Master of Science in Horse Science [Equine Education]

Program Coordinator: Dr. Holly Spooner 
HSC, 101E
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

The Master of Science in Horse Science (MSHS) program at MTSU centers a curriculum designed to prepare graduates trained for the multifaceted equine industry. The MSHS tailors a program to match a student's interest and produce graduates that are able to adapt to and thrive in this dynamic field. Horse Science faculty mentor students in their curriculum development, training in scientific methods, principles of equine student education and instruction, and general industry practices. All M.S. degree candidates share a common core of course work in statistics, research methods, and multiple disciplines within Horse Science and Animal Science. In addition, a significant number of elective credit hours are available, thus permitting each student the opportunity to customize his or her individual program by taking courses offered by other departments. This interdisciplinary approach strengthens graduates' training in specific areas of interest and career trajectories.

Students may choose one of three concentrations: Equine Physiology, Industry Management, or Equine Education. The Equine Physiology concentration emphasizes an interdisciplinary, science-based curriculum structured to build knowledge of scientific principles and apply these principles to a thesis research project related to equine science. In the Industry Management concentration, students will structure their curriculum for a specific industry-related career. Students enrolled in the Equine Education concentration will acquire a skill set needed to teach and provide instruction at a post-secondary equine program or within the Cooperative Extension Service. The MSHS program will provide a depth of knowledge in equine science and increase a graduate's comprehension of disciplines that interface with the equine industry.

Admission Requirements:

The application deadline is April 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in the Summer or Fall. October 1 is the application deadline for admission in the Spring. Applications will be accepted after these dates, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Horse Science [Equine Education] program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application and appropriate application fee
  • Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
  • Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview with the Horse Science Graduate Committee


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466