Master of Veterinary Science

Major: Livestock Systems Health 

The Master of Veterinary Science (MVS) degree with a major in Livestock Systems Health (LSH) is a new degree sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine. This ground-breaking degree is 100% online, the first of its kind, builds on the success of our Swine Executive Veterinary Program, is designed to enhance the careers of veterinary livestock professionals, and costs less than $10,000.

Earn a master's degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 18 months without leaving your house, office, production site, or responsibilities. 

The primary goal of the Master of Veterinary Science is to develop critical thinking skills, challenging learners to take a systems-based approach to managing livestock operations.

Solve Real-World Problems, Build Your Skill Set, Get Instructor Guidance

All courses were developed:

  • to answer questions and solve problems that will help livestock businesses thrive.
  • with the experience and insight from faculty and staff with over 25 years of experience of farm management. 
  • to give learners something tangible they can implement in their workplace immediately. 
Degree Requirements
Required Courses Credit hours
Electives                                                                            20
Bio-Statistics  4
Experiential Learning (capstone) 8
Total Credit Hours 32

All elective courses must be approved by the student's graduate committee. You will have access to all courses in the University Graduate Catalog including traditional on-campus courses. You can build the degree to best meet your career needs and personal schedule. You can earn the degree solely online, in-person or a combination. Your graduate committee will advise you on courses to ensure you meet your educational goals. 

The 8 hours of capstone will include working sessions with your advisor that can be accomplished online or in-person. 

Livestock Systems Health Elective Courses                                          

How to Apply

Applications are open for both the spring and fall semesters! 

Spring application deadline: December 15th

Fall application deadline:  July 15th  

Under $10,000


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I pay for the courses?
    The University will generate a tuition bill once the semester starts. The bill will be emailed to you. Tuition payments are due on the 28th of each month. The first payment for the Fall Semester is September 28, and the first payment for the Spring Semester is February 28. 
  • How do I pay?
    You pay online. The University accepts e-check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and international wire transfers via Flywire. 
  • How much time do I have to commit?
    Students should anticipate spending 9-10 hours/week learning the content of each course. 
  • What time zone is the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine? 
    All course content will be accessible to students in all time zones. Courses will be asynchronous with the opportunity for live online sessions. All live sessions will be recorded and shared on the course website. The University of Illinois is in U.S. Central time zone. 
  • When will live sessions be held? 
    All course content will be accessible to students in all time zones. Live sessions with an instructor will be scheduled based on the geographical location of students in the course. All live sessions will be recorded and shared on the course website. 
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