College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Admission Requirements

College of Veterinary Medicine

Students seeking admission to the CVM must submit documentation of the following:

  1. Completion of prerequisite coursework or plans to complete the coursework prior to matriculation (confirmed by official transcripts).
    • Minimum science and minimum total cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
    • No grade lower than a C in any course will be accepted for credit. (Pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading is not acceptable in prerequisite science courses).
  1. Completion of a minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) of experience in veterinary practice, health sciences field, or biomedical research. Students with additional hours of work experience will present a stronger case for admission.
  2. Competitive scores on the GRE General Test taken no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
    • At least one of the letters must be from a veterinarian.
    • The other letters can be from other veterinarians, undergraduate science professors, or from someone who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant.
    • Letters written by family members are not acceptable.
    • Letters must be submitted by evaluators. Letters submitted by students are not accepted by the Office of Admissions.
  1. Although not required, a Bachelor's degree will make a candidate more competitive.

Admission Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology 8 12
General Chemistry with lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry with lab* 8 12
Mathematics** 6 9
Physics with lab 4 6
English Composition 6 9
Science electives*** 8 12


*Undergraduate students in programs that allow biochemistry to be taken after one semester of organic chemistry can substitute a semester of biochemistry for the second semester of organic chemistry.
**Mathematics courses must be college algebra or higher; Advanced Placement math courses may be substituted for college courses.
***Science electives include biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, etc. Student applications may be strengthened by inclusion of a biochemistry course.