The CMIB Graduate Program accepts PhD and MS students for entry in the fall semester. The Fall 2022 application portal is now open.



Application process for the PhD and MS programs

The application deadline for PhD and MS students is January 3rd, 2022.

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

  • 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. Upload a 1-2 page Academic/Personal statement in the “Other Information” section as a separate document.

You 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 description of the nature of your research experiences and what you have learned from them. You may also 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.

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. In the “References” section of the application, provide the contact information for your references.

  • 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. After submitting your application, you will be required to upload your CV/Resume in the Application Portal. You do NOT need to complete the “Employment” and “Activities” sections of the online application, as this information should be in your CV/Resume.

5. 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

6. Have official transcripts mailed directly from each college or university attended to the following address:

Michigan State University Office of Admissions
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Transcripts sent electronically through a transcript service, such as AVOW or eScripSafe, need to be sent directly to the MSU Office of Admissions: admis@msu.edu.
  • 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.

Application process for the dual degree programs (DVM-PhD, DVM-MS, Residency PhD)

The application deadline for the DVM-PhD Programs is January 31st, 2022

The application deadline for the Residency/PhD Program in Veterinary Toxicology is December 3, 2021; position is open until filled.

Interested individuals must submit the following materials:

1. A 1-2 page Academic/Personal statement.

You should convey your career goals, research interests and motivations for pursuing a dual degree. Describe your experiences and/or accomplishments pertinent to your application (e.g., undergraduate research, publications, workshops, etc.). Be sure to include a description of the nature of your research experiences and what you have learned from them.

2. Your curriculum vitae or resume.

3*. Three (3) letters of recommendation, submitted directly by the recommender to the contact listed below. Letters submitted by applicants will NOT be accepted

4*. Transcripts from each college or university attended. At this phase of the application process, unofficial transcripts may be submitted. However, once admitted official transcripts are required. Have official transcripts mailed directly from each college or university attended to the following address:

Michigan State University Office of Admissions Hannah Administration Building 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250 East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Transcripts sent electronically through a transcript service, such as AVOW or eScripSafe, need to be sent directly to the MSU Office of Admissions: admis@msu.edu.
  • 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.

* DVM-PhD applicants can indicate that the CMIB program can use their transcripts and letters of recommendation that were submitted to MSU via the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). If you are admitted, official transcripts will need to be requested.

Materials may be electronically sent to Dimity Palazzola (palazz39@cvm.msu.edu), CMIB Program Administrative Assistant or via mail to:

CMIB Program

Veterinary Medical Center

784 Wilson Road, Room G-100

East Lansing, MI 48824-1314, USA