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Graduate Studies

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine offers students enrolled in the DVM program the opportunity to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences or a Master in Public Administration (MBA) degree while continuing their veterinary education.

Information about these programs can be found below. 


The University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science (UK-VESC) and Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) have a cooperative program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Veterinary Science.

Program Goals

The primary goal of the UK-VESC/LMU-CVM cooperative program is to train top veterinary graduates to become leading PhD research scientists in the field of veterinary science and animal health.  Emphasis is placed on investigating the causes and mechanisms that affect the production and performance of horses, regardless of breed. The program will provide opportunities for LMU-CVM graduates to develop the skills necessary to become creative and critical-thinking scientists with the contemporary skills and knowledge to perform independent research and to effectively communicate their findings. The VESC/LMU Program will lead to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Veterinary Science with specialization in pathology, virology, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, genetics, reproductive physiology, pharmacology,or musculoskeletal sciences. Each of these subspecialties has a general emphasis on the horse.

The VESC/LMU Doctor of Philosophy program is research intensive, and enables the student to become a self-educating and creative scholar. This degree implies that the individual has demonstrated the capacity to frame an interrelated series of questions and to design and execute an appropriate series of investigations. Research projects are expected to either answer all of the questions or illuminate the area of inquiry in such a way that the resulting dissertation and publications will constitute a definitive contribution to science.


Applicants to the VESC/LMU cooperative PhD program will hold a DVM from LMU-CVM, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a combined score (verbal plus quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of not less than 300 (verbal and quantitative scores combined). Each applicant is considered individually, and acceptance into the program depends on the interests and academic credentials of the applicant, our ability to provide a quality program in the area of interest, and availability of funds to support the student. Participation in the VESC/LMU Summer Fellowship Program during the first two summers is strongly encouraged as a way to identify a suitable research topic and mentor.

Financial Assistance

Research Assistantships to support students in the VESC/LMU PhD program are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships provide a competitive stipend and cover tuition and student health insurance. Funds will be available to support up to twoVESC/LMU assistantships concurrently. Students supported by the VESC/LMU assistantships will be expected to spend at least one semester at LMU-CVM participating in the preparation and delivery of courses in the veterinary degree curriculum.

Curriculum Requirements

Students enrolled in the VESC/LMU PhD program must meet the UK Graduate School residency credit requirement of at least 36 credit hours of graduate coursework within five years of entry into the program (see the Graduate Bulletin); 12 credits must be at the 600 or 700 level and 9 of these 12 in VESC courses.  In recognition of the degree in veterinary medicine, up to 18 hours of the residency credit requirement may be waived at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, the VESC Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), and the Senior Associate Dean of the UK Graduate School.

Students must take two semesters of graduate level biochemistry/molecular/cell biology (CHE550 & 552 OR IBS 601-606) and one semester of graduate level statistics (STA 570 or STA 580) or demonstrate equivalent coursework completed elsewhere.  As well, a Scientific Ethics course is strongly recommended (TOX/VS 600). Additional curriculum requirements for each student will be designed in concert with the needs of the individual after discussion with the student’s major advisor and advisory committee.  Students must enroll in at least 2 semesters of Departmental Seminar (VS 770) and give presentations during enrollment.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Biosciences

Program Goals

The DVM/PhD in Integrative Biosciences program requires 90 graduate credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree or 60 credit hours beyond a relevant Master of Science degree. Students will complete a combination of credits from the core curriculum, the elective curriculum, and the research curriculum. The program provides the ability for students to pursue a joint DO-PhD or DVM-PhD option. Students pursuing the joint program option may count a maximum of 30 credit hours of basic science courses from the associated accredited professional school.

This program is still in the final approval process.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Masters in Public Administration

The DVM/MBA program is a cooperative venture between the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Business at Lincoln Memorial University. This dual degree program gives highly motivated and academically qualified veterinary medical students the opportunity to pursue DVM and MBA degrees simultaneously. Both programs can be completed in four academic years, in less time than it would ordinarily take if the degrees were completed separately.

The program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the business principles that are useful to veterinarians who participate in the business aspects of medical practice. The program blends medical and business training to provide a basis for the ability to capably manage and coordinate medical practices and other business endeavors in a highly competitive, heavily regulated and constantly changing environment.

Why the DVM/MBA Program?
  • The DVM/MBA Program is designed for LMU-CVM students who desire to obtain a thorough understanding of the business principles that are found to be useful to veterinarians who participate in the business of medicine. The program will equip students with a broad foundation in management, marketing, finance, economics and accounting.
  • The LMU MBA program focuses on the application of knowledge to real world business situations, while always stressing the roles of leadership and management in an ever-changing business climate.
  • The School of Business strives to provide a flexible curriculum for dually enrolled MBA students by offering the required foundational courses during summer terms, and by offering the additional core and elective courses in both traditional and online formats.

How to Apply

  1. Applicants must be accepted into LMU-CVM, and either be set to begin, or have just completed, their first year of veterinary medical studies.
  2. Applicants who have not yet begun their veterinary medical studies must have cumulative and science GPAs of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Applicants who have successfully completed their first year of veterinary medical school must be in good academic standing with CVM, and must have a GPA of at least 3.00 with no grades being below a ‘C’. Ongoing enrollment in the dual MBA program is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory standing in the CVM program.
  4. All applicants must complete the dual degree MBA program application, pay the application fee, provide an updated CV or resume, and submit essay questions given by the School of Business. Letters of recommendation and transcripts will be the same as those used for CVM.
  5. Deadline for receipt of completed applications for the DVM/MBA program is May 1 of the year in which the student intends to start the program. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by May 15.
  6. The first semester of coursework for the DVM/MBA will take place during the summer term.

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