The application deadline for PhD and MS students for fall semester 2021 is January 3, 2020 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC -5

The application deadline for dual-degree DVM-PhD students for fall semester 2021 is February 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC -5

The CMIB Graduate Program only accepts students for fall semester.

1. Applicants must complete MSU's online application. Applications for both domestic and international students are available at this site.

  • 4911 is the major code number for the CMIB MS program
  • 4912 is the major code for the PhD program
  • Application fees: $65 Domestic, $75 International

2. The online application has sections for you to write the following:

  • Academic Statement: The Academic Statement should convey your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree and your experiences and/or accomplishments pertinent to your application to the CMIB Program (e.g. undergraduate research, publications, workshops, etc.). Be sure to include a brief description of the nature of your research experiences and what you have learned from them. Minimum requirement: 500 words, single-spaced. Maximum of 600 Words.
  • Personal Statement: In your personal statement, you should concisely discuss any aspects of your history beyond academics that support you as an excellent candidate. These could include, for example, what you have derived from extracurricular activities, a demonstration of leadership, your potential contribution to a diverse educational community, and, if appropriate, any obstacles you have encountered in your pursuit of an education and how you have dealt with them. Minimum requirement: 500 words, single-spaced. Maximum of 600 Words.

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. The application will allow you to submit the name and email addresses of faculty that you would like to provide letters of recommendation on your behalf. The system will automatically notify the recommenders of your request and instruct the recommenders of the procedure to submit the letters in PDF form electronically. The recommendation letters may be addressed to the CMIB Admission Committee.

  • If they experience technical difficulties, recommenders may send their letters directly to CMIB Program Administrative Assistant Dimity Palazzola (palazz39@cvm.msu.edu) or via mail to:
    CMIB Program
    Veterinary Medical Center
    784 Wilson Road, Room G-100
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1314, USA
  • Letters submitted by applicants will NOT be accepted.

4. Upload your curriculum vitae or resume to the online application website or e-mail to the CMIB Program administrative assistant.

5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required of all applicants. Arrangements should be made, with the GRE office, for scores to be directly reported to Michigan State University using University Code 1465 with Department Code 0000. Please note the GRE exam is not required for Dual-Degree students.

6. TOEFL scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Arrangements should be made, with the TOEFL office, for scores to be directly reported to Michigan State University using University Code 1465 with Department Code 0000.

  • Internet-based test: score of 79 with no subscore below 17
  • Paper-based test: score of 550 with no subscore below 52

7. Have official transcripts sent directly from each college or university attended to the CMIB Program office at the above address.

  • Transcripts sent electronically through a transcript service, such as AVOW or eScripSafe, need to be sent directly to the MSU Office of Admissions instead of to the CMIB Program Office.
  • Transcripts sent by applicants or stamped "Issued to Student" will NOT be accepted.
  • If the original documents are not issued in English, also provide an official English translation of each document.
  • To be considered "official," the transcripts must have a university seal or notarization mark and state "degree conferred" or degree awarded."