MS in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (thesis and non-thesis programs available)

  • ** 30 credits required for either program format
  • ** Thesis programs should contain a minimum of 16 research credits applied to the POS
  • Course content will vary as POS programs are unique to each student. Core courses in immunology, disease pathogenesis, and/or statistics are relevant didactic course considerations.

A list of courses relevant to the VCS major


VCS 590

Special Topics

1-3 credits

VCS 599

Creative Component (non-thesis program)

variable credits

VCS 604


1 credit/semester (required)

VCS 676

Advanced Medicine

2 credits

VCS 699


variable credits

Micro 551

Microbial diversity and phylogeny

1 credit

Micro 556

Microbial ecology and environmental monitoring

1 credit

Micro 554


1 credit

VMPM 525

Intestinal microbiology

3 credits

BMS 575

Cell Biology

3 credits

Stat 571

Introduction to Experimental Design

3 credits

Stat 546

Nonparametric Methods in Statistics

3 credits

Stat 575

Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis

3 credits



VMPM 520

Principles of Immunology

3 credits

VMPM 575


3 credits




Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health Medicine

3 credits


Applied Statistical Methods in Population Studies

3 credits


Epidemiological Methods in Population Research

3 credits

Graduate Credits Required

Master of Science with Thesis

At least 30 credits of acceptable graduate work must be completed. At least 22 graduate credits must be earned at ISU.  Any transfer of credits from another institution must be recommended in the Program of Study by the POS Committee. Graduate credit is approved for transfer only if a grade of "B" or better has been earned. Master of Science programs in VCS with Thesis are strongly recommended.

Master of Science without Thesis

A Master of Science without Thesis is offered by VCS, with approval of the POS committee and the VCS DOGE. This requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of acceptable work including a creative component of at least 5 credits. Examples of appropriate creative components include extensive literature reviews, clinical and laboratory research projects, and instructional modules for teaching or training purposes.