Mississippi State University
Starkville is home to more than 20,000 MSU students and their
Bulldogs. Starkville is located in northeast central Mississippi and has a
population of 24,000. Being a land-grant university, MSU is green and
beautifully landscaped. The university includes 9 farms scattered throughout
the state. The College of Veterinary Medicine (the Wise Center) was completed
in 1982. The college includes 620 rooms on 8 acres, or 360,000 square feet,
under one roof.
The curriculum of the MSU-CVM is divided into 2 phases: Phase 1
or Pre-clinical (freshman and sophomore years) and Phase 2 or Clinical (junior
and senior years).
Year 1 uses foundation courses to expose
the student to important medical concepts and address multidisciplinary
Year 2 is devoted to the study of clinical
diseases and abnormalities of animal species. Surgery labs begin in the second
Year 3 is comprised of clinical rotations
in the College’s Animal Health Center, and elective courses.
Year 4 includes core rotations in internal
medicine and ICU, large animal ambulatory, neurology, ophthalmology, and the
Jackson Emergency/Referral Clinic.
The remainder of the fourth year is largely experiential and
offers the student the opportunity to select among approved experiences in
advanced clinical rotations, elective courses, or externships. The first 3
years of the curriculum are 9-10 months in length, while the fourth year is 12
For specific application information (availability, deadlines,
fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed
State accepts 40 Mississippi residents, 5 contract students from South Carolina,
7 contract students from West Virginia, and 33 non-resident applicants.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
1, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
GRE General Exam scores and
supplemental application deadline:
October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM
Date interviews are held:
Date acceptances mailed:
First-year classes begin:
Deposit (to hold place in
are considered on an individual basis.
Grades (minimum competitive
GPAs are typically 3.3-3.4)
of academic program
Participation in extra-curricular
and community service activities and outside employment
Leadership and interpersonal
References (3 required; one
must be from a veterinarian)
Interview of applicants
selected on basis of academic and non-academic criteria.
Required undergraduate GPA:
minimum overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. The minimum GPA must be maintained
throughout the application process. The class of 2017 has an average
undergraduate GPA of 3.62.
At the time of application, no grade lower than a C-is
acceptable in any required course. Remediated and repeated courses must be
completed before the application is submitted.
AP credit policy:
on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate
Is a Bachelor’s Degree
Is this an International
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
Record Exam (GRE), general test, is required (no minimum score) and is due at
the school by October 1.
GRE must have been taken within 3 years of application
Students should schedule the GRE exam 30 days prior to deadline.
Accepts International Students?
The mission of the MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program is to prepare
exceptional students for careers as veterinary scientists to meet the nation’s
critical needs in animal and human health research. It is the intent of the
MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program to provide the full rigor of training from the DVM and
PhD degrees as if they were pursued separately. The program is designed to
integrate the research and clinical training programs so that students will
experience a logical progression and level of responsibility throughout the
program. It is also the intent of the program to provide a system of moral and
financial support for the students who have committed to it.
The simultaneous pursuit of DVM and PhD
degrees requires a highly motivated student who can handle a rigorous course
load. Students seeking admission to this program go through a two-step
interview process. The student is interviewed for admission into the DVM
professional education program and the graduate program of the college. A
student admitted to the DVM-PhD program takes graduate coursework and after two
years begins the DVM professional education curriculum. Completion of the
DVM-PhD program will require 7 years in most cases; however, this is 1 to 2
years shorter than the time required to complete both degrees if they were
An applicant granted admission to the
DVM-PhD program will initiate his/her PhD coursework in the upcoming summer or
fall semester and will remain engaged in graduate work until the fall semester
two years later. Students admitted to the DVM-PhD program will have a position
reserved in the DVM program two years subsequent to starting the DVM-PhD
program as long as the student progressed appropriately during the initial two
years of the PhD program. Upon successful completion of graduate coursework
(maintaining a 3.0 GPA), a successful preliminary defense, and acceptance of a
research proposal in the format of a federal agency grant proposal by the
student’s PhD committee, the student will continue in the DVM-PhD program and
begin the DVM professional curriculum. Once the student has entered the DVM
curriculum, he or she will matriculate through the DVM program with the same
class he/she enters the curriculum with. The final year of the program will be
spent completing the PhD research, writing, and defending the dissertation.
During semesters when a student is engaged
in graduate coursework and/or dissertation research hours, he or she will
receive a graduate stipend at the standard rate for MSU-CVM. The graduate
stipend includes tuition waiver.
DVM-PhD students in good standing will
receive a $40,000 tuition remission to be applied toward their DVM tuition.
MSU-CVM EARLY ENTRY PROGRAM
The Early Entry Program is a unique program
of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) that allows high-achieving high
school seniors to earn pre-acceptance (early, pre-approved acceptance) into
Students who have an interest in veterinary
medicine and meet application requirements during high school may apply for the
Early Entry Program. If a student is accepted into this program, he/she begins
undergraduate work at MSU after high school graduation, and completes the first
three to four years of prerequisite courses, while also working toward
completion of a bachelor’s degree. After the student has completed all course
requirements for the College of Veterinary Medicine, has remained in good
standing, and has taken the GRE General Exam, he/she matriculates into the CVM
as a pre-accepted student. The student does not make further application to the
Students applying for this program must
have the following qualifications:
ACT composite score of 27 (SAT score of 1820 on new SAT); and
High school grade average of 90 (3.6 on a 4.0 scale)
In addition, the Early Entry Program
Admissions Committee considers animal and veterinary experience, work
experience, leadership qualities, and nontechnical skills and aptitudes
(character, community service, etc.) as described in the applicant’s written
application to the Early Entry Program, and in the applicant’s Letters of
Recommendation (provided in the application).
Twenty-five positions are available each
year. We normally receive 50 to 75 applications. Both Mississippi and
out-of-state students are eligible for the program.
Applications for the Early Entry Program
are available by October 1 each year, and are due for return by January 5.
Applicants are notified of acceptance status by early February.
Applications are available online from
October 1 through December 31. Please see the following website for the application
and important information:
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