CBS Graduate Program



MS and PhD

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.

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.

Demonstrated English proficiency is necessary. You may be exempt from this requirement if have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or have a college-level degree showing completion of post-secondary education in a country where English is the primary official language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based) OR
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.5  

 Send all required test scores to LSU using institutional code 6373.

Contact Us

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

Sonika Patial, DVM, MS, PhD
Graduate Recruiter
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9884
Fax (225) 578-9895

Yogesh Saini, DVM, MS, PhD
Graduate Recruiter
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9143
Fax (225) 578-9895

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

Graduate Degree Disclosure

While licensure or certification may be available in your field of study, our program does not directly lead to licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may contribute to the educational requirements for licensure in certain areas of biomedical research and may assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for specific areas of biomedical expertise falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which the individual practices. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Joseph Francis ( with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

My Complaint Wasn’t Resolved by LSU

In the event that you have exhausted all informal and formal procedures through LSU at the institutional level, you may submit a written complaint to the Louisiana Board of Regents or to SACSCOC. They will attempt to facilitate a resolution. See below for details:

Students can file a complaint (after going through the grievance policies of the institution) to SACSCOC using the following form sent via ground mail to:


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, GA 30033-4097

And to the state authorization agency (if a distance education student and is unable to resolve the complaint through the grievance policies of the institution) using the following form to:

Louisiana Board of Regents

P.O. Box 3677

Baton Rouge, LA


ATTN: SARA Student Complaints