The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Animal Science (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Animal Science (Thesis) offered by the Department of Animal Science in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes specialized and rigorous learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in research design, data analysis, and the presentation of complex concepts to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

Keywords: Animal Biotechnology, Animal Genetics, Animal Health and Welfare, Animal Microbiome, Animal Nutrition, Animal Omics, Animal Physiology and Reproduction, Data Analytics, Precision Livestock Farming.

Unique Program Features

  • Students benefit from access to the Macdonald Campus Farm which includes the Dairy Cattle Complex, the Swine Complex, and the Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex;
  • Additional research and experimental facilities include Lactanet – Canadian Dairy Production Centre of Expertise, the Crampton Nutrition Lab, Large Animal Research Unit (LARU), and the Small Animal Research Unit (SARU);
  • Graduates pursue careers in the animal industry, the pharmaceutical sector, and a variety of fields in biotechnology.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Animal Science website

Department Contact

Graduate Program gradstudies.macdonald [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Animal%20Science) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 May 31
WINTER February 15 July 15 September 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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