CFAH offers opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.



Graduate Students

Ongoing research projects contributes directly to the available scientific information needed by risk-assessors, policy makers and producers to develop risk assessment-based systems for the continued safety and security of our nation’s food supply, animal health and the economics of food production. Click for more information on faculty and their research.

Program of Study

Program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) are available through the Department of Animal Sciences. Typically, students complete both formal course work and research credits. Most courses are completed during the first 6-9 months of study on the Columbus campus of OSU (about 95 miles southwest of Wooster) and then the student returns to the Wooster campus to devote the remainder of their time in this research-oriented environment. Course requirements are tailored to the individual project and typically include courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, epidemiology, biostatistics, virology/bacteriology, public health and zoonoses. Students are expected to complete a research project and thesis, present their work at scientific meetings and publish their results in peer-reviewed publications.

Admission Requirements & Procedures

It is usually in the best interest of the candidate to first make an initial contact with an individual faculty member.

For specific application information, see the following link


Undergraduate Students

CFAH faculty work with undergraduate students from the the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and the summer OSU Wooster Campus Research Internship Program (ORIP)Feel free to contact any of our faculty to find out about additional research opportunities for undergraduates. 




Wooster & The Surrounding Area

CFAH is located on the campus of CFAES Wooster in Wooster, OH. The City of Wooster is located in NE Ohio between Cleveland and Columbus. Wooster, with a population of about 26,000, has a diversified economy based on both industry and agriculture, a downtown full of great restaurants and shops, and easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Wooster is also home to The College of Wooster, a well-known liberal arts college with excellent undergraduate research opportunities. Lake Erie, one of the US Great Lakes, is about an hour’s drive north and is popular for recreational water sports. Wooster is located in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by rolling hills and is a short 20 mile drive to the 1,110-acre Mohican State Park. Nearby cities, Cleveland and Akron, offer many outstanding cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Severence Hall, Great Lakes Science Center, Rock Hall of Fame, Akron Art Museum, Canton Museum of Arts, and a wide variety of professional sports. Affordable housing, shopping, recreational facilities, entertainment, and employment opportunities for spouses and families are readily available.

The CFAES Wooster campus alone provides an array of unique opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. The Wooster Campus is home to The Ohio State University's 2-year Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) that offers 32 programs of study for undergraduate students. Research opportunities at the historical Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) are offered by the departments of Animal Sciences, Entomology, Food Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Horticulture and Crop Science, and Plant Pathology as well as the Center for Food Animal Health and the School of Natural Resources. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is made up of multiple campuses (Columbus, Wooster, and Statewide) and our faculty, graduate students, scholars, and staff continually develop solutions to agricultural and human health challenges through partnerships with scientists in the U.S. and around the world. These collaborations fostered within CFAES Wooster greatly contribute to the overall college mission of “We Sustain Life”.

CFAES Wooster also offers recreational opportunities for all to enjoy, including the Secrest Arboretum and Hawk's Nest Golf Course. Located just 15 minutes north of our campus, Hawk's Nest Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole, par 72 championship course that's the favorite of golfers in the Creston-Wooster area. The popular 110 acre Secrest Arboretum is open year-round and welcomes visitors to enjoy thousands of plant and tree varieties, paved walkways through forests and meadows, pavilions, an embankment slide, and seasonal outdoor entertainment.

Secrest Arboretum Crab Apple Tree BlossomsHole 4 at Hawk's Nest Golf CourseNancy's Tranquil Haven at Secrest Arboretum

CFAES Wooster Campus Student Activities Center

Downtown WoosterATI Campus - Halterman Hall