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Program Overview

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Agriculture and Life Sciences focus area in Animal Health is focused on the theory and the tools necessary to prevent, monitor and control disease in agricultural animals and/or companion animals, and prepares individuals to work in the area of animal health and/or welfare.

Students in the MPS program will learn the necessary skills, both through courses and applied, hands-on experience covering a wide range of areas including: animal nutrition, genetics and physiology. With access to world-renowned faculty, cutting edge techniques, laboratories and additional coursework in strategic thinking, communications and leadership, students expand their knowledge and prepare themselves for today’s data-informed workplace. The skillset developed can be applied to numerous emerging applications and careers, such as:

  • Technical Service Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Agribusiness Specialist
  • Product Manager working for a Feed Manufacturer
  • Some students continue their education, such as:
    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    • Additional research degrees: MS, PhD

The MPS is a New York State accredited, one-year, course-based master’s degree program located in Cornell University’s Ithaca, NY campus. The specialized, course-based instruction broadens expertise and expands versatility and has two main components:

  1. Coursework: Students work with a faculty advisor to customize their course of study based on their area(s) of interest.  While the majority of the courses (20 of the required 30 credits) will be in CALS, students have the flexibility to take electives across Cornell.
  2. MPS team project: With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students work on solving a real-world problem, building project management and team leadership skills sought by employers.

MPS students are part of a cohort of CALS professional master’s students specializing in diverse fields of study. The program is fast-paced and rigorous. Professional master’s students have a dedicated support organization, offering career guidance and professional skill development.

Degree at a Glance

30

credit hours of coursework

Problem-solving project

Completion and submission of a problem-solving project

For further details about degree requirements

Sample Curriculum

Working with a faculty advisor, students design a curriculum based on interests and career goals. Students can pick one of two areas within animal health or develop their own: 

  • Animal Health – Global Focus
  • Animal Health – Business and Leadership

Global Focus sample curriculum

Fall semester

  • ANSC 4270: Endocrinology
  • ANSC 4880: The Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus
  • VETPMD 6121: Food Systems and Health
  • VETPMD 6640: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • ALS 5900: Master of Professional Studies Project Development 
  • ANSC 6100: Animal Science MPS Seminar

Spring semester

  • ANSC 3410: Biology of the Mammary Gland in Health and Disease
  • ANSC 3920: Mechanisms of Animal Growth and Development
  • ANSC 3980: Animals in Biomedical Research
  • ANSC 6700: Immunology in Animal Health and Disease
  • VTPMD 6650: Study Designs
  • FDSC 4800: Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World
  • ALS 5910: Master of Professional Studies Project Completion
  • ANSC 6100: Animal Science MPS Seminar 

Animal Health – Business and Leadership sample curriculum

Fall semester

  • ANSC 4880: The Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus 
  • AEM 6245: Organizational Behavior
  • NBA 5410: Project Management
  • NCC 5540: Managing and Leading in Organizations 
  • NCC 5560: Managerial Finance
  • ALS 5900: Master of Professional Studies Project Development
  • ANSC 6100: Animal Science MPS Seminar

Spring semester

  • AEM 4190: Strategic Thinking
  • AEM 4020: Innovation and New Product Development 
  • ILROB 5275: Leading and Managing Teams
  • NBA 5150: Leadership Theory and Practice 
  • AEM 4015: Customer Analytics and Strategy 
  • NBA 5410: Ethics and Corporate Culture
  • ALS 5910: Master of Professional Studies Project Completion 
  • ANSC 6100: Animal Science MPS Seminar

Admission Requirements  

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for working with animals, competency in undergraduate science coursework, and interest in applying knowledge gained in a professional career. Admission requirements include:

  • Complete an application through Cornell Graduate School
  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific field, such as animal science, microbiology, chemistry, biology
  • For non-science background, at least 15 credits of introductory college-level science courses, including general chemistry, general biology, and corresponding labs
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants, per Graduate School guidelines

For More Information 

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