Animal Welfare and Behavior, MSAWB

This online Master of Science in Animal Welfare and Behavior provides in depth training in the science of animal welfare to working professionals engaged in animal protection, animal agriculture and food production, animal research, animal oversight or animal health as well as students interested in developing a career in these areas.  The degree includes eight or nine online courses that can be completed in two-four years

For more information, please email onehealth@vet.upenn.edu.

Curriculum 

Four Online Core Courses
VCSP 633Fundamentals of Animal Behavior6
VCSN 639Animal Welfare Science6
VCSP 639Animals & Society6
VCSN 650Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior6
Four Online Advanced Courses
VCSN 659Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare3
VCSN 660Animal Welfare Assessment3
Track Specific Electives
VCSN 652Regulations and Animal Welfare3
VCSN 658Evolution of Animal Welfare3
Original Research
Proseminar Course6
Capstone Seminar6
Field Research 16
Total Credit Hours54

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


First Year
FALL
VCSN 639Animal Welfare Science6
VCSP 639Animals & Society6
SPRING
VCSP 633Fundamentals of Animal Behavior6
VCSN 650Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior6
Second Year
FALL
VCSN 660Animal Welfare Assessment3
VCSN 652Regulations and Animal Welfare3
Proseminar Course6
SPRING
VCSN 658Evolution of Animal Welfare3
VCSN 659Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare3
Capstone Seminar6
SUMMER
Mentored Thesis Research, Writing and Defense6