Canisius College

School of Arts and Sciences




Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

Grow your career in animal advocacy, shelter management, zoo-based education, animal-assisted therapy, humane education, veterinary medicine or nursing. Explore humanity’s relationship with other species. In anthrozoology, you’ll examine the relationships between people and their companion animals, and animal use in science, industry, agriculture and zoos. As a discipline, anthrozoology has an eclectic scope that leads to various careers in animal advocacy, animal shelter management, zoo-based education, animal-assisted therapy, humane education, veterinary medicine and nursing. Our core requirements will give you a strong foundation and our electives will allow you pursue your own interests and goals. You’ll gain new perspectives and contacts in the field through the Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human - Animal Relations (ISHAR). Dedicated to advancing humankind’s perspectives on animals, ISHAR is at the forefront on examining issues including responsible pet ownership, zoo industry reform, animals as food, animal use in science, and the use of science in advocating wildlife conservation. Each year, it hosts prominent speakers and interdisciplinary symposia at Canisius to complement the master’s program’s course offerings. ONLINE AND IN THE FIELD As a new student, you’ll begin the program in the fall semester. Applications must be received by February 1 of the year you wish to begin. Because the MS in anthrozoology is conducted in a modified online format, it can be completed from almost anywhere. Students and faculty do come together at the beginning of each semester for a four-day series of meetings and course-related exercises. After that, all coursework is completed in a vibrant online learning community.


Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

All international students are required to provide proof of English proficiency if English is not their first (native) language.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $765 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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