We are excited to get to know you better and determine if we are a good fit for your career direction and professional growth. Our PSM degree is a rigorous and competitive program. Being a unique specialization, we are looking for students that are passionate, articulate, and creative who will shine both in their graduate work and in future employment. Showcasing your soft skills in your application is important. We are training future leaders.

We value the diversity and rich history that different peoples and populations bring to our academic community, which is the embodiment of the University’s land grant mission and heritage. We seek applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

What we’re looking for:

2-Year Traditional Program and AMP Applicants

  • Strong undergraduate record and GPA– Students who took a rigorous undergraduate schedule in a science field are the most qualified applicants, though students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. The minimum cumulative GPA for non-provisional admittance to the Graduate School is a 3.000 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.000 can be admitted provisionally through alternative pathways. For more information, please check out our FAQ section
  • Demonstrated interest in the field– We ask for a resume or CV detailing prior employment, internships, or volunteer experience in animal-related organizations to show a commitment to this career path. Be thorough and complete when describing past experiences. We are looking for 3-4 internships or equivalent volunteer/work experience in the field.
  • Well-written and informative statement of purpose– A well-composed and creative statement of purpose can help us identify students who are passionate and committed as well as highlight unique skills and perspectives. In the statement of purpose, we’re hoping to learn more about your connection to the field and how this degree will further your career path.
  • Three letters of recommendation– Strong letters of recommendation that allow us to get to know you as a student, future leader, and person will help us evaluate your likelihood to succeed in our program and in the field of management. A strong letter will comment on:
    • Your character and professionalism
    • Your ability to succeed in rigorous coursework
    • Your ability to think critically
    • Your attitude and demeanor
  • Graduate record exam (GRE) scores not required – GRE scores are not required for application to the PSM program nor the Department of Biology.

3-Year Online Program Additional Requirements 

  • Demonstrated work experience – Minimum of 5 years paid experience in relevant field-related organizations.


If you are selected as a top candidate, we will ask for an interview (by phone, Zoom, or in person). We are interested in students who can communicate their ideas with distinction and demonstrate a deep commitment to excellence.