The Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) graduate program is comprised of customizable MS and PhD programs that emphasize interdisciplinary research and translation science. Graduate program are available for both post-baccalaureate and post-DVM students. Our programs are designed to prepare to students to make meaningful contributions to modern biomedical science and medicine.
In the Comparative Biomedical Science Graduate Programs (CBS) students will work with faculty and program administrators to tailor a program of study specific to their needs, interests and goals. This flexibility encourages innovation and collaboration across disciplines and results in graduates with uniquely marketable skill sets.
Students can pursue their degrees with an area of emphasis in any of the seven academic departments at the College of Veterinary Medicine; Infectious Diseases, Physiology & Pharmacology, Population Health, Large Animal Medicine, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology.
The master of science degree program in Comparative Biomedical Sciences is designed to emphasize interdisciplinary approaches in biomedical research.
Graduates of this program will understand the basic scientific principles related to veterinary and biomedical sciences that can include: physiology, toxicology, pharmacology, pathology, immunology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, epidemiology, anatomy, and behavior.
The MS program is generally completed in two to three years.
This is a interdepartmental MS program administered through the Office of the Dean by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. The program is available to all qualified students holding professional degrees as well as to students who have acquired a baccalaureate degree.
We also offer a non-thesis MS program, which is a one to two-year program geared towards preparing post-baccalaureate students for professional school (DVM, MD, DDS) or careers that involve science but are not bench or field research-based (science communication, science education, etc.).
Read our CBS FAQ (see tab at top of this page) for answers to common questions.
Q: How do I apply to the program?
A: A completed application consists of a supplemental application form, statement of interest, résumé or CV, all official college transcripts, GRE scores and 3 letters of recommendation. All materials except supplemental application must be submitted through the online application process at the Graduate School’s website.
Visit the Graduate School website for additional admissions information. YOU MUST APPLY TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE. Submit supplemental application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants may also be required to submit additional documentation such as TOEFL or IELTS scores. See the Graduate School's website for a list of supplemental information required for admission.
*Please note that you will not be accepted unless you have identified a major professor who is willing to mentor you (see Question 8), or you have received a recruitment assistantship.
Q: What should I include in my statement of purpose?
A: No two statements are alike. Faculty are most interested with your academic and research background, interest in pursuing the degree, research interests, and professional plans. You should also state whether you will need financial assistance in order to pursue the degree. We suggest no more than 3 pages double-spaced. Most applicants are able to express themselves in two double-spaced pages. If more is needed, that is acceptable.
Q: What kind of recommendations should I get?
A: Request at least three letters of recommendation in support of your application for admission. List the names of recommenders in the fields on page three of the Graduate School application along with their e-mail addresses. They will receive a link to access a secure page, where they can submit your recommendation quickly and easily via the Web.
You should get letters from professors who have taught you and know you well. Their letters should describe your academic work in detail, so that the Graduate Committee can be assured that you can complete a rigorous graduate program. If you have done undergraduate research, the committee will expect a letter from the professor who supervised that work. Letters from work supervisors may be of value to document your work ethic.
Q: Is there a deadline for applying?
A: Applications can be submitted at any time. However, deadlines exist if you want to be considered for financial aid, or if you want to start graduate school at a specific time. See the Graduate School's website for deadlines that apply. PLEASE NOTE THAT INTERNATIONAL DEADLINES ARE MUCH EARLIER THAN DOMESTIC DEADLINES.
Q: Are there minimum requirements for the GPA or GRE?
A: We actively seek students who have a GPA of 3.5 or more with competitive GRE scores (>300 total).
Q: How is financial aid awarded?
A: Financial Aid is available from two sources: Graduate School assistantships (although most are for PhD students) and assistantships funded by researchers. You must apply for all Graduate School assistantships through our office. Do not contact the Graduate School about financial support — students who receive support from the Graduate School must be nominated by the Graduate Coordinator. To be considered for a Graduate School assistantship, application materials must be submitted by January 15, and the applicant must matriculate in the following fall semester.
For Graduate School assistantships, the CVM Graduate Affairs committee will evaluate the applicants and assign scores to those who apply for financial support. Those whose applications are complete by Janaury 15 will be considered for assistantships funded by the Graduate School. Please note that these assistantships are extremely competitive. Students not receiving support from the Graduate School may be eligible for a limited number of research assistantships provided by faculty members with funded research projects.
Q: What if I do not receive financial aid?
A: There are a limited number of assistantships available, and you may be accepted in to the program without receiving financial aid. If so, you will be responsible for the cost of tuition and your room and board.
Q: How do I find a major professor?
A: Each professor's research interest can be found on their respective department's website, which are linked to from the "About Us" drop-down in the menu at the top of this page. If you want more information about their published research, do a search on PubMed using their last name and initials (example: Sakamoto K). You can click on each publication to verify whether the research was done at UGA.
Q: What if I just want to enroll in graduate level courses without obtaining a degree?
A: Applicants who do not intend to pursue a degree, but who wish to take courses for professional advancement, licensure, or certification purposes, and who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution, should apply for nondegree status.
Nondegree applicants must submit the following to the Office of Research and Graduate Affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to the Graduate School's requirements.
You do not need to find a major professor, and there is no financial aid available for non-degree students.
What is the difference between the Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and master of science programs in the individual departments?
A: This program is now the only master of science program offered in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences emphasizes interdisciplinary research that integrates multiple disciplines and approaches. Any faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, who is also a member of the Graduate Faculty, can mentor students in this program.
Q: What is the difference between the Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Master of Avian Medicine or Master of Food Animal Medicine?
A: Admission to the Master of Avian Health and Medicine or Master of Food Animal Medicine requires a DVM degree. These programs are focused on clinical aspects of avian or food animal medicine. The Master of Avian Health and Medicine is also an online program only. The Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences is a research-based training program that is available to students with a BS or BA degree; a DVM is not required.
Q: What is holding up my application? Why have I not heard back yet?
A: The Graduate Coordinator will periodically post comments on the online tracking site with an update on the status of their applications. If you have not received any notification, you may e-mail the Graduate Coordinator. However, applications can be stalled if one of the letters of reference, transcripts, or personal statement has not been received. Applications may also be delayed in the Department evaluation.
Q: What is the difference between the Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and the non-thesis Master of Science?
A:The Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences is a research-based degree and requires a research project and thesis. The non-thesis Master of Science focuses more on coursework and a research project is optional but not required. Instead, non-thesis students submit a written report investigating their area of interest and present this work in an oral presentation. The non-thesis program is ideal for pre-professional students (DVM, MD, DDS) or students who are interested in entering scientific but not bench or field research-based careers, such as science education or science communication.
The PhD degree program in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (PhD-CBS) emphasizes interdepartmental approaches to train students in translational research. Graduates of this program will learn to integrate foundational basic sciences with clinical research to translate the latest discoveries for their application from the bench to the field or to clinical improvements in animal and human health. The program is designed to expand and broaden the scope of biomedical training and research by including graduate faculty and resources of the College's clinical departments with those in the basic sciences.
This is a multi-departmental PhD program administered through the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. The program is available to all qualified students holding professional medical degrees, as well as to post-baccalaureate students with a strong biological background.
Programs of study are available in emphasis areas, which include, but are not limited to the following academic departments: