Prospective Graduate Students

Department Description

The Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences is a dynamic organization of approximately 35 full-time faculty, 50 staff, 60 graduate students, and 18 postdoctoral fellows. The main theme of the departmental teaching and research activity is bridging structural and functional relationships of life processes at levels ranging from those of the molecule and cell through those of the organism and population. We teach undergraduate and graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences program, and veterinary students. There are six focus areas for Graduate Programs within the department:

  • 1. Environmental Health/Toxicology/Food Safety
  • 2. Epidemiology
  • 3. Genomics
  • 4. Neuroscience
  • 5. Reproductive Biology
  • 6. Science and Technology Journalism

In each of these areas, the expertise of several disciplines is brought to bear on complex problems of societal importance, maximizing the potential for interdisciplinary synergy. Many of the faculty are members of university-wide interdisciplinary programs that mirror the major research foci of department. The department has recently added a master’s degree program in science and technology journalism to promote communication with the public and within the scientific community. There are also two faculty members with interests in immunology.

Within the VIBS there are additionally four excellent service laboratories: Histology, Trace Elements Research Laboratory, Molecular Cytogenetics and Laboratory Animal Genetics Lab. In addition, VIBS contributes to College-level laboratories such as the Image Analysis Laboratory, which serve the research and clinical communities within and beyond the university.

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Degree Programs: Departmental graduate programs educate students with the objective of advancing biomedical science through original research and to disseminate that knowledge for the protection and promotion of animal and human health. The department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Sciences (with major specialty areas of cell/molecular biology, developmental biology/embryology, genetics, epidemiology, reproductive biology, and neuroscience). The M.S. degree is awarded in Epidemiology and in Veterinary Public Health (with a major specialty area of food safety/toxicology). The department also offers the M.S. degree in science and technology journalism.

General Application Information

To be considered for acceptance into the VIBS graduate program, the student should submit a complete application. This includes the application, English translations of degree statements and transcripts with official signatures from all secondary institutions attended per requirements posted on the websites, official GRE and TOEFL scores, a resume, and at least 3 recommendations. Generally these documents along with the application form are submitted through the TAMU Admissions Office, and when the application is complete, it is forwarded to our department for review. Once received in VIBS, the application is reviewed by the potential advisor and by our VIBS Faculty Graduate Committee to determine if the student meets criteria for acceptance. You should be aware that it is the advisor’s responsibility to provide the funds for the graduate assistantship stipend as well as the funds for the research expenses involved until the time that the degree is awarded. Competitive stipends are available in teaching and research for highly qualified students. Informal contact can be made to the VIBS departmental advisor (listed below) or directly with any of the VIBS faculty whose research interests are shown in below.

For further details please contact:

Texas A&M University
Office of Admissions and Records
College Station
Texas 77843-0100

PO Box 40001 College Station, Texas 77842-4001

Electronic Application

You should submit an application electronically (Texas Commons Application). The Texas Commons application is available at both the TAMU Office of Admissions and the TAMU Office of Graduate Studies websites.

This address, of the TAMU Admissions website, gives links to the application and the most detailed information on the process and requirements for international applicants as well as deadlines for the intended semester.

The TAMU Office of Graduate Studies website at provides a link for prospective students that also provides information on applying to TAMU and the application form as well.

VIBS Admissions Requirements

Competitive students will have the following:

  • GPR – 3.0 or better
  • GRE – 1100 or better (Test should be taken within 5 years of application and verbal score must be at least 400)
  • TAMU TOEFL Requirements – (Scores are valid for 2 years):
    • IBT – 80 or better
    • PBT – 550 or better
    • CBT – 213 or better

Deadlines for Domestic Students

Completed applications should be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records by the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester – June 1st
  • Spring semester – October 1st
  • Summer semester – March 1st

International Students

The application should be completed and submitted online to ensure that it is received for processing in the TAMU Admissions Office by the international deadline.

A pamphlet entitled “Information for Prospective International Students” is available from the Office of Admission and Records. An application fee of $75 is required. If the student is successfully admitted then the Department of VIBS reviews the application to determine acceptance into the VIBS graduate program.

TAMU International Student Services (ISS) has the responsibility of seeing that the international student has proper student visa and immigration documents and oversees the processing required to obtain these documents. The ISS website is: .

For further details please contact:

Texas A&M University
Office of Admissions and Records
College Station
Texas 77843-0100

PO Box 40002 College Station, Texas 77842-4002

Current VIBS Graduate Advisors

Faculty Advisor

C. Jane Welsh, Ph.D.

Department of Veterinary Integrative Bioscience
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station TX 77843-4458
Phone (979) 862-4974
FAX (979) 847-8981

Staff Advisor

Dana Parks

Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station TX 77843-4458
Phone (979) 845-3268
FAX (979) 847-8981

Epidemiology/Public Health

If you are interested in the Epidemiology/Public Health aspects of our program, please see:

M.S. in Science and Technology Journalism

The master’s degree program in science and technology journalism at Texas A&M University prepares students for careers as writers and editors in science, technology, and medicine. Open to candidates with scientific or other backgrounds, it includes course work in both science journalism and science. Students choose between an internship track and a thesis track. For information, please contact the program coordinator, Barbara Gastel, MD., or visit the program’s homepage:

Non-Thesis MS

The non-thesis M.S. is a new program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Please write MS NTO (non-thesis option) on your application form. This program should take approximately 18 months to complete and will focus mainly on course work. There are no student stipends for this degree program. Contact Mr. David Kessler for further details (email).

VIBS Faculty Research Interests

VIBS Faculty Research Interests Coming Soon!

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