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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science

What is graduate study?

Graduate programs in the field of Animal Science provide opportunities for advanced study in an academic discipline, following one's completion of a bachelor's degree. Graduate study commonly includes completing advanced-level academic courses along with a research project. The most common graduate degrees are the master's degree (usually awarded after two years of study beyond the bachelor's) or the doctoral degree (commonly awarded three or more years after completion of the master's). A limited number of graduate programs combine masterís and doctoral programs.

A professional graduate program, such as veterinary school, requires graduates to obtain a license to practice. Primary and secondary school teachers, with or without a masterís degree in education, have to be certified prior to teaching.