Prospective Students

The Poultry curriculum provides for in-depth study of scientific principles important in the production, processing and marketing of poultry and poultry products. The curriculum is designed with academic and experiential components to ensure that graduates are prepared to manage people and resources vital to this important food industry. Poultry students should also expect to develop creative thinking skills that will allow them to develop solutions for complex real world problems as they develop their careers as managers. The strong science content of the curriculum also makes it an excellent fit for pre-vet students and students interested in graduate studies. The department provides one-on-one advising for all Poultry Science students.

Applied Poultry Management

Production Systems

The applied management concentration satisfies all the requirements for a minor in Agribusiness. It prepares students to enter into all areas of the poultry industry with the knowledge necessary to be successful.

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Science and Pre-Veterinary Science

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The Science and Pre-Veterinary Science concentration prepares a student for future programs at a graduate level and also allows a student to satisfy the pre-veterinary requirements while completing a B.S. in Poultry Science.

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The need for people who have specialized knowledge outside of classic poultry science is growing rapidly. Currently the industry recruits and employs personnel trained in areas such as accounting, biological sciences, computer science, human nutrition, nursing, microbiology, engineering, food technology, advertising and marketing, veterinary medicine, human resource management and law. A minor in Poultry Science provides these individuals with enhanced employment opportunities in the poultry industry.

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Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

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2 + 2 Agreement with Jones County Junior College

JCJC students transferring to MSU's poultry science program can expect a smoother transition thanks to a new two-plus-two agreement. The agreement goes into effect Fall 2013 and allows specific courses in JCJC's curricula to transfer to MSU's poultry science program. It is one of numerous two-plus-two curriculum agreements MSU has with Mississippi community colleges. As Mississippi's premier agricultural industry, poultry generates $2.47 billion each year and represents 33 percent of the state's total farm-gate value. Jones County is home to the state's biggest broiler producer, Sanderson Farms.

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Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).

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Academic Common Market

Academic common markets are available to out of state students residing in Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina. For more information visit the ACM page.


Our research programs and teaching curriculum mirror current industry practices. As such, we have a large percentage of graduates that work in the industry and allied industry (62% as a current average). However, all seniors have opportunities for employment in the poultry industry. The department supports Mississippi's largest commodity, which has provided 100% placement of our graduates since the first Poultry Science degree was awarded in 1948. The poultry industry employs approximately 24,000 people in Mississippi with an additional 23,000 jobs created as an indirect effect of the poultry industry. Mississippi is home to seven broiler companies and the world's largest egg producing company. Entry-level jobs and training programs in these companies requiring a four year degree include, but are not limited to, the following areas: live production areas, the hatchery, the feed mill, and processing and products. Further, since poultry is a growing business and there are a limited number of Poultry Science graduates, students have career opportunities throughout the United States. A baccalaureate degree in Poultry Science is an excellent start to a career in agribusiness, or entry into veterinary school or graduate school.