Graduate Programs

Our graduates leave us confident of their abilities, performing to their full potential and equipped with the medical skills to help solve the health challenges of the 21st century.


A Premier Center for Graduate Study

Professional and graduate student education is a fundamental mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. The College offers a variety of graduate programs, including combined (DVM/PhD, DVM/MBA) degree programs, and traditional PhD and Master’s programs.

The Comparative Biomedical Sciences program is the largest College-based graduate program, comprised of approximately 100 faculty and teaching in six concentration areas. Other graduate programs such as Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, include faculty from other Colleges though many are led by CVM faculty. The College also offers three professional programs leading to advanced speciality training for veterinary school graduates: Master of Veterinary Public Health, Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine, and Master of Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

In aggregate, the College of Veterinary Medicine offers some of the most diverse and flexible graduate training opportunities in the biological and biomedical sciences at NCSU. These opportunities are supported by College departments and research centers situated on the NCSU Centennial Biomedical Campus, Southern Pines, and coastal North Carolina.


Combined DVM and Graduate DegreesEnhance your knowledge and combine your interests and goals.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students can combine their DVM degree with either an MBA offered through the NC State Jenkins Graduate School of Management in the Poole College of Management or a PhD offered through the NC State Graduate School.

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Comparative Biomedical Sciences

The Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is a multidisciplinary graduate program with faculty who are employing state-of-the-art techniques to address a number of interesting scientific problems in the basic and applied biomedical sciences. The Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program confers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.


Veterinary Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration is designed to provide graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing public health service oriented careers with local, state, federal, and international public health and animal health agencies. The MPH program supports a unique role that veterinarians can play as members of the broader public health community.