Updated Prerequisites Notice
Applicants must have no more than 3 science/math prerequisite courses remaining at submission of their application. Labs associated with a course are excluded. For example, if Microbiology lab is separate from the lecture course, the lab will not count as 1 prerequisite course for the purposes of this requirement.
Seminars, internships, clinical rotations, and research elective courses cannot be used to fulfill upper-level science prerequisites.
Beginning with the 2023-2024 application cycle, if an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years, the student must update their coursework by completing 12 semester hours of upper-level science courses by the time of submission of their application. Exceptions to waive the 5-year requirement may be made for applicants working in a clinical or research setting.
In light of many colleges and universities offering alternative grading options for the spring 2020 term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Admissions Office at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine will accept all satisfactory and passing grades for prerequisite classes taken only during the spring 2020 term. Following our normal protocol, any student making an unsatisfactory grade in a prerequisite class must successfully complete a retake of the class (with a grade of C- or higher, passing, or satisfactory) prior to submitting their application through VMCAS.
All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online here beginning in late January the year before you intend to enroll. The deadline for the submission of applications and all application materials is generally mid-September and will be stated on the VMCAS website. The deadline for the 2022-2023 application cycle is September 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
To be considered for admission, in addition to meeting all academic, testing, and deadline requirements, an applicant must be in good standing at his/her current university, as well as at all colleges or universities he/she has attended. A student who has been dismissed from another college/school veterinary medicine cannot be considered for admission to MSU CVM.
NOTE: The academic year at MSU CVM for first-year students begins around late June. In order for an applicant to be considered for admission, all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation to MSU CVM.
Transcripts must be submitted to VMCAS from all institutions attended by the stated VMCAS deadline. This includes any high school/college dual credit coursework or AP/IB credits. AP/IB credits must either appear on your official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework or your institution's Registrar's Office must provide us with an AP/IB Certification listing the AP/IB credit and the equivalent college-level course it fulfilled. If AP/IB credits are not listed on your official transcript, contact your institution's Registrar's Office to have an AP/IB Certification sent to email@example.com. Exempted credits or waived requirements from an undergraduate institution will not be accepted for fulfilling prerequisite coursework. Credit hours must be awarded.
Note: Mississippi State University recognizes the IB Program. Credit will be considered for the higher-level subject examinations with scores of 5, 6, or 7 pending approvals of the various colleges, schools, and major departments of the university.
Failure to submit all transcripts could result in an incomplete application. If coursework from one institution is listed as "transfer coursework" from another institution, the official transcript from the transfer institution must be sent to VMCAS as well.
Do not submit transcripts to MSU for the verification process. Transcripts sent directly to MSU CVM will not be evaluated as a part of your application. Late transcripts will not be accepted.
If you are taking courses during summer 2022, wait until summer grades are posted before sending transcripts to VMCAS. VMCAS will only verify your transcripts one time during the admissions cycle.
For information regarding the transcript verification process, click here.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) is not required for admission and will not be considered as part of the application process regardless if an applicant has submitted their score.
An applicant whose primary language is not English is required to submit either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required to be considered for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. The results of this test should be submitted using MSU's institutional code 1480.
Citizens of Puerto Rico are US Citizens and therefore do not need to send English language test results. Applicants that have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree within the US (prior to submission of their application) also do not have to send English language test results.
Supplemental Application Processing Fee
In addition to the VMCAS application, MSU CVM requires a non-refundable $60 supplemental processing fee to offset direct application expenses. Within 24 hours of selecting Mississippi State University in the VMCAS portal, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on creating a MSU account in order to pay your supplemental application fee and monitor your MSU DVM application. This application fee is a required portion of your application, and your application will not be reviewed until we have received payment. If you do not receive an email from us within 24 hours, please email and inform us of this at email@example.com.
A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required to be eligible for the MSU DVM program.
We require the prerequisites listed below for entry into our DVM program. Applicants must have no more than 3 science/math prerequisite courses remaining at submission of their application. Labs associated with a course are excluded. For example, if Microbiology lab is separate from the lecture course, the lab will not count as 1 prerequisite course for the purposes of this requirement. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to submitting an application may waive the following prerequisites: Communications, Writing, and Humanities/Social-Behavioral Science/Fine Arts.
If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years, the student must update their coursework by completing 12 semester hours of upper-level science courses by the spring semester of the anticipated year of enrollment. Exceptions may be made for applicants working in a clinical or research setting.
Note: Beginning with the 2023-2024 application cycle, if an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years, the student must update their coursework by completing 12 semester hours of upper-level science courses by the time of submission of their application.
The same course cannot be used to satisfy two prerequisite requirements. Upper-level science elective courses refer to junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses that are typically numbered 300/3000, 4000, or higher.
Prerequisite courses in which a grade lower than a C- was earned must be repeated (not in progress) before the application is submitted. In addition, a grade lower than a C- cannot be made in a prerequisite course during the application cycle.
Applicants with questions regarding the course(s) taken or offered at their undergraduate institution that satisfy the prerequisites should complete the prerequisite substitution/ fulfillment form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This form should also be used for repeated courses that are not titled the same as the repeated course.
Oral Communications - 3 semester hours
Public Speaking or Introduction to Communications
Writing - 3 semester hours
English Composition or Composition and Rhetoric
Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts - 15 semester hours
Any combination of courses in the below categories such as:
- FLS 1113 Spanish I
- HI 1063 Early US History
- PHI 1103 Introduction to Philosophy
- REL 3213 World Religions I
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- AN 1103 Introduction to Anthropology
- EC 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics
- PSY 1013 General Psychology
- SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology
- Fine Arts
- ARC 1013 Architectural Appreciation
- ART 1023 Art History II
- PSS 2343 Floral Design
- MU 1103 African American Music
A list of what MSU considers Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts can be found here.
Math - 6 semester hours
College algebra or higher. Intermediate algebra is not accepted.
Courses outside of a mathematics department may be used to fulfill this requirement if the institution in which the course was taken states the course can be used to fulfil a math requirement.
Biology I and Biology II - 8 semester hours*
Biological science introductory courses with labs for pre-professional science majors. *Students on the quarter system are required to complete a 3-quarter sequence in biology.
Microbiology - 4 semester hours
Microbiology course with lab for science majors.
Chemistry I and Chemistry II - 8 semester hours*
General chemistry courses with labs for pre-professional science majors. *Students on the quarter system are required to complete a 3-quarter sequence in chemistry.
- CH 1213 Chemistry I
- CH 1211 Investigations in Chemistry I
- CH 1223 Chemistry II
- CH 1221 Investigations in Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II - 8 semester hours*
Organic chemistry courses with labs for pre-professional science majors. *Students on the quarter system are required to complete a 3-quarter sequence in organic chemistry.
- CH 4513 Organic Chemistry I
- CH 4511 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
- CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II
- CH 4521 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biochemistry - 3 semester hours
Biochemistry courses taken at the junior or senior level (3000 or 4000).
Physics I and Physics II - 6 semester hours
Physics courses may be trigonometry-based or calculus-based. Labs are not required.
Upper Level Science/Math - 12 semester hours
Upper-level science elective courses refer to junior-, senior-, and/or graduate-level courses. Clinical rotations, internships, seminars, and research elective courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- ADS 3014 Anatomy and Physiology
- ADS 4114 Animal Nutrition
- ADS 4613 Physiology of Reproduction
- ADS 4213 Feeds and Feeding
- BCH 4613 General Biochemistry II
- BCH 4713 Molecular Biology
- BIO 3103 Genetics I
- BIO 3303 Parasitology
- BIO 3504 Comparative Anatomy
- BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
- BIO 4413 Immunology
- BIO 4424 Eukaryotic Microbiology
- BIO 4503 Vertebrate Histology
- BIO 4504 Comparative Vertebrate Embryology
- CH 4303 Environmental Chemistry I
- CH 4413 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
- MA 3253 Differential Equations I
- MA 4633 Advanced Calculus I
- PO 4033 Diseases of Poultry
- PO 4324 Avian Reproduction
- ST 4543 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
- WFA 4173 Fish Physiology
- WFA 4623 Wildlife Diseases
Students on the Quarter System
Students on the quarter system are required to complete a 3-quarter sequence in biology, chemistry and organic chemistry.
The MSU CVM Admissions Committee considers non-academic qualities in the initial review of applications to select candidates for interviews. The committee seeks to admit students who will succeed not only in the classroom, but also in clinical and research settings, and ultimately, in the profession. Though letters of recommendation and veterinary experience are both required components of the MSU CVM admissions process, the other experiences listed below are highly encouraged as they are still evaluated by the admissions committee.
Letters of Recommendation
Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLORs) are required as a part of the admissions process. The VMCAS application allows each applicant to submit the names and email addresses of evaluators. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian. One of the three evaluators must be a veterinarian who is listed in one of your experience categories (i.e., shadowing, working, classroom, or laboratory). Family members cannot be used as evaluators.
We recommend registering your evaluators as soon as possible to allow them an ample amount of time to complete your eLOR. Evaluators are strongly encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation that is reflective of the required rubric evaluation completed on behalf of the applicant. Supplying detailed information related to the rubric characteristics is highly beneficial.
The admissions committee reserves the right to read other recommendations beyond the three required, if so needed. eLORS must be submitted electronically to VMCAS (not MSU CVM) by September 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No recommendations will be accepted after this deadline.
Hint: When selecting evaluators, be sure to choose individuals who know you well enough to elaborate on your experience, motivation and dedication. Then follow up with them to be sure they have correctly submitted the materials to VMCAS prior to the deadline.
It is important to track and log any animal experience you gain throughout your high school and undergraduate career. Animal experience comes from a variety of sources but must include the care for animals or the husbandry of animals. Companion animal ownership can be used in this area only under special circumstances such as management of diseases or injuries requiring medications or rehabilitation under the guidance of a veterinarian. The admissions committee highly recommends applicants gain animal experience as it is part of the admissions evaluation process.
Experience under the supervision of a veterinarian is a vital requirement of the MSU CVM application. Applicants should track and log all experiences gained, whether the hours are paid, volunteer or shadowing. The Admissions Committee stresses the importance of gaining quality veterinary experience hours that reflect the vast array of career opportunities available to you as a veterinarian. Applicants should be active participants in these hours. This is often seen through hands-on interaction but can also be accomplished through quality knowledge of experiences where hands-on learning was not possible. Veterinary experience is a required component of the admissions evaluation process. Though the admissions committee does not have a set quantity of veterinary hours of experience, applicants are encouraged to gain quality hours of experience which they can descriptively demonstrate within their application.
Participating in research can lead applicants to discover specialty areas within veterinary medicine; providing a broader understanding of the profession. Research experience provides students with problem-solving skills that are essential in the veterinary field. It is important to explain your research which can be clinical, field, or lab-based research experience, including whether the experience provided an opportunity to present or publish your findings. The admissions committee highly recommends applicants gain research experience as it is a part of the admissions evaluation process.
Veterinarians are expected to be leaders in and contributors to their communities. Students aspiring to become veterinarians should start early in their high school and college careers building a record of service, leadership and involvement through student clubs, civic organizations and outreach projects. Students may also demonstrate positive characteristics and attributes by gaining work experience and research experience, even if it is not related to animals or the veterinary profession. The admissions committee highly recommends applicants gain these types of experiences as it is a part of the admissions evaluation process.
The one-page essay should provide the Admissions Committee with a clear picture of the applicant’s reasons for choosing a career in veterinary medicine and the reasons the applicant is a good candidate for veterinary school. It is important to include details that will differentiate one applicant from another while avoiding repeating information that is included in other parts of the application. The essay should convey the applicant’s passion for veterinary medicine and incorporate information that demonstrates character, ideals and aspirations through a conversational tone. Essays should be original, thoughtful and well written.
Please contact the Office of Student Admissions by phone at 662-325-4401 or email at email@example.com.
The following information is subject to change at the discretion of the CVM Admissions Committee: Entrance Requirements, Selection of the Class, and Timeline.