• Course Delivery
    100% Online
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  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

A master's degree in biomedical sciences from MU can help you further your existing career in veterinary medicine. If you are a veterinarian or veterinary technician and aspire to be a supervisor in a hospital or research laboratory or to teach at a vet tech training school, this may be the degree for you.

This program has potential benefits for careers in:

  • Academic research
  • Animal feed companies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Veterinary medical industry
  • Veterinary journalism

Program structure and topics

The online masters in biomedical sciences is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Classes are semester based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish the program in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Chemistry
  • Cytology
  • Emergency and clinical care
  • Nutrition
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Zoonotic diseases

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Qualified Candidates must be either veterinarians (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine) or Veterinary Technologists (Graduates of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician/technologist program with a baccalaureate degree).
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  4. Minimum GRE scores of 291 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 4.0 (analytical writing). You may strengthen your application by taking the appropriate advanced portion of the GRE.
  5. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  6. Personal statement addressed to the graduate director stating why you want to pursue graduate study in biomedical sciences at MU, your research experience and interest area (list any publications or presentations at national meetings), and your career goals.
  7. Résumé or CV.
  8. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people (e.g., professors) who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least eight weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

May 15
November 15
April 1


  • BIOMED 8900Small Animal Wound Management & Reconstructive Surgery2 Credits
  • BIOMED 8700Principles of Veterinary Pain Management2 Credits
  • BIOMED 8710Essentials of Radiation Biology2 Credits
  • BIOMED 8310Advanced Topics in Stress Physiology3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8029Emergency & Critical Care Journal Review1 Credit

  • V_BSCI 7333Veterinary Cell Biology3 Credits
  • V_M_S 7320Fundamentals of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care3 Credits
  • V_M_S 7510Equine Clinical Anatomy: Forelimbs3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8023Internal Medicine Journal Review3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8040Advanced Small Animal Clinical Nutrition3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8090Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8401Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Surgical Pain Management3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8402Seminar in Veterinary Clinical Sciences3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8450Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 3 Credits
  • V_M_S 8485Problems in Veterinary Clinical Sciences3 Credits
  • V_PBIO 7110Veterinary Cytology3 Credits
  • V_PBIO 7120Principles of Toxicology3 Credits
  • V_PBIO 7210Animal Issues in Disasters3 Credits
  • V_PBIO 8436Pathogenic Mechanisms in Veterinary Pathobiology3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $536.00
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $550.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1608.00
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1650.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $536.00
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $550.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1608.00
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1650.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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