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Human-Animal Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, IL,
Do you want a career working with animals? Do you want to help people through animal therapy? If so, Human-Animal Studies from Aurora University is the major for you.


Aurora University is one of the few universities in the nation that offers a major in Human-Animal Studies. Thanks to a flexible curriculum, you can easily double major with:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Science (which would prepare you for veterinary school)
  • Social Work
  • Therapeutic Recreation

A Human-Animal Studies degree will equip you with the skills employers value most: communicating your ideas, analyzing a problem, and working with others to find a solution. In a job market that’s evolving faster than ever, you'll have the knowledge and tools to succeed.

Career options:

  • Animal-assisted therapist
  • Humane investigator
  • Shelter manager

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Animal disease prevention
  • Animal science
  • Animal welfare
  • Additionally, you can specialize in one of two tracks: therapy or welfare and bonding.
  • Expand your career opportunities by double-majoring in Therapeutic Recreation or Disabilities Studies. And even with a second major, you'll still be able to graduate in four years.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Apply online here.
  • Official transcripts from schools attended in the United States 
  • Certified copies of all official transcripts from international schools attended 
  • Official certified evaluations of all non-English academic transcripts from international schools attended 
  • English competency test OR standardized test
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • 1 Personal Statement
  • Statement of Financial Resources International students applying for an I-20 Student Visa must submit the Statement of Financial Resources form
  • Copy of current passport.
  • Copy of I-94 may be obtained online here.
  • Copy of Visa only if applicants are currently in the U.S. or holding a valid U.S. Visa. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Aurora

  • 1120 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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