May 08, 2021  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horse Science, Equine Physiology Concentration, M.S.

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Holly Spooner, Program Director
(615) 494-8849

The  School of Agriculture  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.

Admission Requirements

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, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

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.

Application Procedures

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.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. submit a letter of intent that addresses the following:
    1. In 500 words or less, applicant should describe his/her horse experience to date (which may include but is not limited to college coursework, club/team involvement, breed/discipline groups, etc.) as well as other experiences which may have impacted the decision to pursue this degree; and
    2. In 500 words or less, applicant should describe future plans and goals as they relate to obtaining an M.S. in Horse Science degree;
  6. 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.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Horse Science with a concentration in Equine Physiology requires completion of a 15-credit-hour core and 21 credit hours in a concentration.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) during the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
  2. successfully complete and defend a thesis project;
  3. 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, Equine Physiology

The Equine Physiology concentration emphasizes an interdisciplinary, science-based curriculum structured to build knowledge of scientific principles and apply them to a thesis research project related to equine science.

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. 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.

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