About our Graduate Programs

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers seven graduate degree programs, three of which are combined with the DVM Program. Because each of these programs is unique, degree requirements, curriculum, program structure, application requirements and funding for students vary from program to program.

Graduate Degree Programs

MS in Animals and Public Policy
Students in the accelerated, interdisciplinary MAPP Program are immersed in the history, philosophy, theories, methods and policy aspects of human-animal studies. After graduation, students follow a variety of career tracks in the private, public and independent sectors, including graduate school, law school, medical school, non-profit organizations, corporations and government service.
MS in Conservation Medicine
The MS in Conservation Medicine is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide specific training, knowledge and skills for graduate students interested in pursuing a career that focuses on health relationships occurring at the interface of humans, animals and the environment. Graduates of this program will be equipped to fill scientific, professional and policy opportunities available in this emerging field that address broad-based environmental, health and conservation challenges.
MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health
The MS in Infectious Disease and Global Health is a new degree program intended to attract students interested in understanding the emergence, establishment, and spread of infectious agents across the globe. The future will likely witness more frequent emergent diseases with increased virulence than in the past. Many human, biological, environmental and climatic factors contribute to this phenomenon. Infectious diseases will be, therefore, an increasing scientific and global public health concern with significant economic consequences.
PhD in Biomedical Sciences
The PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program offers research training toward a PhD in in five focus areas: Infectious Diseases, Digestive Diseases, Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology, and Pathology and Clinical Sciences. The intent of the program is to prepare students to undertake and lead investigations aimed at elucidating fundamental mechanisms of infectious diseases, digestive diseases, neuro/reproductive processes, pathology, or clinical science, and to translate their findings into applications beneficial to human and/or veterinary medicine.

Combined Degree Graduate Programs

DVM/MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences
The DVM/MSCBS Program is offered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is supported by an NIH training grant to provide rigorous research training for veterinary students interested in pursuing biomedical research as a career or to enhance their work as veterinarians. The program is designed to facilitate research training in research areas including but not limited to—infectious diseases, digestive diseases, reproductive biology, nutrition, oncology, neuroscience and respiratory physiology.
DVM/MS in Laboratory Animal Medicine
The DVM/MSLAM Program is designed to provide veterinary students with basic training in laboratory animal medicine and animal resource management in conjunction with their DVM training. Students earn an Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Medicine in the same four years they earn a DVM. The objective is to provide the biomedical research community with skilled veterinarians who can fulfill needed positions in research facilities immediately upon graduation.
DVM/MPH with Tufts University School of Medicine
The DVM/MPH program provides the basics for understanding and practicing public health. The program’s curriculum prepares generalists with a sound foundation in public health disciplines, including—epidemiology, biostatistics, planning and management, international health, bioethics, public health law, environmental and occupational health, and the social and behavioral sciences.