The Master of Animal Science (MAS) non-thesis degree program is designed to give students a deeper academic background in sub-disciplines associated with the field of Animal Science which include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management. It is the same program as the on-campus Master of Animal Science degree, but offered online. Applications to the MAS program are made through the Graduate School. The GRE (Graduate Records Examination) is required for those applying to the program. In addition to the GRE, other factors considered in the evaluation of applicants for full admission include: grade point average, TOEFL scores (international applicants), letters of recommendation and additional information that reflects the potential of the applicant for academic excellence. A student has six years to complete the master program starting with the first course that is to be counted. Students may be part-time or full-time. The online MAS program does not require the student to spend any time in residence on campus at NC State University rather, the program may be completed with online classes only. Students completing the MAS degree pursue careers in livestock management and livestock production, with feed and animal health companies, and as agricultural extension agents and animal technicians. The program also provides preparation for veterinary and professional school. The Master of Animal Science program requires 36 credit hours, which includes 19 credits of core courses and 17 credits of elective courses.