragement of underrepresented groups at the pre-professional, professional, and advanced studies levels, as well as for increased diversity in its faculty.


For specific application information (pre-requisite science courses, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website: http://cvm.msu.edu

Residency implications: priority is given to Michigan residents. Up to 35 positions are filled with nonresident and international applicants.


VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Electronic evaluations to VMCAS, Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 12:00 midnight eastern time.

GRE taken by August 31.

All transcripts submitted of courses taken prior the September 15 deadline should be submitted to VMCAS by September 15.

International transcripts must be evaluated by a translation service such us World Education Services (WES), Josef Silny or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars an Admission Officers, Foreign Education Credential Service (AACRAO). It is recommended that transcript(s) be submitted to the translation service at least one month prior to the deadline of September 15.

Deposit (to hold place in class): (none refundable) $500.00 for residents; $1,000.00 for nonresidents

Deferments are rare.


Required undergraduate GPA: No minimum required. The mean cumulative GPA for the entering class (2015) was 3.62 on a 4.00 scale.

AP credit policy: AP credit(s) must appear on an official transcript and be equivalent to appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Evaluation of written application (including veterinary/research experience)

VMCAS application supplemental questions

Supplemental application: A link to the supplemental application will be sent to the applicant

Letters of recommendation (3 submitted by September 15, 2016, at 12:00 midnight eastern time through VMCAS; 1 must be completed by a veterinarian)

Multiple Mini Interview or MMI

Acceptance deadline is Monday, April 17, 2017


Course Description
Number of Hours/Credits
  English Composition  3
  Social and Behavioral Sciences  6
  Humanities  6
  General Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)  3
  Organic Chemistry (with lab)  6
  Biochemistry (upper division)  3
  General Biology (with lab)  6
  College Algebra and Trigonometry  3
  College Physics (with lab)  8
  Nutrition  3
  Genetics  3
  An Upper Level Biology  3
  Microbiology (with lab)  4

For the most accurate information about the prerequisites, please contact the Office of Admissions at admiss@cvm.msu.edu


Estimated Tuition Resident: $29,220

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $55,362


Resident: 76

Non-Resident: 35


Standardized examinations: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required to be taken no later than August 31. Test scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. For the most current GRE submission information, please see http://aavmc.org/gre2017.aspx.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Evaluation of written application (including veterinary/research experience)

Letters of recommendation (3 submitted by September 15, 2016, ad 12:00 midnight eastern time through VMCAS; 1 must be completed by a veterinarian)

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Acceptance Deadline is Monday, April 17, 2016


Number of Applicants: 901

Number of New Entrants

Resident: 71

Non-Resident/International: 44

Total: 115


The Veterinary Scholars Admission Program has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the Honors College at Michigan State University. This program provides admission opportunity for students who wish to enter the four year professional veterinary medicine degree program after earning a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree program must include advanced and enriched coursework representing scholarly interest and achievements. Enrollment at MSU and membership in the Honors College are required to be eligible for this option. For information on Honors College membership, contact: Honors College, 105 Eustace-Hall, 468 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; telephone (517) 355-2326; or visit their website at http://honorscollege.msu.edu.


The Production Medicine Scholars Pathway has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. This pathway is available to MSU Animal Science students who complete, in addition to the minimum pre-veterinary medicine requirements, a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in production animal medicine. The concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in herd based, agricultural veterinary practice. The pathway provides an early admission option for Michigan State University students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in Animal Science with a concentration in production medicine. Successful applicants must have a strong academic and non-academic credentials, a demonstrated interest in food animal production medicine and agricultural veterinary medicine. Additional information about the pathway may be obtained from 1250 Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 or visit the website: http://www.ans.msu.edu.


Combined DVM-MPH degree program available

Combined online DVM/MS in Food Safety available

Application Deadline: 9/15/2016

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