Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine

The Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine offers three graduate degrees and a certificate program for students with various interests.

The Master of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences (VBMS) program is dedicated to providing advanced academic learning in the life sciences through graduate coursework, professional training, and research. Graduates from this degree program are able to independently explore an area of the primary literature of the life sciences, analyze and critique published research reports, and communicate about life sciences in formal oral and written modalities.

The Master of Veterinary Clinical Care (MVCC) program is for credentialed veterinary technicians who desire to have advanced knowledge in patient case management, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice, critical thinking, practice management, clinical skills, and professional skills.

The Master of Veterinary Education (MVEd) program is for current DVM faculty or practitioners who wish to obtain advanced training in the foundations of education to improve the quality of veterinary education through increasing awareness and knowledge of educational research, theory, and evidence-based teaching practices within the veterinary profession.

The Certificate of Veterinary Education (CVEd) program gives those individuals who serve as faculty in veterinary education a foundation in educational theories and practices. This program is conducted jointly with the MVEd program, with participants enrolled in several MVEd courses.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Policies will follow existing LMU policies for undergraduate and/or master's degree programs, with any differences for these degree programs noted in this catalog. Each applicant is evaluated holistically by considering each required element of the application package. Application for each of the graduate programs begins with the required application materials:

  • Complete the PostbacCAS application
    • Official transcripts for all institutions attended
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Essays as required
    • Application fee (PostbacCAS fee + LMU Application fee)

Each program has additional materials required:

  • VBMS: Proof of prerequisite course completion
  • MVCC: Full CV, proof of Veterinary Technician Credentials (LVT, LVMT, RVT, CVT, etc.)
  • MVEd: Full CV, proof of DVM or four-year degree in a veterinary-related field
  • CVEd: Full CV, proof of DVM or four-year degree in a veterinary-related field with credentials, OR two-year degree, credentials, and proof of a minimum of 5 years experience in an accredited veterinary education setting

When reviewing application files, the committee looks at numerous applicant criteria including undergraduate and graduate coursework, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and any other pertinent materials that may be included with the file. Upon acceptance into the graduate program, applicants will receive an official packet of materials including an acceptance letter and any other items that may be deemed necessary. Deadlines regarding program deposits, residential life, immunization records, etc. will be included in the acceptance packet.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and are determined by LMU main campus. For information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Student Financial Services webpage, here.

Please note that some fees may not be specifically listed. Any questions about tuition rates, fees, or financial aid should be directed to the Student Financial Services team.

Academic Progress, General Policies, and Standards

Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0+ GPA in their program of study. Those who do not maintain a 3.0+ GPA will be placed on Academic Probation. The grading scale for LMU-CVM graduate courses is as follows:

A = 89.5 - 100 %

B = 79.5 - 89.4 %

C = 69.5 - 79.4 %

F = below 69.5 %

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

At the end of each semester in a graduate program, the student's coursework will be evaluated to determine whether they are maintaining the required GPA. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0+. Students who perform below this standard will be placed on academic probation until they succeed in meeting the required GPA or are dismissed from the program. If a student is not able to maintain the required GPA, the Graduate Council has the authority to recommend removal of a student from the program. If it is determined to be numerically impossible to reach the required cumulative GPA level, even with earning the highest grades possible in subsequent coursework, the student will be dismissed from the program. The CVM Dean will provide official notification in such cases. The minimum requirement for degree completion is 2.85 cumulative GPA.

A student placed on academic probation is required to meet with the CVM Academic Success Team (Dr. Copeland or Mr. Greene) twice in the semester following notification of probation. One meeting must be held at the beginning of the semester, another at midterms, to discuss academic progress. The student is able to meet with the Success team as many times as necessary or desired, but must meet at least twice. Failure to fulfill this requirement may result in dismissal from the program. The student remains on probation until the deficient coursework is recovered. The probationary semester GPA must be a 2.85+; if a student fails to meet that benchmark, they will remain on probation and be required to complete further academic counseling. If a student is unable to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 at the end of the second consecutive probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.


Graduate students in the VBMS degree program are required to follow the attendance policies of each of the courses in which they are registered. Graduate students in the MVCC, MVEd, and CVEd programs have asynchronous online courses and are expected to follow the online attendance and participation policies of the program in which they are registered.

Course Repetition Policy

Repeating a course will replace the previously earned grade in calculation of the cumulative GPA in order to remove the probationary status and/or determine graduation eligibility. The original grade continues to be reported on the transcript and should also be reported by the student to avoid the consequences of false reporting to any other educational institution. A course may not be repeated more than once. A student may only repeat two (2) courses in a degree program.

Graduate Council

The LMU-CVM Graduate Council is the policy-making and recommending body for the graduate programs provided by the LMU-CVM. It is composed of the Program Directors of each graduate program and the Coordinator of Research and Graduate Programs. The Graduate Council meets regularly to review program functions, admissions status, student academic progress, proposed academic changes, and policy effectiveness. Programmatic recommendations flow from this council to the CVM Dean's Executive Committee of the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine before being considered by the University Academic Council, University Cabinet, University President, or Board of Trustees.

The Graduate Council serves as the primary Graduate Appeals Committee, to resolve any academic matter that arises in the graduate programs. Academic decisions, including approval of requests to repeat a course, are based upon overall academic performance while in the graduate program.


In the event that a student wishes to submit an appeal regarding an academic matter decided upon by the Graduate Council, a formal written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of receiving notification of the Dean's decision. Appeals should be submitted via the Office of Academic Affairs for a hearing by the CVM Appeals Committee. The CVM Appeals Committee reviews decisions made by the Graduate Council to assure that policies and procedures have been followed in making academic or program changes and decisions.

The CVM Appeals Committee is expected to collect information from all parties to the matter in question and hold a hearing in which parties to the appeal will be invited and notified. A decision must be reached by no more than five (5) business days after the initial hearing. Decisions of this committee will be communicated to the party making the appeal as well as any individuals named in the appeal, along with the relevant Deans and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Final decisions will be communicated no more than five (5) business days after a hearing. A log of matters and copies of all communication related to an appeal will be maintained by the CVM Dean's Office.

Failure to appear for the appeals hearing will result in automatic Appeals Committee decision to uphold Dean’s decision.

Maximum Timeframe for Program Completion

VBMS: Students must complete their studies within two (2) years after initial registration, unless they are dually enrolled in a professional program. Students in the VBMS thesis track must complete all requirements within three (3) years full-time enrollment or five (5) years part-time enrollment after initial registration.

MVCC: Students must complete their studies within five (5) years after initial registration.

MVEd: Full-time students (3 courses per semester) can complete their studies within two (2) years after initial registration. Part-time students (1-2 courses per semester) must complete all requirements within four (4) years after initial registration, unless an extension is granted by the Graduate Council.

CVEd: Full-time students (2-3 courses per semester) can complete their studies in one (1) year after initial registration. Part-time students (1-2 courses per semester) must complete all requirements within two (2) years after initial registration.

A request for an extension of graduate program completion requires the approval of the Graduate Council and the LMU-CVM Dean.

The student bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring completion of all graduation requirements.