University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of ACES
ACES Animal Sciences
Give to Animal Sciences

Master of Animal Sciences Degree Non-Thesis

Animal Sciences' students working in a lab

Further your education and achieve your career goals with a Non-Thesis Master of Animal Sciences Degree (MANSC). The MANSC program prepares you for careers in the private industry, government, or professional or doctoral degrees. 

The MANSC degree can be completed in as little as two semesters and includes courses and seminars in a wide range of animal sciences disciplines. The degree is flexible and self-paced, allowing students to participate on a full or part-time basis. 

Graduates from this program have a competitive edge in the job market and secure higher-level jobs and increased salaries because of their advanced knowledge, experience, and skillset. Other graduates strengthen their application to veterinary medicine and different professional degrees.

Areas of Specialization

Our nationally-ranked graduate programs provide you with multidisciplinary training and hands-on research experience in basic and applied animal, biomedical, and bioenergy sciences. Together with your faculty mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your experience and independent research project to one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
  • Immunophysiology and Behavior
  • Meat Science and Muscle Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Production and Environmental Management
  • Reproductive Biology

How to Apply

If you have questions about the application process please email To learn more about the application process or to apply, visit the Graduate College Website.

Degree Requirements

To view the full list of degree requirements, please visit page 12 of the Animal Sciences Graduate Programs Handbook.


Current base graduate tuition rates are on the Office of the Registrar Website.


Animal Sciences Graduate Programs
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