Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Graduate Students

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The University of Kentucky doesn’t offer a stand-alone equine graduate program. Instead, students have the opportunity to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees in specialized fields. Targeted graduate education opportunities include:

Agricultural Economics offers graduate education in a unique learning environment. The program emphasizes developing competence in applying theoretical concepts and analytical tools. Graduate training in agricultural economics will lead to extensive job opportunities. Recent graduates are employed in teaching, research and extension positions in universities and as economists and research analysts in government and the private sector. E-mail:  or visit

Animal and Food Sciences addresses the major issues faced by animal agriculture today— production efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare, environmental stewardship, food safety and food quality—through its programs in research, instruction and extension.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) offers exciting opportunities for graduate study. Modern offices and laboratories provide an enjoyable atmosphere conducive to the development and testing of creative new ideas. The graduate educational experience encompasses intellectual, personal and professional growth with the goal of service to humankind.

Community and Leadership Development (CLD) faculty come from backgrounds in Rural Sociology, Community Development, Community Communications, Leadership Development and Agricultural Education. The program is organized around a strong experiential education, learner centered core, designed to be practical, engaging and thought provoking. Through the selection of enrichment areas that draw upon courses from across the university, students have considerable flexibility in planning a program that will meet their individual professional goals.

Entomology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Study and research are available in various areas of entomology including acarology, applied entomology, araneology, behavior, biochemistry, biological control, ecology, genetics, host plant resistance, insect biology, medical and veterinary entomology, molecular biology, physiology, systematics and taxonomy. The discipline of entomology, similar to all agricultural and biological sciences, has evolved significantly during the past two decades and continues to undergo rapid changes.

Plant and Soil Sciences (PSS) The interdepartmental graduate program in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with specialization in Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Forest Science, Plant Biology and Soil Science. Faculty belong to the Departments of Forestry, Horticulture and Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Veterinary Sciences offers the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Veterinary Science with specialization in pathology, virology, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, genetics, reproductive physiology, pharmacology, and musculoskeletal sciences. Each of these subspecialties have a general emphasis on the horse. The overall goal of the research program in Veterinary Science has been to improve our understanding of the biology of Equidae. Emphasis has been placed on investigation of the causes and mechanisms which affect the production and performance of horses, regardless of breed. The pre-veterinary medicine program prepares students to meet requirements for veterinary school. Although the Commonwealth of Kentucky does not have a veterinary school, it does have contacts with Auburn University and Tuskegee University in Alabama. 38 seats are available at Auburn and three at Tuskegee for legal Kentucky residents.

Contact Information

N212 Ag Science Building North Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 257-2226