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Master's Program

A Master’s in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (PBGG) is research-based and prepares students for industry jobs, technical positions in an academic setting, or pursuit of a Ph.D. degree.  Application and admission is through the Graduate School upon review of applications by the PBGG Graduate Committee and acceptance into the research program of one of our Graduate Faculty. Transcripts, letters of reference, statement of purpose and standardized test scores are all taken into account during evaluation. While a GRE score of 286 is considered the minimum, 312 is the average GRE for MS students admitted in the last several years. Foreign applicants may be required to submit TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) scores with a minimum score of 80.

Program of Study

All Graduate School requirements for a Master's degree must fall within a six-year time limit beginning with the first registration for graduate courses listed on the program of study and ending with the final semester of the sixth year.  The PBGG MS is thesis-based with research conducted under the supervision of a major advisor and approval of a research proposal by an advisory committee.

Degree Program Requirements

MS students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to graduate comprised of:

  • 21 hours of coursework, 12 of which are graduate level courses only (not from split undergraduate/graduate courses, e.g., 4100/6100).
  • 6 hours of research (PBGG 7000)
  • 3 hours of thesis writing (PBGG 7300)

The following courses are required for graduation:

  • Research Seminar (PBGG 8861)
  • Plant Breeding (PBGG 6140)
  • Plant Breeding Practicum (PBGG 6000)
  • Statistics (STAT 6220 or STAT 6315 or FANR 6750 or higher)