Graduate Studies

Graduate studies may be pursued in subject matter areas of genetics, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, product technology, poultry health, management and physiology. View POSC Graduate Courses


Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

Thank you for your interest and inquiry into the graduate studies program of the University of Arkansas Graduate School and the Department of Poultry Science. We hope to hear from you soon.

– Sincerely, John Marcy, Ph.D., Professor, Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee

Requirements for admission into the Graduate Program in the Department of Poultry Science

You must be first admitted to the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. The Graduate School Catalog can be viewed at:   Applications for admission to the Graduate School may be done online via  A detailed description of the application process is online at Hard copy applications should be submitted directly to:

The Graduate School, 

G. David Gearhart Hall 213, 

1 University of Arkansas, 
Fayetteville, AR 72701, 

Phone: (866) 234-3957 
or (479) 575-4401. 

You must also apply directly to our department with the online application below.

  1. All applicants for admission into either the M.S. degree or Ph.D. program in the Poultry Science Department must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  2. The minimum GPA required for admittance to the Poultry Science Department will be the same as admittance to the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas. For the Graduate School requirements go to:
  3. A student in the General Agriculture Masters Degree program or any other non-thesis M.S. degree program cannot transfer into the Degree program in this Department except through regular admission procedures.
  4. All materials must be received 3 months prior to the start of the semester for which the student wishes to register.
  5. The Departmental Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate all qualified applications. If the committee approves the applicant, a faculty member must agree to be an advisor to the student. If no faculty member consents to advise the student, the application is rejected. Acceptance into the graduate program does not guarantee financial assistance.



You must have scores sent by ETS to the Graduate School (Code of University of Arkansas is 6866)

After you submit your application for admission to Grad School, you will first receive an email telling you how to activate your uark account and access the Applicant Center in UAConnect.  You will be able to track your application process and upload documents.  Then, 24 hours after that email, you will get another email explaining how to add the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) information through your Applicant Center.  You will enter the name and email address of your recommenders, and the recommender will get an immediate email with instructions on how to upload their letter.  If no letter is uploaded after 2 weeks, a reminder is sent to the recommender.

Degree Requirements for Masters of Science Degree

For the M.S. degree at least 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis must be completed. No more than 12 hours or 3 courses at the 4000 level can be used for credit. A maximum of 4 hours of 5000 Special Problems can be used for M.S. degree requirements. At least three courses should be taken in the Poultry Science Department. At least 1 seminar is required for all M.S. degree candidates. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree. All M.S. candidates must complete a thesis based on their research and pass a final comprehensive exam with emphasis on thesis research. In addition, each student must write one manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

Degree Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy Degree

A Ph.D. candidate bypassing the M.S. degree must take at least 36 hours of course work approved by the students advisory committee with at least 24 hours of 5000 and 6000 level course work excluding Special Problems. No more than 12 hours or 3 courses at the 4000 level can be used for credit. A maximum of 4 hours of 5000 Special Problems can be used for Ph.D. degree requirements. Students in the Ph.D. program who have an M.S. degree must take at least 12 hours of 5000 and 6000 level course work excluding Special Problems. If not taken previously, a 3 hour statistics course is required for graduation for all Ph.D. candidates. A minimum of 2 seminars is required of all Ph.D. candidates. All Ph.D. degree candidates must take 18 hours of dissertation research. Admission to candidacy requires the candidate to take a comprehensive written exam as determined by members of the Graduate Advisory Committee of the student and a preliminary oral exam given by the Graduate Advisory Committee. Any student that fails the admission to candidacy exams will not be permitted to reschedule the exams for a six month period. A second failure will lead to termination from the program. A final oral examination will be taken that is a defense of the dissertation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the Ph.D. degree. Two manuscripts suitable for publication in a refereed journal are required for each Ph.D. student to graduate. These papers will be evaluated by the Graduate Advisory Committee for comments and approval.


The Graduate School Handbook is online HERE.  You may order test preparation materials for GRE HERE or call 1-800-537-3160 in the U.S. Outside the U.S. and Canada call 1-609-771-7243. Ask for Dept. P68. Visit GRE online HERE. The test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) has introduced an Internet-based test and has phased out the computer-based test. The score range is 0-120. For inquiries about TOEFL tests, services, polices, and procedures, call 1-609-771-7100 (Princeton, NJ), Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. New York time. If you are ordering study materials and you are calling from the United States, Canada, American Samoa, Guam, US Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, call 1-800-446-3319. If you are calling from outside these areas, call 1-609-771-7243 or order from the distribution office nearest you. Email/web: or visit the TOEFL Web site HERE and the ETS Web site HERE. Fax: General inquiries TOEFL Services 609-771-7500. If you are testing in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, Guam, US Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico call 1-800-468-6335. For General Inquiries by mail: TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA.


Application Information for Admission to the Graduate Program, University of Arkansas, Department of Poultry Science

Please fill out the form below (completely). If you have any problems with the form, or have questions, contact or call 479-575-3250.


Graduate Assistantship Application (POSC Only)

Please fill out the next section if you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship and also provide the following in support of the Application for Graduate Assistantship:

  1. Official transcript(s) of your academic record to accompany this application.
  2. Instructions for uploading a separate statement of academic purpose concerning your plans for graduate study may be found HERE
  3. Instructions for uploading a separate resume or CV listing experience (professional, teaching, previous assistantships), education, extracurricular activities and scholastic honors and any publications you may have, may be found HERE

Note: regarding international applicants seeking a Teaching Assistantship: International applicants who would like to be considered for an assistantship in which the duties will involve teaching or mentoring students must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in spoken English by presenting a 26 or above on the spoken portion of the internet based TOEFL (iBT) exam, a 7.0 or above on the spoken portion of the international English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a pass on the University of Arkansas Spoken Language Proficiency Test (SLPT).

This application does not constitute an application for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School. A separate application must be submitted for admission consideration. To obtain an application, please see the contact information below. You can fill out an application online, download the form or request that one be mailed to you. Also, the sponsor of the assistantship may ask that you provide additional information.

By pressing submit on my online application, I hereby affirm that all information supplied on the form and within all the supporting documents is complete and accurate. I agree to inform the Graduate School of any change in my plans to attend the University of Arkansas. I understand that withholding information requested or giving false information may make me ineligible for admission, enrollment, and a graduate assistantship.

University of Arkansas Graduate School contact information: Office of Graduate and International Recruitment and Admissions, 340 N. Campus Drive, Ozark Hall 213, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.