Plant Breeding – Master’s

Plant Breeding

Help agriculture industry leaders boost yield, increase efficiency, battle pests and mitigate risk of drought. Leverage cutting edge technology including machine learning, drones, and robots to help farmers do more with less land and fewer inputs.


The online Master of Science in Plant Breeding focuses on the genetic improvement of crop plants through the study and application of genetics, statistics, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, and related sciences. The program offers fundamental skills in plant breeding, the study of advanced concepts such as genomic selection, and analysis of problems in plant breeding as they arise from global society. 

This program will prepare you for careers in areas such as 

  • Management and operation of public and private plant breeding programs 
  • Research on plant breeding methodologies, biotechnologies, and information technologies to improve breeding efficiency and effectiveness 
  • Cultivar development 

Courses cover four major areas: breeding, genetics, statistics, and crop production.

Admission Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For program specific requirements, visit the Graduate College.


Total: 30 credits

The program culminates in a “creative component,” which is intended to be an in-depth application of the knowledge and skills acquired from the M.S. Plant Breeding curriculum. The creative component can take many forms, but it always includes a written report related to your area of specialization and approved by your advisory committee.

Contact Information

Brenda Kutz