Graduate Field of Animal Science

Approximately 40 graduate students from a variety of disciplines belong to the Department of Animal Science, most of them in the Field of Animal Science. The program offers unusual flexibility designed to accommodate individual interests and goals. There are several advantages to being a graduate student in the Field of Animal Science at Cornell, including access to Cornell’s wealth of intellectual (and other) resources and cooperation among students and faculty with common and complementary interests.

Fields and major subjects

Graduate Fields at Cornell are administrative units of the Graduate School. Graduate faculty in the Field of Animal Science include members from the Department of Animal Science, Department of Food Science, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

General Information

Information about the Field of Animal Science, as well as general application information and on-line forms, may be found on the Graduate School website.

Four Degree Programs

The Field of Animal Science offers four degree programs:

  1. MPS
  2. MS
  3. MS/PhD
  4. PhD

Graduate Field Concentrations

Students applying to the Field of Animal Science can choose from the following concentrations:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Science
  • Physiology of Reproduction
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Genomics

International students

The Field of Animal Science has limited resources for international students and can rarely offer financial support to them. The Graduate School requires that international students provide documented financial support before they may be admitted. International students should seek financial assistance from their own governmental agencies or international foundations. Self-funded PhD Students are not accepted. Faculty within the Field may have funding for graduate students from grants. Students who are not offered financial support through the Department of Animal Science or other departments at Cornell are not accepted unless they have been awarded funding to provide the equivalent of a Cornell Assistantship.

    For More Information

    Donna Wakeman
    Graduate Field Assistant
    149 Morrison Hall
    Phone: 607-255-2862
    Email: anscigradfld [at]

    Dr. Susan Quirk
    Director of Graduate Studies
    434 Morrison Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Phone: 607-254-4607
    Email: smq1 [at]

    Dr. Nathalie Trottier
    Director of Animal Science MPS

    320 Morrison Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Email: nlt35 [at]