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The MVSc degree of the University of Prince Edward Island is a two-year, non-thesis (professional) Master’s-track program to enhance scholarship and competitiveness of veterinarians in one of the broad disciplines of pathology, microbiology, or clinical sciences.

The program is designed to provide advanced training in the disciplines, and to develop teaching and communication skills. In addition, a student successfully completing the program may spend an extra year of residency in their selected discipline so as to be eligible for certification by specialty groups that require three years of residency training.

Success in the program is attested by the achieving of satisfactory standings in the minimum number of graduate courses required, the completion of a research project, and the writing of a project report suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

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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 academic departments listed below and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Department of Companion Animals

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

Department of Health Management 

  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Theriogenology
  • Population Medicine
  • Aquatic Food Animal Medicine
  • Equine Clinical Sciences
  • Food Animal Clinical Sciences

Department of Pathology and Microbiology 

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