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MS in Plant Breeding Texas A&M University




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The Master of Science (MS) in Plant Breeding is offered in distance education and on-campus modalities. The distance education modality is especially appropriate for those working in the area of plant breeding within industry or government entities with access to research facilities who are seeking an advanced degree.

The Master of Science (MS) curriculum is designed to develop new understanding through research and creativity. Students have the option to pursue a thesis or non-thesis Master of Science degree.

The thesis option M.S. in Plant Breeding requires 32 semester credit hours of course work and a thesis on original research. Student research can be completed at the student’s location. An on-site Ph.D. scientist, educator, or supervisor who qualifies as an adjunct member of the Texas A&M graduate faculty must be available to serve as co-chair of the student’s graduate advisory committee and be able to direct thesis research locally. Students will have an on-campus co-chair to oversee the academic aspect of their degree. Communication with committee members, examinations, and thesis defense will be conducted via the internet.

The non-thesis option M.S. in Plant Breeding requires 36 hours of coursework, four of which are an internship activity or other scholarly activity. Courses will vary depending upon the student’s career goals and current situation, but will emphasize such skills as applied plant breeding, molecular techniques, and statistical methods applicable to plant breeders. Students will work with a graduate advisor to determine which courses best suit their needs. A typical degree plan will include a variety of course work in plant breeding, molecular and environmental plant sciences, statistics, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural economics, and education and human development.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Plant Breeding.

Full Time (Minimum of 32 semester credit hours - thesis, Minimum of 36 semester credit hours - Non-Thesis)

Tuition fees

$33,280.00 (24,39,404) per year

USD $5,854‬ for summer term


13 Jan, 26 May, 24 Aug


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

600 John Kimbrough Blvd,



77843, United States

Online/Distance (36 graduate credit hours - Non-Thesis; 32 graduate credit hours - Thesis)

Tuition fees

USD $30,000 total cost of the degree for thesis program; USD $32,000 total cost of the degree for non-thesis program


13 Jan, 26 May, 24 Aug


Texas A&M University

400 Bizzell St,



77843, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants are considered for admission based on a number of factors including experience, research interests and goals, potential research project or internship, letters of recommendation, GPA, and test scores. All applicants are required to take the GRE.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must meet Texas A&M University’s English Language Requirement by scoring 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet Based form iBT) on the TOEFL, 6.0 on the IELTS, or 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE to be accepted into the Distance Plant Breeding

Application Deadline

We accept applications on a continuous basis. Students can be admitted for Spring, Summer, or Fall Semester start dates. Typically, applications should be received approximately one month prior to the start of the semester for which you wish to apply.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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