Graduate Degree Programs
Are you interested in one of our graduate degree programs? Below are links to our Master of Science degree animal science programs.
Master of Science in Leadership in Animal Services Management (Coming Spring 2019)
Our graduate degree programs were developed specifically for students who wish to begin a career working with animals or those currently working in the field of animal science, animal behavior, or humane animal care and wish to advance into leadership and management roles. Other students wish to form their own for-profit or non-profit organizations or professional practices. Our programs are hybrid programs tailored for busy adult learners. All theoretical coursework can be completed on our online Virtual Campus. Courses are facilitated by instructors holding PhD, DVM/VMD, JD, or Master degrees in their subject area. Semesters are 12-weeks in length, offered in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Students can log in anytime, 24/7/365, from any computer or hand held device with an Internet connection. Additionally, we use real-time video-conferencing software to hold SIMs (synchronous interactive meetings) with classes that support an instructor and up to 15 students. Students with Web cams create a classroom environment that rivals a traditional campus-based college classroom.
Academic Residency Labs and Externship Practicum with Animals
The college's clinical animal behavior and welfare programs would not be complete without lab and practicum courses with animals. Academic Residency Lab (ARL) courses are held at animal facilities in the U.S. The avian and feline ARLs have been held at Best Friends Society animal sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah U.S.A. Equine ARLs have been held in Canada and at the colleges 20-acre Dream Pond Animal Sanctuary and Reserve in Crescent City, Florida USA. Canine and feline ARLs have also been held at Florida-based humane societies such as the Flagler Humane Society. Externship practicums are completed by students in real-world animal facilities in their community or while working alongside animal professionals. In some cases, faculty will work with students to arrange externship practicum at exciting and rewarding locations anywhere in the world where animals are available and in need of attention.
Academic Research Capstones
Learning new skill sets that can be directly applied to career employment or the development of an animal-related business or professional practice is only one feature of ACAS academic programs. Students learn to develop critical thinking skills and research skills in order to solve problems that they will face in their careers and personal lives. All bachelor and master degree program students will design and complete a thesis research project under the guidance of their thesis committee. ACAS encourages students to present their work at poster sessions or as paper presentations at educational conferences. In addition, the research center here at the college will assist students who wish to pursue publication of their study in peer review scientific publications.
A Career working with Animals
These are only a few of the commitments that our institution makes to each and every one of our students in our college community. The process begins with an application for admission and continues beyond program completion with our alumni and career development professionals. We invite you to explore our college community and its academic programs and student support services and to download a current Academic Catalog.