Entrance Requirements

Course Requirements

79 total semester hours in the following areas:


Communications — 9 semester hours

• Writing — 6 semester hours (English composition is suggested)

• Speech or technical writing

—3 semester hours

– Fundamentals of public speaking course

– Or junior- or senior-level technical writing course


Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Fine Arts 15 semester hours

of any combination of courses in the above categories such as:

  • psychology
  • economics
  • music appreciation and others


Math — 6 semester hours

College algebra is minimum 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


Physical Sciences — 25 semester hours

• 8 semester hours of general chemistry with labs

• 8 semester hours of organic chemistry with labs

• 3 semester hours of biochemistry (junior- or senior-level)

• 6 semester hours of physics (may be trigonometry based)


Advanced Science Electives —12 semesters hours

Advanced science elective courses refer to junior-, senior-, and/or graduate-level courses.

Examples include upper-level courses in these areas:

Animal physiology, biochemistry, calculus, cellular physiology, chemistry, comparative anatomy, comparative zoology, differential equations, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, parasitology, physics, quantitative analysis, statistics, zoology, or other science-based subjects.

Science courses must be completed or updated within 5 calendar years of the anticipated date of enrollment.


Letters of Recommendation

The online application includes a letter of recommendation in electronic (e-LOR) format. Each applicant must submit the names and email addresses of three evaluators. At least one of the evaluators must be a veterinarian. Evaluators are encouraged to provide additional comments in the space provided on the e-LOR form. Additional recommendations beyond the three required will not be considered in the admission process. E-LORs are to be submitted electronically to VMCAS (not MSU CVM) by mid-September.


Standardized Testing

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) is not required for admission consideration. An applicant whose primary language is not English is required to submit either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required to be considered for the doctor of veterinary medicine program.


Processing Fee

In addition to the VMCAS application, MSU CVM requires a supplemental processing fee to offset direct application expense. For information about this processing fee, click HERE.


Selection of the Class

Academic Assessment

The academic assessment is based on the applicant’s overall GPA, GPA for required math and science courses, GPA 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.

GPA Requirements

A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 is required.

The minimum GPA must be maintained throughout the application process (application through matriculation). The average undergraduate GPA for incoming students is typically 3.6–3.7.

No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any required course at the time of application (application through matriculation). Remediated and repeated courses must be completed (not in progress) before the application is submitted.

Non-Academic Qualifications

The MSU CVM Admissions Committee considers both academic qualifications and non-academic qualities in the initial review of applications to select candidates for interviews. The committee seeks to admit students who will succeed not only in the classroom, but also in clinical and research settings, and ultimately, in the profession.

The ideal candidate has a balance of these non-academic qualifications:

  • Understanding of veterinary profession
  • Integrity
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy
  • Orientation towards service
  • Uniqueness
  • Motivation/self-determination
  • Strong work ethic
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Leadership abilities

In addition, the committee considers the applicant’s personal responses to essay prompts and letters of reference as well as experience working with animals.


The MSU CVM Admissions Committee reviews completed applications of qualified applicants beginning in mid-September. Interviews are a required part of the final process. Those selected for an interview will interview on campus on pre-assigned dates in late fall or early spring.

Admission Deposit

Upon accepting a position in the class, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to hold the position and will be credited toward tuition and fees at enrollment.

This information is subject to change at the discretion of the CVM Admissions Committee.


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:

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: 662-325-1326
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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.

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