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Mississippi State University  


Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State MS 39762
Telephone: (662) 325-9065 or 325-4161
Email:
MSU-CVMAdmissions@cvm.msstate.edu
www.cvm.msstate.edu

 

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

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 problems.

Year 2 is devoted to the study of clinical diseases and abnormalities of animal species. Surgery labs begin in the second year.

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 months.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: Mississippi State accepts 40 Mississippi residents, 5 contract students from South Carolina, 7 contract students from West Virginia, and 33 non-resident applicants.

 

Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits

English Composition

6

Speech or Technical Writing

3

Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)

6

General Biology and laboratory

8

Microbiology with laboratory

4

General Chemistry and laboratory

8

Organic Chemistry and laboratory

8

Biochemistry

3

Physics (may be Trig-based)

6

Advanced (upper-level) science electives

12

Humanities, fine arts, social sciences

 

and behavioral electives

15

 

SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Timetable:

VMCAS application deadline: October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

GRE General Exam scores and supplemental application deadline: October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Date interviews are held: January and February

Date acceptances mailed: February

First-year classes begin: early July

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00.

Deferments: requests are considered on an individual basis.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Grades (minimum competitive GPAs are typically 3.3-3.4)

Quality of academic program


TEST SCORES

Animal/veterinary experience

Participation in extra-curricular and community service activities and outside employment

Leadership and interpersonal skills

References (3 required; one must be from a veterinarian)

Personal statement

Interview of applicants selected on basis of academic and non-academic criteria.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Required undergraduate GPA: 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 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: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No

ESTIMATED TUITION

Estimated Tuition Resident: $18,782

Estimated Tuition Contract: $18,782

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $43,982

Available Seats

Resident: 40

Contract: 12

Non-Resident: 33

TEST REQUIREMENTS

Standardized examinations: Graduate 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 deadline.

Students should schedule the GRE exam 30 days prior to deadline.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? Yes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DVM-PhD Program

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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 separately.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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 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 CVM.

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 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: http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/academics/early_entry_program.html

 

Application Deadline: 10/2/2014 

Page Updated: 05/01/2014 tw
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