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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

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

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

Department of Companion Animals
Clinical Sciences
Diagnostic Imaging
Small Animal Medicine
Small Animal Surgery
Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Animal Medicine

Department of Health Management
Epidemiology/Health Management
Animal Science and Animal Nutrition
Clinical Sciences
Aquatic Animal Health
Animal Welfare
Public Health

Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Morphologic Pathology
Wildlife Pathology
Clinical Pathology
Public Health
Aquatic Animal Health

The graduate program of each graduate student is specific to the student’s research requirements and as such relies on the student’s Supervisory Committee to identify the optimal set of courses.

All students are expected to complete VHM 8010 (Veterinary Biostatistics) unless comparable training has been completed prior to entry into the program or a more appropriate alternative statistics is proposed by the Supervisory Committee and approved by the Graduate Studies and Research Committee.

Refer to UPEI's Academic Calendar for complete details.

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 April 15.

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 - $9,220 per 2 year program
Master of Veterinary Science - $9,220 per 2 year program
Master of Applied Health Services Research - (MAHSR-P) professional stream - $14,340 per 1 year program
Master of Applied Health Services Research - (MAHSR-T) thesis stream - $14,340 per 2 year program
International students pay $8,010 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.