Mississippi State University  

Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State MS 39762
Telephone: (662) 325-9065 or 325-4161
Website: www.cvm.msstate.edu


Starkville is home to more than 21,000 MSU students and their Bulldogs. Starkville is located in northeast central Mississippi and has a population of 24,000. Being a land-grant university, MSU is green and beautifully landscaped. The university includes 9 farms scattered throughout the state. The College of Veterinary Medicine (the Wise Center) was completed in 1982. The college includes 620 rooms on 8 acres, or 360,000 square feet, under one roof.

The curriculum of the MSU-CVM is divided into 2 phases: Phase 1 or Pre-clinical (freshman and sophomore years) and Phase 2 or Clinical (junior and senior years). 

Year 1 uses foundation courses to expose the student to important medical concepts and address multidisciplinary problems. 

Year 2 is devoted to the study of clinical diseases and abnormalities of animal species. Surgery labs begin in the second year. 

Year 3 is comprised of clinical rotations in the College’s Animal Health Center, and elective courses. 

Year 4 includes core rotations in internal medicine and ICU, large animal ambulatory, neurology, ophthalmology, and the Jackson Emergency/Referral Clinic. 

The remainder of the fourth year is largely experiential and offers the student the opportunity to select among approved experiences in advanced clinical rotations, elective courses, and/or externships. The first 3 years of the curriculum are 9-10 months in length, while the fourth year is 12 months.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: Mississippi State accepts 40 Mississippi residents, 5 contract students from South Carolina, 7 contract students from West Virginia, and 40 non-resident applicants.



VMCAS application deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

GRE General Exam scores and supplemental application deadline: September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time. MSU will use September 15, 2017 as the date for supplemental applications.

Date interviews are held: January/ February

Date acceptances mailed: February

First-year classes begin: early July

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00

Deferments: requests are considered on an individual basis


Grades (minimum competitive GPAs are typically 3.3-3.4)

Quality of academic program

Test scores

Animal/veterinary experience

Participation in extra-curricular and community service activities and outside employment

Leadership and interpersonal skills

References (3 required; one must be from a veterinarian)

Personal statement

Interview of applicants selected on basis of academic and non-academic criteria.


Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. The minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process. The class of 2020 has an average undergraduate GPA of 3.62.

No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course throughout the application process (application through matriculation). Remediated and repeated courses must be completed before the application is submitted.

AP credit policy: must appear on official college transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Course Description
Number of Hours/Credits
  English Composition and/or Academic Writing  6
  Speech or Technical Writing  3
  Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)  6
  General Biology (w/labs)   8*
  Microbiology (w/lab)  4
  General Chemistry (w/labs)
  Organic Chemistry (w/labs)
  Biochemistry  3
  Physics (may be trig-based)  6
  Advanced (upper-level) science electives  12
  Humanities, fine arts, social sciences and behavioral electives  15
* indicates requirement of a minimum 6 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory


Estimated Tuition Resident: $23,200

Estimated Tuition Contract: $23,200

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $46,400


Resident: 40

Contract: 12

Non-Resident: 40


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), general test, is required (no minimum score) and is due at the school by September 15. GRE must have been taken within 3 years of application deadline. Students should schedule the GRE exam 30 days prior to deadline.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes



The mission of the MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program is to prepare exceptional students for careers as veterinary scientists to meet the nation’s critical needs in animal and human health research. It is the intent of the MSU-CVM DVM-PhD program to provide the full rigor of training from the DVM and PhD degrees as if they were pursued separately. The program is designed to integrate the research and clinical training programs so that students will experience a logical progression and level of responsibility throughout the program. It is also the intent of the program to provide a system of moral and financial support for the students who have committed to it.


The simultaneous pursuit of DVM and PhD degrees requires a highly motivated student who can handle a rigorous course load. Students seeking admission to this program go through a two-step interview process. The student is interviewed for admission into the DVM professional education program and the graduate program of the college. A student admitted to the DVM-PhD program takes graduate coursework and after two years begins the DVM professional education curriculum. Completion of the DVM-PhD program will require 7 years in most cases; however, this is 1 to 2 years shorter than the time required to complete both degrees if they were pursued separately.


An applicant granted admission to the DVM-PhD program will initiate his/her PhD coursework in the upcoming summer or fall semester and will remain engaged in graduate work until the fall semester two years later. Students admitted to the DVM-PhD program will have a position reserved in the DVM program two years subsequent to starting the DVM-PhD program as long as the student progressed appropriately during the initial two years of the PhD program. Upon successful completion of graduate coursework (maintaining a 3.0 GPA), a successful preliminary defense, and acceptance of a research proposal in the format of a federal agency grant proposal by the student’s PhD committee, the student will continue in the DVM-PhD program and begin the DVM professional curriculum. Once the student has entered the DVM curriculum, he or she will matriculate through the DVM program with the same class he/she enters the curriculum with. The final year of the program will be spent completing the PhD research, writing, and defending the dissertation.


The Early Entry Program is a unique program of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) that allows high-achieving high school seniors to earn pre-acceptance (early, pre-approved acceptance) into the CVM. Students who have an interest in veterinary medicine and meet application requirements during high school may apply for the Early Entry Program. If a student is accepted into this program, he/she begins undergraduate work at MSU after high school graduation, and completes the first three to four years of prerequisite courses, while also working toward completion of a bachelor’s degree. After the student has completed all course requirements for the College of Veterinary Medicine, has remained in good standing, and has taken the GRE General Exam, he/she matriculates into the CVM as a pre-accepted student. The student does not make further application to the CVM.

Students applying for this program must have the following qualifications:

1. ACT composite score of 27 (SAT score of 1820 on new SAT); and

2. High school grade average of 90 (3.6 on a 4.0 scale)

In addition, the Early Entry Program Admissions Committee considers animal and veterinary experience, work experience, leadership qualities, and nontechnical skills and aptitudes (character, community service, etc.) as described in the applicant’s written application to the Early Entry Program, and in the applicant’s Letters of Recommendation (provided in the application).

Twenty-five positions are available each year. We normally receive 70 to 80 applications. Both Mississippi and out-of-state students are eligible for the program. 

Applications for the Early Entry Program are available by October 1 each year, and are due for return by January 5. Applicants are notified of acceptance status by early February.

Applications are available online from October 1 through December 31. Please see the following website for the application and important information: http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/academics/early_entry_program.html

Application Deadline: 9/15/2017

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb
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