Starkville is home to more than
21,000 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 problems.
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, and/or externships.
The first 3 years of the curriculum are 9-10 months in length, while the fourth
year is 12 months.
For specific application information
(availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the
contact information listed above.
Mississippi State accepts 40 Mississippi residents, 5
contract students from South Carolina, 7 contract students from West Virginia,
and 40 non-resident applicants.
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time
Exam scores and supplemental application deadline:
2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern
Time. MSU will use September 15, 2017 as the date for
hold place in class):
considered on an individual basis
Grades (minimum competitive
GPAs are typically 3.3-3.4)
Quality 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.
a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. The minimum
GPA must be maintained throughout the application process. The class of 2020 has an average undergraduate GPA of 3.62.
No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course throughout the application process (application through matriculation). Remediated and repeated courses must be completed before the application is submitted.
appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate
Is a Bachelor’s
Is this an
* indicates requirement of a minimum
6 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory
Number of Hours/Credits
English Composition and/or Academic
Speech or Technical Writing
Mathematics (College Algebra or
General Biology (w/labs)
General Chemistry (w/labs)
Organic Chemistry (w/labs)
Physics (may be trig-based)
Advanced (upper-level) science
Humanities, fine arts, social
sciences and behavioral electives
2016-2017 TUITION AND FEES
Graduate Record Exam (GRE), general test, is required (no
minimum score) and is due at the school by September 15. GRE must have been
taken within 3 years of application deadline. Students should schedule the GRE
exam 30 days prior to deadline.
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 pursued
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.
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 the CVM. 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:
1. ACT composite score of 27
(SAT score of 1820 on new SAT); and
2. 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 70 to 80 applications. Both
Mississippi and out-of-state students are eligible for the program.
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
Applications are available
online from October 1 through December 31. Please see the following website for
the application and important information: http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/academics/early_entry_program.html