CBS Graduate Program



The Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences participates in the graduate program of the School of Veterinary Medicine leading to Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Comparative Biomedical Sciences.  This program is designed to provide advanced educational opportunities for students in a broad range of biomedical sciences.  Major research concentrations in the Department include cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, developmental biology, neurosciences, and toxicology. 


The goal of our graduate program is to provide individualized training for the next generation of scientists and educators who will be leaders in biomedical and veterinary research and education.  Our graduate curriculum provides students with the skills necessary for an intellectually challenging and rewarding career in an academic, industry, or government setting.


Our graduate program consists of lecture courses, seminar presentations, and independent research.  Our program emphasizes the acquisition of a solid background in the scientific literature and a skilled capability in experimental approaches.  In addition, we promote the development of excellent written and oral communication skills.


Formal internet-based applications to our graduate program are made through the LSU Graduate School at:


Applications are accepted at any time, but we cannot formally evaluate students for admission or financial assistance until completed application materials have been received, including official transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Application should be initiated at least six months prior to anticipated entry. Minimum criteria for admission include:

  • a baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting agency
  • a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale using the U.S. system scale
  • satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 or better.


International students must also present acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (a computer version score of 213 or better, an  Internet version score of 79 or better, or a paper version score of 550 or better).  International students from non-English speaking countries accepted into the graduate program will be required to take an English proficiency test upon arrival, and may subsequently be asked to take supplemental courses to improve their proficiency. 


For any general questions regarding a graduate career or specific questions regarding our graduate program, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Charles C. Lee, PhD
Graduate Recruiter
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9032
Fax (225) 578-9895


If you are interested in learning more about our graduate program for the upcoming academic year or for informal feedback regarding your qualifications and admissions, please contact us at (225) 578-9889.