IX. Graduate Programs

Animal Biosciences

MSc Program

The MSc program involves advanced courses and the completion of a research project. These are means of developing the skills and intellectual curiosity that may further qualify the student for a leadership role within animal organizations and industries or serve as a prerequisite for doctoral studies. The MSc degree may be completed via two routes: by thesis or by coursework and major paper. The MSc by coursework and major paper is offered in four areas of specialization: 1) animal breeding and genetics, 2) animal nutrition, 3) animal behaviour and welfare and 4) animal physiology.

Admission Requirements

An honours baccalaureate, with a minimum average grade of `B' during the last 2 years of full-time equivalent study. For Canadian degrees, we interpret this as the last 20 semester courses, however we do not split a semester and we will not consider any fewer than 16 courses.

Degree Requirements

Students enrol in one of two study options: 1) thesis, or 2) course work and major research paper.


Candidates for the thesis-based MSc degree must successfully complete a prescribed series of courses, conduct a research project, prepare a thesis based on their results and defend this in a final examination. The number of course credits required in this option will be decided by the student's advisory committee in consultation with the student, and may exceed the minimum 1.5 credits required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Generally, 4 or 5 courses (1.5-2.0 credits) will be taken, including the mandatory Seminar course, ANSC*6600 and ANSC*6610 (0.25 credits each).

Course Work and Major Research Paper (MRP)

Candidates for the MSc degree by course work and major paper option must complete a minimum of 4.0 credits (9 courses). Of these courses, one will be the departmental Seminar course, ANSC*6600 (0.25 credit), and another will be Major Paper in Animal and Poultry Science, ANSC*6900 (1.0 credit). The major paper will be a detailed, critical review of an area of study related to the specialization chosen by the student and should include analyses and interpretations of relevant data. The content of the major paper will be presented to the department in the Seminar course.

At the beginning of the program, the student and student's advisory committee will design the coursework program according to the program guidelines and the aspirations and background of the student. Students will normally choose a minimum of 4 courses in the area of specialization, and a minimum of two courses outside the area of specialization. These latter courses can be offered by departments other than Animal Biosciences.

A maximum of one approved senior-level undergraduate course can be included in the list of prescribed courses. Recommended graduate courses in the three areas of specialization are as follows:

Animal Breeding and Genetics

ANSC*6900 [1.00] Major Paper in Animal and Poultry Science
ANSC*6210 [0.50] Principles of Selection in Animal Breeding
ANSC*6370 [0.50] Quantitative Genetics and Animal Models
ANSC*6390 [0.50] QTL and Markers
ANSC*6450 [0.50] Topics in Animal Biotechnology

Animal Nutrition and Metabolism

ANSC*6900 [1.00] Major Paper in Animal and Poultry Science
ANSC*6010 [0.50] Topics in Comparative Animal Nutrition
ANSC*6020 [0.50] Poultry and Swine Nutrition
ANSC*6030 [0.50] Modelling Metabolic Processes
ANSC*6360 [0.50] Techniques in Animal Nutrition Research
ANSC*6450 [0.50] Topics in Animal Biotechnology
ANSC*6460 [0.50] Lactation Biology
ANSC*6470 [0.50] Advanced Animal Nutrition and Metabolism I
ANSC*6480 [0.50] Advanced Animal Nutrition and Metabolism II

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

ANSC*6900 [1.00] Major Paper in Animal and Poultry Science
ANSC*6440 [0.50] Advanced Critical Analysis in Applied Ethology
ANSC*6700 [0.50] Animals in Society: Historical and Global Perspectives on Animal Welfare
ANSC*6710 [0.50] Assessing Animal Welfare in Practice
ANSC*6720 [0.50] Scientific Assessment of Affective States in Animals
ANSC*6730 [0.50] Applied Environmental Physiology and Animal Housing
ANSC*6740 [0.50] Special Topics in Applied Animal Welfare Science
UNIV*6030 [0.50] Seminars and Analysis in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

The MSc by coursework and major paper degree will require a minimum of three semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent).

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