Graduate Studies in Poultry Science

Why Poultry Science?

ChicksContinual growth in the poultry industry increases the need for technical knowledge in the various fields of science needed for a successful poultry business. In no field of agriculture is an understanding of the fundamental and applied sciences more marketable or more rewarding than in the modern intensive production of poultry meat and eggs. Because the bird is the basis for the department’s graduate program, additional areas of interest include exotic and wildlife species as well as cellular and molecular studies using avian models. A major objective of the department is to offer training for work in research, teaching, extension, or industrial operations. We also strive to bridge the gap in both directions between courses in fundamental biochemistry, genetics, physiology, and economics and their practical application to the production of poultry and the care of all avian species. The department offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Agriculture, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees including an online degree. In addition to a major in poultry science, students may pursue majors through many intercollegiate faculties including nutrition, food science and technology, and genetics. Faculty expertise exists for study in genetics, reproduction, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, environment, management, microbiology, processing, and marketing for all commercially important species. The faculty are also actively involved in many of these disciplines for other avian species and in the pursuit of basic cellular and molecular knowledge.

Admission to Graduate Studies

A formal application is required from a person seeking admission to graduate studies in Poultry Science. The application found at can be used to apply to Texas A&M University.  An application fee of $50 for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents or $75 for international applicants is required to process an application for admission. Application fees are non-refundable.

The overall admission criteria for the University are based on the entire record of the applicant and the availability of departmental resources. The items considered include:

  • Holding an accredited baccalaureate degree from a college, institution, or university of recognized standing, or its equivalent guarantees consideration for admission
  • Transcripts
  • GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Professional and/or academic experience
  • Ability to pursue advanced study and research satisfactorily
  • Adequate preparation to enter graduate school in the specific discipline or field of study
  • Statement of Purpose Essay

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions website for more information:

For more information, please contact POSC Graduate Advisor: Carissa Beamon: 

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Master of Science Curriculum
Total of 32 Hours
(For all students with POSC as a home department)

Subject Credits Courses
Statistics 3 STAT 651
3 BICH 606
3 credits selected from POSC 609, FSTC/ANSC 607, or NUTR 641
Poultry Science 6 600 + Level
(excludes 681, 684, 685, 691, or other courses cross-listed with these)
Other courses of interest 12
Research 7 POSC 691 or FSTC 691 or NUTR 691
Seminar 1 POSC 681

 Doctor of Philosophy Curriculum
Total of 96 Hours – Equivalent courses used at another university for an
M.S. degree may be substituted for some required courses.
(For all students with POSC as a home department)

Subject Credits Courses
Statistics 6 STAT 651, STAT 652
Biochemistry 6 Any combination of 2 courses with approval from your
advisory committee: BICH 606, FSTC/ANSC 607, ANSC 619, NUTR 641, NUTR 642
Physiology 3 Selected from POSC 609 or FSTC/ANSC 607
Poultry Science 9 600 + Level
(excludes 681, 684, 685, 691, or other courses cross-listed with these)
Other courses of interest Variable
Research Variable POSC 691 or FSTC 691 or NUTR 691
Seminar 2 POSC 681 (excludes 1 credit taken for Master of Science)

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