IX. Graduate Programs


MSc Program

The MSc program is offered in four fields: 1) comparative pathology; 2) immunology; 3) veterinary infectious diseases; and 4) veterinary pathology. The primary objective is to provide students with training in conceptual and laboratory aspects of research, combined with advanced training in a field of knowledge relating to manifestations, basic mechanisms and host resistance for diseases of vertebrates.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have either a an honours degree in biological sciences with at least a 'B' average during the final 2 years of the program, or a DVM (or equivalent) degree with at least a 'B' average over the four years of the program. In either case, performance in relevant biomedical science courses, (e.g. microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, etc.) at a level above the minimum 'B' average is normally expected. Admission requires a statement of the applicant's interests and objectives and supportive letters of reference. An appropriate faculty advisor must be identified, as well as potential sources of funds for research and for provision of a stipend for the student. Applications may be submitted at any time. Initial enrolment can be in the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters, with a preference for the Fall.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 1.5 credits of prescribed courses with at least a 'B ' average,and must satisfactorily write and defend a research thesis. Prescribed courses and additional courses are selected by the student in consultation with the advisor and advisory committee based on the student's background and their research and career objectives. The Academic and Professional Skills in Pathobiology course PABI*6430 and the MSc Seminar in Pathobiology course PABI*6440 are prescribed for all MSc students. The thesis research is planned by the student in consultation with the advisor. Research plans and progress must be approved by the advisory committee. The thesis defence includes a seminar presentation and a final oral examination by a committee of graduate faculty members.

See also the MSc Degree Regulations in the Graduate Calendar.

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