May 20, 2022
Holly Spooner, Program Director
The School of Agribusiness and Agriscience offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Horse Science, designed to prepare graduates for the multifaceted equine industry. Students may choose one of three concentrations: Equine Education, Equine Physiology, or Industry Management.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admissions are based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), undergraduate and graduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.
Applicants who do not meet admission requirements but whose overall record indicates the potential for success may be considered for conditional admission. Students admitted conditionally must meet all conditions established by the Horse Science Graduate Committee in order to remain in the program.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
The application deadline is April 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in the Summer or Fall. October 1 is the application deadline for admission in the Spring. Applications will be accepted after these dates, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.S. program in Horse Science;
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Successful applicants typically have GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores exceeding 146 and 140 respectively (current scale) or 400 each (former scale), with a total combined score that exceeds 286 (current scale) or 800 (former scale) or a score above 385 on the MAT;
- submit official transcripts of previous college work reflecting a 3.00 GPA from a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division, undergraduate animal science and/or equine science courses or equivalent industry experience as approved by the Horse Science Graduate Committee;
- after application review, participate in an invited interview with the Horse Science Graduate Committee at the applicant’s expense before final acceptance into the program.
The Master of Science in Horse Science with a concentration in Industry Management requires completion of a 15-credit-hour core and 21 credit hours in a concentration.
- successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) during the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
- successfully complete and defend a thesis project OR equine experiential learning project.
All students in the graduate program will be expected to complete a minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time study in residence at MTSU.
Curriculum: Horse Science, Industry Management
The curriculum is structured for a specific industry-related career in the Industry Management concentration. Students have the option to conduct and complete a traditional, research-based thesis project or to select a more contemporary non-thesis option.
Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:
Required Courses (12 hours)
Electives (9 hours)
In consultation with their committees, students must select a minimum of 9 hours from graduate-level courses in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the College of Education, and/or the Jones College of Business. Of these, a minimum of 6 hours must be taken from courses with similar content rubrics (i.e., MKT, MGMT, LSM, ABAS, etc.). Students may take a maximum of 12 hours of electives selected from the MGMT, MKT, and or MC rubrics. Students are limited to 6 hours at the 5000 level.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.