Excellence in graduate education and scholarly activities

The MSc degree of the University of Prince Edward Island requires the demonstration of a reasonable mastery of a concentrated field of study. The latter is attested by the achieving of satisfactory standings in the minimum number of graduate courses required by the respective Faculty, the completion of a research project, and the writing of a thesis based upon the research.

There will be considerable interaction and co-operation among the departments/faculties to provide courses and research facilities to meet the needs of individual students and their research projects.

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Course Structure

Students will register in one of the four academic departments listed below and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Department of Biomedical Sciences 

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Endocrinology

Department of Companion Animals 

  • Anesthesiology 
  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery

Department of Health Management 

  • Epidemiology/Health Management
  • Animal Science and Animal Nutrition 
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biostatistics
  • Public Health

Department of Pathology and Microbiology 

  • Morphologic Pathology 
  • Wildlife Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology 
  • Parasitology 
  • Virology 
  • Bacteriology 
  • Public Health 
  • Immunology 
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Biosecurity

Substantive courses are graduate level courses assigned a minimum of two credit hours. Students are required to complete courses totaling a minimum of twelve credit hours. Within this course complement there must be at least four substantive courses and the appropriate departmental Seminar course (one credit). Only one of the substantive courses may be a Directed Studies Course.

All students are expected to complete VHM 8010 (Veterinary Biostatistics) unless comparable training has been completed prior to entry into the program.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

In the following it must be understood that the standard of reference is the typical Canadian university curriculum and university system.

Admission to a graduate degree program as a regular student is granted, on recommendation of the Department concerned, to:

i. the holder of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or a four-year honours or majors baccalaureate or its equivalent, as set out below; or

ii. a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student category as described below.

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, or equivalent, normally of four years’ duration, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college, the applicant having achieved an average of at least second-class (“B,” i.e., 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Application Deadline
Make sure you apply before the deadline!

Application deadline: for Fall intake July 1; for Winter intake November 1; for Summer intake March 1.

Securing a supervisor prior to applying to this program is an admission requirement. Visit the Potential Graduate Supervisors page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Fees and Funding
Tuition for Master of Science Programs


Master of Science - $8,862 per 2 year program
Master of Veterinary Science - $8,862 per 2 year program
Master of Applied Health Services Research - $13,788 per 2 year program
International students pay $7,704 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a graduate student, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.