Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements for Application

79 total semester hours in the following areas:

  • Writing - 6 Semester Hours
    English composition is suggested
  • Speech or technical writing - 3 Semester Hours
    A fundamentals of public speaking course OR a Jr/Sr level technical writing course
  • Math - 6 Semester Hours
    College algebra is minimal level
  • Biological Sciences - 8 Semester Hours
    Biological science courses with labs for science majors
  • Microbiology - 4 Semester Hours
    Microbiology course with lab for science majors
  • Advanced Science Electives - 12 Semester Hours
    Advanced science elective courses may include junior, senior and/or graduate level courses in the areas such as:


Quantitative analysis





Comparative zoology


Molecular biology

Cellular physiology


Physical chemistry



Differential equations


Comparative anatomy



Animal physiology


**Same course(s) cannot be used to fulfil basic math, biological or physical science requirements and be used to fulfil an advanced science electives requirement

Departmental science-based junior, senior, and/or graduate level courses may also be used to meet the advanced science electives. 

  • Physical Sciences - 25 Semester Hours
    8 semester hours of inorganic chemistry with labs
    8 semester hours of organic chemistry with labs
    3 semester hours of biochemistry
    6 semester hours of physics (may be trig based)
  • Humanities, Social/Behavioural Sciences and Fine Arts - 15 Semester Hours
    15 semester hours of any combination of the humanities, social/behavioural sciences and fine arts courses
  • Minimum GPA to apply: 2.8 overall
  • No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course. Remediated and repeated courses must be completed before application is submitted.


Academic assessment

The academic assessment is based on the applicant’s GPA for required math and science courses, GPAs for upper-level math and science elective courses, and the GPA for the last-45 semester hours. The committee also considers factors such as strength of schedule, difficulty of courses, etc.

Non-academic assessment

The Admissions Committee of the MSU-CVM seeks to admit students who will be successful not only in the classroom, but also in clinical and/or research settings and ultimately in the profession. The ideal candidate will possess a balance of these qualities:

Understanding of veterinary profession

Motivation                                    Self-determination

Integrity                                            Work Habits

Communication skills                           Interpersonal skills

Empathy                                            Decision Making/Problem-solving Skills

Orientation toward service                   Leadership

Uniqueness                                         Diversity

In addition, the committee considers the applicant’s personal statement and letters of reference.

Selection of the class

The MSU-CVM Admissions Committee considers both academic qualifications and non-academic qualities in the initial review of applications to select applicants for interviews. Interviews are done at MSU-CVM and are part of the evaluation process.


All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at www.aavmc.org in mid-May. The deadline for submission of applications and all application materials, including processing fee, is September 15th*. The deadline for submitting transcripts to VMCAS is September 15th*.

*If September 15th* falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will move to the first day of business following the weekend or holiday.



Applicants must send a transcript from each college or university attended to VMCAS. Only transcripts in sealed envelopes and designated “official” by the office of the registrar will be accepted. This also applies to students currently enrolled at MSU. Transcripts are due September 15th* of the year of application. Updated fall transcripts are due in the MSU-CVM Student Admissions office by January 15.

* If September 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will move to the first day of business following the weekend or holiday.

Letter of Recommendation

The online application includes Letters of Recommendation in electronic (e-LOR) format. Each applicant should submit three (only) completed e-LORs. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian. LORs are to be submitted electronically to VMCAS, not to MSU-CVM. e-LORs are due to be submitted by September 15. *

* If September 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will move to the first day of business following the weekend or holiday.

Standardized Test Requirements

  • The GRE General Exam is no longer required by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine requires a minimum TOEFL score of 500 PBT, or 61 iBT, or an IELTS score of 5.5 for applicants for whom English is not the primary language.


The admissions committee reviews completed applications of qualified applicants beginning in October. Interviews are a required part of the final process. Those selected for interview will interview on campus on pre-assigned dates in late January or early February.

The Class

The typical size of the first-year class at MSU-CVM is 95 students, approximately 40 of whom are Mississippi residents. The remainder are non-resident candidates, including five South Carolina contract and seven West Virginia contract students. MSU-CVM also welcomes international students.

Average GPAs for the entering class are normally:

  • Overall GPA.................................... 3.6-3.7
  • Math/Science GPA........................... 3.5-3.6
  • Upper-level science electives GPA ..... 3.6-3.7

Admission Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold a position in the class, and will be credited toward tuition and fees at matriculation.


Applicants must send the following to VMCAS:

September 15* deadline:

  • Completed official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Completed VMCAS application (submitted electronically)
  • Appropriate application fees
  • Three completed LORs submitted electronically

Applicants must send the following to MSU-CVM:

September 15* deadline:

  • Supplemental Processing Fee of $60 (credit card or checks made payable to MSU-CVM)

All materials for MSU-CVM should be sent to:

Office of Student Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Miss. State, MS  39762
Phone: 662-325-9065 or 662-325-7591
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*If September 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will move to the first day of business following the weekend or holiday.