University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Dairy Science

266 Animal Sciences Building
1675 Observatory Dr
Madison WI 53706
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Program contact: Cathy Rook
Phone: 608-263-3308
Fax: 608-263-9412
Email: rook@wisc.edu

Face-to-Face Evening/weekend1 Online2 Hybrid3 Accelerated4 Add'l assistantship and/or enrollment policy5
Admitting Degree(s):
Ph.D.
M.S.

About the Dairy Science Program

The Department of Dairy Science offers six different program areas for potential graduate students: Dairy Farm Management; Dairy Genetics; Dairy Nutrition; Milk Quality; Lactation Physiology; and Reproductive Physiology. The department has rolling admissions. We currently rank first nationally among all animal sciences and animal biology programs according to the Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity index. For more info see http://dysci.wisc.edu/prospective-students/graduate

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Additional Policy

The Department of Dairy Science has a rolling admission policy. Campus visits are recommended along with direct departmental faculty contacts. Funding may be available for a research assistant position from a faculty member if an applicant meets their research requirements. No applicant can be seriously considered until they have submitted an application to the UW-Madison Graduate School with the supporting documentation.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.