Equine Degree Programs – Asbury University
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A bachelor’s or master’s degree in equine studies prepares students for a variety of roles in the equine industry, from entry-level to skilled professionals.

If you’re interested in managing farm operations, entering the horse racing industry or attending vet school to be an equine veterinarian, the Equine Program at Asbury University has an equine studies or equine science degree that fits your career goals.

With Asbury’s many Equine Studies concentration options, Equine Science majors and M.B.A. programs are designed to strengthen career outcomes, prepare for fulfilling vocations in equine management, equine sales or equine medicine or forge a new path all your own.

Asbury University Equine Studies Degrees

Asbury is committed to supporting each student’s unique educational journey. Equine Program undergraduate and graduate degree options include:

Exceptional equine education meets integrated hands-on learning at Asbury’s 341-acre equine facility on our pastoral Wilmore, KY campus. Venture into a life of service in the horse industry prepared by double majors, minors and degree concentrations that enable you to begin or continue a career path according to your calling.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Equine Studies

A B.A. in Equine Studies opens up a wealth of career opportunities within the equine industry. A bachelor’s degree is also necessary for pursuing the advanced degrees needed for jobs like an equine lawyer or equine veterinarian.

The Bachelor of Arts in Equine Studies program at Asbury requires 124 credit hours, typically completed in four years. The B.A. in Equine Studies curriculum requires:

  • 44 credits in core major courses
  • 30 credits in elective courses
  • 50 credits in Foundations general education courses

Core courses taken might include:

  • Horseback Riding I and II
  • Equine Studies I and II
  • Horsemanship Ministry
  • Equine Health/First Aid
  • Intro to Horse Training
  • Equine Conformation

Explore example courses and requirements of Foundations, Asbury’s liberal arts education-informed general education curriculum.

Of the 44 core major credits required for the B.A. in Equine Studies, 15 are taken through courses in one of four concentration areas. Here, students choose a specialization for their equine studies major that reflects their vocational interests and career goals.

Review the degree requirements and concentration options for the B.A. in Equine Studies.

B.A. in Equine Studies—Equine Management Concentration

Courses required in the Equine Management major concentration are designed to hone business skills specifically for the equine industry, leading to positions such as horse show manager, farm manager and many supervisory roles. Courses include:

  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Equine Administration
  • Equine Law

Students who choose the Equine Management concentration for their BA in Equine Studies will graduate prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue additional education for roles like equine lawyer or accountant.

B.A. in Equine Studies—Equine Training Concentration

In this major concentration, enhance your Bachelor’s in Equine Studies with advanced equine training skills. You’ll receive hands-on, in-depth instruction in courses such as:

  • Weanling, Yearling and Long Yearling Training
  • Starting Under Saddle I and II
  • Advanced Horse Under Saddle I and II

Get certified as a riding instructor and take advantage of the indoor and outdoor training facilities on the Asbury campus with the Equine Training major concentration.

B.A. in Equine Studies—Equine Science Concentration 

Receive a well-rounded equine studies degree with the B.A. in Equine Studies—Equine Science concentration option. With fewer science and math courses than a B.A. in Equine Science, this degree enhances a B.A. in Equine Studies with courses providing a solid foundation for careers in equine science and equine health. Take courses including:

  • Equine Nutrition and Forage Management
  • Equine Immunology and Diseases
  • Equine Exercise and Conditioning

Qualify for jobs on ranches, with breeders, in horse shows and races or prepare for a career in veterinary medicine with a Bachelor’s in Equine Studies, concentrating in Equine Science.

B.A. in Equine Assisted Services

Equine Assisted Services (EAS) explores the crossroads of horse husbandry and human services in the rapidly growing field of alternative therapies. EAS, which includes Equine Assisted Therapeutics and a variety of other fields, sits at the intersection between health and wellness and equine training.

Asbury’s Bachelor’s in Equine Studies—Equine Assisted Services major can lead to community-level or clinical equine therapy job opportunities. Courses include:

  • Intro to Therapeutic Riding
  • Therapeutic Riding Instruction
  • Equine Facilitated Mental Health

If you’re passionate about mental health and the healing power of animals, prepare for a career as a professional equine therapist with this B.A. in Equine Studies degree option.

The EAS major at Asbury gives students the opportunity to be at the forefront of an exciting new field and allows for unveiling a completely new level of the human-horse relationship to help address unique needs that humans will face in the future.

Explore example courses and requirements of Foundations, Asbury’s liberal arts education-informed general education curriculum.

Review the degree requirements and concentration options for the B.A. in Equine Studies.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Equine Science

The B.A. in Equine Science is Asbury’s pre-veterinary equine studies track. Graduates of this program have been accepted into top veterinary programs in the country.

The Bachelor’s in Equine Science, a 124-credit program, requires:

  • 64-65 credits in core major courses
  • 43 credits in Foundations general education courses
  • 16-17 credits earned through electives

Whether you are interested in equine nutrition, equine pharmacology or equine physical rehabilitation, this B.A. in Equine Science degree program prepares students for application to graduate programs through courses such as:

  • General Biology and College Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry Lab I and II
  • Intro to Bio Research
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Equine Lameness
  • Equine Reproduction

Review the degree requirements for the B.A. in Equine Science.

M.B.A. with Equine Management Concentration 

 Asbury University’s Master’s in Business Administration with Equine Management course focus is a unique collaboration between the Equine Program and the Dayton School of Business.

This M.B.A. degree program contains a robust business management curriculum, supplemented by courses focused on success in equine management. In this 36-credit program, you’ll take 15 credits in core M.B.A. courses and 21 credits in business management courses, including equine management courses covering topics like equine legal issues and equine sales and marketing.

Review degree requirements and more details about the M.B.A. with Equine Management course focus.

Equine Studies Minor and Double Major Opportunities

Asbury supports the adventurous spirit of our students by designing degree programs that can be personalized with double majors and minors in dozens of study areas.

If you’re interested in an Asbury University degree like business, media, art, social work or Christian ministries, but want to enhance your education with courses in Equine Studies, supplement any degree with a double major or add an Equine Studies minor.

Double majoring in Psychology and Equine Facilitated Mental Health or pursuing an Accounting and Equine Management double major opens up career paths that fit your passions, and Asbury’s Equine Program uniquely prepares students for the career they are called upon to pursue.

See the requirements for the Equine Studies minor.

Why Earn an Equine Studies Degree at Asbury University?

Asbury’s trailblazing Equine Program is the only one to offer an equine management major and the only one with a student-run police horse training program. It’s unique experiences like this that enable Asbury equine studies graduates to find personal fulfillment while cultivating their professional skills.

With an applied, hands-on approach to equine studies and a perspective built on community, Asbury University graduates are capable, motivated servant leaders who enter the workforce in various areas of the equine industry.

Explore some of the ways graduates from the Equine Program started their careers or pursued graduate education.

Equine Internships

Valuing the power of industry connection and experience, the Equine Program requires students to complete a built-in internship program as part of their equine studies or equine science degree.

Learn how equine studies internships can strengthen your resume while you get academic credit.

Equine Center Facilities

Students learn, relax and connect with each other and animals throughout the Asbury Equine Program facility. From exploring pastures, indoor and outdoor riding arenas and beautiful riding trails to stalling your horse in a historical private barn, Asbury’s 341-acre facility has it all.

Explore our Equine Program facilities and amenities.

Other Asbury University Equine Program Features

Pursuing Equine Studies at Asbury University is a unique opportunity to develop a breadth of equestrian skills and equine knowledge in a well-rounded academic environment that supports your spiritual journey, surrounded by rolling green hills and 6 miles of riding trails. From the Adopt-A-Horse program to summer camps, there are various ways to get involved.

Review the equine studies clubs and programs unique to Asbury.

Equine Studies Program Admissions and Financial Aid

Whether you’re a first-time undergraduate student or you’re looking to enhance your career with an M.B.A., review Asbury University’s admissions processes and requirements.

Asbury University offers GPA-based scholarships and financial aid to out-of-state students, among other aid opportunities. Review the financial aid options available at Asbury.

Apply to Asbury University Equine Studies Degree

After earning a B.A. in Equine Studies, B.A. in Equine Science or M.B.A. with a course focus in Equine Management, graduates are well-prepared for applying to vet school, working in equine-assisted clinical settings or beginning a career in the showing and racing industry.

If you’re interested in the exceptional Asbury University Equine Program, request more information using the form on this page, or begin your application today.