The Department of Animal and Dairy Science offers research-based graduate programs of study leading to the MS degree in animal science or dairy science, and the Ph.D. degree in animal and dairy science with special emphasis in biotechnology, breeding and genetics, meats and muscle biology, nutrition, reproductive physiology, or production management. In addition, the department offers the Masters of Animal and Dairy Science (MADS), which is a non-thesis degree program. The department has full-time faculty members located in Athens and Tifton. Graduate courses in Animal and Dairy Science along with graduate courses available in the biochemistry, cell biology, food science, microbiology, poultry science, and statistics departments as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine provide basic and applied training for animal and dairy science students. A candidate for the MS degree must complete at least 24 semester hours of graduate course work and 6 hours of thesis. Course work necessary for the Ph.D. degree is determined by the candidate's major professor and advisory committee. There are no formal minor or language requirements.