Master of Animal Science

shutterstock_89889214The Department of Animal Science offers the first and only Distance Education Master of Animal Science (DEMAS) degree program in the United States. Designed to give students a deeper academic background in the sub-disciplines associated with the field of Animal Science, areas of study featured in the program include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management. The non-thesis program requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. All of the required courses and many of the electives are available online, allowing students to earn their degrees at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Students can emphasize specific disciplinary areas of interest such as nutrition, genetics, and physiology, or concentrate their study on a particular farm species. As a result, students graduating with a DEMAS degree are well suited for a variety of positions. Many graduates pursue traditional fields of employment, such as feed manufacturing, animal breeding, meat packing, pharmaceuticals, education, extension services, and private consulting. Others use their degree as a gateway to an unlimited number of possibilities by combining their knowledge of animals and science with technological knowledge in other fields of endeavor. The advanced coursework offered via the DEMAS program challenges students beyond their undergraduate degree and prepares them for careers that require higher level thinking and problem solving in scientific areas.

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Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Animal Science or a related field, with a competitive GPA (3.0 or higher). Prerequisites include a background or coursework in physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and genetics. Factors considered in the evaluation of applications for full admission include, but are not limited to:

  • Grade point average
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Additional information that reflects the potential of the applicant for academic excellence

International students: Your TOEFL score must be a minimum of 80 with a score of 18 in each category with no appeals. Click here to view the NC State University policy regarding TOEFL scores.

A student has six (6) years to complete the master’s program starting with the first course that is to be counted toward the degree. Students may be part-time or full-time. Unlike the on-campus MAS program, the DEMAS program does not require the student to spend any time in residence on campus at NC State University; the program may be completed via online classes only.

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Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid adviser in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Online and Distance Education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web site, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

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Curriculum (36 hours)

The Master of Animal Science by Online and Distance Education program has the same requirements as the traditional on-campus MAS program. The difference is that the majority – if not all – of your courses will be taken online through distance education. With the help of a Graduate Mentor (advisor), students will create a Plan of Work. The Plan of Work, once approved, becomes the student’s official requirements for graduation. Students are expected to meet with their graduate mentor at least once per semester.

Below are the courses required for the degree program; courses not offered via distance education are in italics. Currently, not all courses are available by distance education; therefore, you may be limited in your course selection choices if you will be completing your degree entirely online. To learn more about each course, click the course number to be taken to a course description.

Course Requirements (36 hours)

Core Courses (19 credits)

  • ST 511 – Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences
  • Choose one Graduate Seminar:
    • ANS 601 – Animal Science Seminar
    • ANS 603 – Reproductive Physiology
    • ANS 604 – Animal Breeding and Genetics
    • NTR 601 – Nutrition
  • Choose one Biochemistry, Education, Economics, or Business Core Course:
    • AEE 521 – Program Planning in Agricultural Extension Education
    • AEE 523 – Adult Education in Agriculture
    • AEE 526 – Information Technologies in Agricultural Extension Education
    • BCH 553 – Biochemistry of Gene Expression
    • ANS/BCH 571 – Nutritional Biochemistry
    • BUS 590B – Management Foundations
    • MBA 554 – Project Management
    • ECG 505 – Applied Microeconomic Analysis
    • ECG 507 – Economics for Managers
  • Choose one Animal Science Genetics Core Course:
    • ANS 540 – Animal Genetic Improvement
    • ANS 575 – Current Topics in Genomics and Proteomics
  • Choose one Animal Science Nutrition Core Course:
    • ANS 550 – Applied Ruminant Nutrition
    • NTR 500 – Principles of Human Nutrition
    • ANS 571 – Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Choose one Animal Science Physiology Core Course:
    • ANS 530 – Advanced Applied Reproductive Physiology
    • ANS 552 – Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Choose at least one other course from Departmental Electives:
    • ANS 530 – Advanced Applied Reproductive Physiology
    • ANS 550 – Applied Ruminant Nutrition
    • ANS 552 – Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology
    • ANS 553 – Growth and Development of Domestic Animals
    • ANS 554 – Lactation, Milk and Nutrition
    • ANS 571 – Nutritional Biochemistry
    • <ANS 575 – Current Topics in Genomics and Proteomics
    • ANS 701 – Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism
    • ANS 702 – Reproductive Physiology of Mammals
    • ANS 706 – Vitamin Metabolism
    • ANS 708 – Genetics of Animal Improvement
    • ANS 709 – Energy Metabolism
    • ANS 713 – Quantitative Genetics and Breeding
    • ANS 764 – Advances in Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
    • ANS 775 – Mineral Metabolism
    • ANS 780 – Mammalian Endocrinology
    • ANS 785 – Digestion and Metabolism in Ruminants
    • ANS 7XX – Linear Models in Biology and Agriculture
    • ANS 561 – Equine Nutrition
    • ANS 5XX – Advanced Swine Reproductive Management
Elective Courses (17+ credits)
Electives can be selected from related departments (Physiology, Nutrition, Zoology, etc.). Up to 6 hours of 400-level courses from outside ANS (and not cross-listed with ANS) may also be taken as electives.View the full list of approved elective courses. Please note that this list includes courses that may not currently be offered via Online and Distance Education. To determine which courses will be offered online in coming semesters, visit the Online and Distance Education course listings or view the DEMAS Graduate Course Schedule.Some currently available online and distance education elective courses include:

  • AEE 500 – Agricultural Education, Schools and Society
  • AEE 501 – Foundations of Agricultural and Extension Education
  • AEE 503 – Youth Program Management
  • AEE 522 – Occupational Experience in Agriculture
  • AEE 526 – Information Technologies in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • AEE 535 – Teaching Agriculture in Secondary Schools
  • AEE 577 – Evaluation in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • FM 580 – Feed and Ingredient Quality Assurance
  • NTR 500 – Principles of Human Nutrition
  • NTR 501 – Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism
  • NTR/PO 515 – Advanced Comparative Nutrition
  • NTR 525 – Advanced Feed Science and Technology
  • NTR 555 – Exercise Metabolism
  • NTR 706 – Vitamin Metabolism
  • TOX 501 – Principles of Toxicology

Additional Requirements:

  • No more than two (2) credit hours of seminar are to be included in the 36 credit hour total.
  • At least nine (9) credits must be from Animal Science courses at the 500 level or above.
  • No more than three (3) hours of independent study credits for ANS 610 (Topical Problems in Animal Science) are to be included in the 36 credit hour total.
  • Research credit is not permitted except upon approval by an Associate Dean of the Graduate School, in cases where the student was initially enrolled in a thesis program but later transferred to this (non-thesis) program.
  • 400-level ANS courses are not permitted in a student’s graduate Plan of Work.
  • No more than six (6) hours of 400-level courses from outside departments may be counted toward the 36 credit hour requirement.
  • ANS 688 (Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration), ANS 689 (Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration), and ANS 690 (Non-thesis Masters Examination) credits may not be used to satisfy the 36 credit hour requirement.
  • No more than three (3) credit hours of Masters Supervised Teaching (ANS 685) may be included in the minimum 36 credit hour program.
  • Students are required to complete an annual graduate student progress report.

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Dr. Shannon Pratt Phillips

Associate Professor
Department of Animal Science
Polk Hall 259, Campus Box 7621
NC State University Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: (919) 513-1117
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