The Texas A&M University Poultry Science Department has over a 100-year history and is the largest of six Poultry Science Departments by twofold. The department offers Master of Agriculture, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with generous assistantships to help defray costs of graduate education. The Department of Poultry Science is recognized nationally and internationally as the preeminent university location to conduct poultry research. The collective expertise of faculty includes the areas of nutrition, intestinal physiology and microbiota in health maintenance as well as disease, reproduction, genetics, poultry welfare, immunology, food safety, and management of birds and their waste. Our comprehensive intellectual resources support integrated investigations into complex interactions among nutrition, production, disease and sustainability in poultry.
Master of Science Poultry Science
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Poultry Science offers a thesis option degree where an individual with a BS may develop a better understanding of poultry science through coursework, student teaching, research and scientific writing. These students are closely mentored by a faculty member and work within their laboratory.
Master of Agriculture Poultry Science
The Master of Agriculture (M.Agr.) degree is a distance education program designed for a student who wants professional graduate training with a management orientation in agriculture, food and natural resources. It is intended to emphasize the problem solving skills involved in the use of science and technology to benefit humanity, not as a research degree.
Doctor of Philosophy in Poultry Science
The Doctor of Philosophy is a thesis option research degree, which requires 96 hours with a BS, or 64 hours with a MS degree. The PhD is the terminal Poultry Science degree with a focus on conducting independent research. The degree holder will become the preeminent expert in a focused area of study.
Graduate Funding Opportunities
A number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities are available to graduate students. Most competitive funding opportunities provide a nonresident tuition waiver. Check with the department graduate office and the Graduate & Professional School at Texas A&M University for details. Students holding fellowships should check the current graduate catalog to determine registration requirements. Students holding graduate assistantships or fellowships should verify registration requirements with the Department of Poultry Science Graduate Office.