College of Veterinary Medicine

MS Comparative Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

EDUCATION

The Master of Science program in Comparative Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (CBVS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is designed to train students in coursework and research areas applicable to One Health, which will provide them with expertise in a broad area of disciplines. The program takes advantage of the wide variety of courses already established in the School of Natural and Life Sciences (Department of Biology) and College of Health Professions and Nursing (Department of Biomedical Science) at Long Island University, and basic science courses offered in the first two years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional program, including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, epidemiology, immunology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. Courses specific to CBVS include a weekly seminar on research carried out in the CVM or at other institutions by faculty or graduate students.

The CBVS research program has two major focus areas for the M.S. degree: Infectious Diseases and Comparative Medicine and Therapeutics. Infectious Diseases include training in the specific disciplines of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, and vaccine development. The focus area Comparative Medicine and Therapeutics includes research in Cancer Biology, Chemo- and Precision-Therapeutics, Molecular Immuno-Physiology, Pathology, Molecular Pathophysiology, and Regenerative Medicine.

The M.S. program in CBVS is designed to prepare graduates for continued graduate studies in a Ph.D. program, careers in academia or industry, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, or in various government agencies, such as USDA, NIH, CDC, and others.

Employment skills gained include:

  • Carrying out research experiments and quality control,
  • Reviewing and analyzing research data
  • Grant preparation
  • Review of manuscripts and other scientific documents
  • Oral presentation of research results

Program Admission

Applications for graduate admission can be accessed via the

Long Island University Application Portal.

Official college transcript(s), personal statement, resume/CV, statement of research interests, and two letters of recommendation are required. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though it is recommended to apply by November 1st for the spring semester, and May 1st for the fall semester. There is also the option of beginning in the summer term.

Contact Information

Additional information regarding the graduate program in Comparative Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences can be obtained by contacting Ms. Veronica Tuthill (Veronica.Tuthill@liu.edu) or Dr. Thomas Inzana (Thomas.Inzana@liu.edu), Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs.


Program Schedule

Term Fall 1 

Term Spring 1 

 Course Number & Title

Credits

 Course Number & Title

Credits

CBVS 505 Graduate Seminar

1

CBVS 505 Graduate Seminar

1

BMS 550 Biochemistry

3

BMS 581 or DVM 513 Immunology

3

BMS 540 Biomedical Statistics

3

One research-related course as determined by committee

        3

CBVS 708 Experimental Research

5

CBVS 708 Experimental Research

5

                            Term credit total

12

                       Term Credit total

12

Term Fall 2 

Term Spring 2

Course Number & Title

Credits

Course Number & Title

Credits

CBVS 505 Graduate Seminar

       1

Two research-related courses as determined by Committee

        6

Two research-related courses as determined by Committee

       6

CBVS 708 Experimental Research

        6

CBVS 708 Experimental Research

       5

                            Term credit total

      12

                       Term credit total

      12

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in CBVS is a research/thesis-based program. A Baccalaureate or equivalent degree is required for admission, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 85, internet-based (a minimum listening score of 20 is also required); 225, Computer-based; or 563, paper-based. IELTS of 6.0 or above is also acceptable.

The program is designed to be completed in two years with 48 credit hours, minimum. Required courses for all students include graduate level biochemistry (BMS 550 or equivalent), immunology (BMS 581, DVM 513, or equivalent), biomedical statistics (BMS 540 or equivalent), and graduate seminar (CBVS 505), accounting for 12 core credit hours. Up to 15 credit hours can be devoted to elective courses recommended by the student’s committee, and the remaining credit hours are in experimental research (CBVS 708).

Cost & Fees

Graduate Tuition, per credit

$1,352

Part-Time University Fee, per term

$509

Full-Time University Fee, per term

$1,017

Student Health Insurance (Rate Finalized July 1)*

$3,370

*Health Insurance Rates are finalized with New York State by July 1 each year. All international students, clinical students, residential students, and intercollegiate athletes are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan but may wave participation online with comparable coverage under a family plan or other policy. 

At this time, the College of Veterinary Medicine does not provide tuition waivers. Stipends funded by a faculty mentor may be available, but they are not guaranteed. Prior to applying, please determine your area of research interest and contact potential faculty mentors to see if they are willing and able to support a graduate student in their research laboratory.