Michigan State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medical Center
784 Wilson Road, F-110
East Lansing MI 48824
Telephone: (517) 353-9793; fax: (517) 353-3041;
Helpline: (800) 496-4MSU (4678)
Email: admiss@cvm.msu.edu
Website: www.cvm.msu.edu


Michigan State University’s campus is bordered by the city of East Lansing, which offers sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops, and convenient mass transit. The campus is traversed by the Red Cedar River and has many miles of bike paths and walkways. This park-like setting provides an ideal venue in which MSU’s 48,906 students may enjoy outdoor concerts and plays, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan’s capitol in Lansing. It sits on a 5,200- acre campus with 2,100 acres in existing or planned development. There are 532 buildings which include 103 academic buildings.


U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU 33rd. among the nation's public universities; 75% among the world's top 100 universities; first in the nation for 22 years for graduate programs in elementary; and secondary education. First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics, organizational psychology, and rehabilitation counseling. One of the top 70 universities in the world. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty, all of whom hold the doctor of veterinary medicine degree and/or the doctor of philosophy degree. Nearly all of the specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association are represented on the faculty. Many of these faculty members are leaders in their fields, both nationally and internationally.

Today, the college includes four biomedical science departments—microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology; two clinical departments—large-animal clinical sciences and small-animal clinical sciences; two service units—the Veterinary Medical Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. and several research centers.

Michigan State has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. The College of Veterinary Medicine has attained national recognition for its leadership in programs for the encouragement of underrepresented groups at the pre-professional, professional, and advanced studies levels, as well as for increased diversity in its faculty.


For specific application information (pre-requisite science courses, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website: http://cvm.msu.edu

Residency implications: priority is given to Michigan residents. Up to 37 positions are filled with nonresident and international applicants.


VMCAS application deadline:Monday, September 17, 2018. at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Electronic evaluations to VMCAS: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Submit transcripts from all colleges attended to VMCAS by Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time including colleges where you took courses that transfer to your main institution.

International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and submitted to VMCAS. It is recommended that transcript(s) be submitted to the translation service at least one month prior to the deadline of Monday, September 17, 2018.

Non-refundable deposit (to hold place in class): (non-refundable) $500.00 for residents; $1,000.00 for non-residents

Deferments are rare.


Required undergraduate GPA: The minimum required GPA for science prerequisite courses is 3.0 and for the last three semesters GPA is 3.0. The means for the most recent entering class were a science prerequisite GPA of 3.59 and a last three semester GPA of 3.77. The last three semester GPA includes a minimum of 36 credits for undergraduate students and a minimum of 18 credits for a graduate student.*

AP credit policy: AP credit(s) must appear on an official transcript and be equivalent to appropriate college-level coursework.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? * The last 3 semester GPA can include more than three semesters if the minimum of 36 credits (or 18 if graduate work) was not completed in just three semesters.


Estimated Tuition Resident:  $30,400.

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $56,512


Resident: 78

Non-Resident: 37


International applicants who are non-native speakers of English and who do not hold a bachelor's degree from a US institution must take a test of English as a second language. Options are the TOEFL iBT, the IELTS, or the CAEL.

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Course Description Number of Hours/Credits
English Composition  3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  6
Humanities  6
General Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)  3
Organic Chemistry (with lab)  6
Biochemistry (upper division)  3
General Biology (with lab)  6
College Algebra and Trigonometry  3
College Physics (with lab)  8
Upper Level Biology Elective Course  3

For the most accurate information about the prerequisites, please contact the Office of Admissions at admiss@cvm.msu.edu


Evaluation of written application (animal/veterinary/research/extracurricular/employment/volunteer experiences.)

Letters of recommendation (3 submitted by Monday, September 17, 2018, at 1 Midnight Eastern Time through VMCAS; 1 must be completed by a veterinarian)

Multiple Mini Interview or MMI

Acceptance Deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019.


Number of Applicants: 1199

Number of New Entrants

Resident: 78

Non-Resident/International: 37

Total: 115

Estimated as of 2017

Resident: $30,400

Non-resident: $56,512


The Veterinary Scholars Admission Program has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the Honors College at Michigan State University. This program provides admission opportunity for students who wish to enter the four year professional veterinary medicine degree program after earning a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree program must include advanced and enriched coursework representing scholarly interest and achievements. Enrollment at MSU and membership in the Honors College are required to be eligible for this option. For information on Honors College membership, contact: Honors College, 105 Eustace-Hall, 468 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; telephone (517) 355-2326; or visit their website at http://honorscollege.msu.edu.


The Production Medicine Scholars Pathway has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. This pathway is available to MSU Animal Science students who complete, in addition to the minimum pre-veterinary medicine requirements, a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in production animal medicine. The concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in herd based, agricultural veterinary practice. The pathway provides an early admission option for Michigan State University students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in Animal Science with a concentration in production medicine. Successful applicants must have a strong academic and non-academic credentials, a demonstrated interest in food animal production medicine and agricultural veterinary medicine. Additional information about the pathway may be obtained from 1250 Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 or visit the website: http://www.ans.msu.edu.


Combined DVM-MPH degree program available

Combined online DVM/MS in Food Safety available

Application Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:59pm EST