The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health offers a fully online non-thesis M.S. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with specialization in Avian Health and Medicine (MAHM). Learn from internationally renowned experts in an online program recognized by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV). This unique and innovative online program is for practicing veterinarians interested in being recognized health experts in the rapidly growing international poultry industry. The Post Graduate Certificate in Avian Health can be achieved in the first year, followed by two years of specialized study including the latest in avian microbiology and serology, food safety, public health, economics and international trade, advanced poultry medicine, and disease management.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 72 credit hours $45,288 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $48,870 USD
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  72 (credit hours)
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  72 (credit hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • All students must apply and be admitted to the University of Georgia Graduate School.
  • Additional requirements include:
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in poultry medicine
  • A DVM, or equivalent degree
  • A biographical sketch describing your experiences, interest in poultry medicine, and your reasons for applying to the Master of Avian Health and Medicine program

Competitive applicants will have:

  • Minimum veterinary school grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or 1000 if taken prior to August 1, 2011
  • Official transcripts
  • Written references from at least three people

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online, choose online degree MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, concentration in Avian Health and Medicine. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Test Scores – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. Institutional code for ETS reporting: University of Georgia 5813.
    1. GRE or MAT
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Biographical Sketch – submit a biographical sketch describing your experiences, interest in poultry medicine, and reasons for applying to the Master of Avian Health and Medicine program to the department graduate coordinator.
  4. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to the University of Georgia graduate school.
  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the University of Georgia department graduate coordinator.
  6. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission
  7. Company Support Letter - include in your application documents (encouraged, not required).

Application Deadline

  • Fall:  July 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15

The Graduate School Application


Program Structure

Content within each subject is released on a weekly or monthly basis to allow the class to move through the material together. Lecture notes are presented online and can be downloaded by students. Class discussions, audio lectures, and interactive case studies are also some of the learning activities students will encounter in the course. Students will be expected to be able to set aside approximately 20-25 hours per week for reading, assignments and participation in online activities.


  Fall Term  Spring Term
Year 1
  • POPH 7210E Breeder Husbandry and Health (3 credits)
  • POPH 7220E Incubation Theory, Hatchery Practices, and Poultry Health (3 credits)
  • POPH 7230E Poultry Genetics and Nutrition (3 credits)
  • POPH 7414E Poultry Practicum I – Poultry Husbandry (3 credits)
  • POPH 7310E Poultry Pathology (9 credits)
  • POPH 7418E Poultry Practicum II – Management of Disease (3 credits)

 Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two fulfill requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health.

Year 2
  • POPH 7320E Poultry Immunology and Infectious Diseases (9 credits)
  • POPH 7513E Poultry Practicum III – Preventive Medicine (3 credits)
  • POPH 7330E Poultry Food Safety Epidemiology (6 credits)
  • POPH 7420E Poultry and Public Health Issues Impacting International Trade (3 credits)
  • POPH 7517E Poultry Practicum IV – International Trade Issues (3 credits)
Year 3
  • POPH 7421E Economics of Poultry Production (3 credits)
  • POPH 7422E Poultry Disease Prevention Programs (3 credits)
  • POPH 7610E Poultry Routine Health Surveys (3 credits)
  • POPH 7612E  Poultry Practicum V – Production Economics and Financial Analysis (3 credits)
  • POPH 7615E - Special Problems in Population Health (6 credits)
  • POPH 7618E - Masters Research Summary (6 credits)

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Guest Blog: Online Video Tutorials for Distance Education Students




The library research resources available to distance learners have never been better.  No matter what your topic or where you are studying, the books and articles you need are only a few clicks away.  But to find them, you’ll have to learn to use the GIL online catalog and GALILEO databases, which can seem intimidating to the uninitiated. 


The fastest way to get started is with the video tutorials created by the UGA Libraries. 


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This one, “Welcome to the Libraries,” introduces the most powerful tools available through the UGA Libraries web site in less than five minutes. It also shows you how to gain off-campus access to GALILEO databases and e-books, how to renew your books online, and how to request materials from the Repository.  It explains basic services such as how to access materials that have been placed on reserve, how to use GIL Express, and how to use Interlibrary Loan.


Many more video tutorials about library resources and services are available in this libguide for distance learners, http://guides.libs.uga.edu/c.php?g=350137.   All are brief, closed-captioned instructional sessions.   If you are new to the UGA Libraries or coming back to school after some time off, these tutorials are a great way to get an overview of services or refresh rusty research skills.  Here you’ll find videos showing you how to recall books that are checked out to other patrons, when to use GIL-Find or GIL Classic, and how to find UGA dissertations as well as dissertations available at other universities.  Other tutorials will help you search specific databases and locate a specific journal article.


We welcome your suggestions for future tutorials.   And they’re not the only way you can get library help.  You can contact librarians directly by phone at 706 542-3251, or text us at 706-363-0836, chat with us from the libraries homepage, or visit us in the libraries!   


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Contact Information

Contact the online Avian Medicine Graduate Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 948-2594