Master of Science in Plant Breeding

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Plant Breeding is offered through the Department of Horticultural Sciences for students who are interested in obtaining a science-based education for the creation, improvement, and/or production of horticultural commodities through innovative teaching and directed plant breeding research experiences. The program encompasses both conventional and molecular breeding techniques to modify specific target traits in fruits, vegetables, flowers, and landscape plants. The program is designed to prepare students to become successful researchers in plant breeding. The program encompasses basic breeding, genetics, biotechnology, molecular biology, production, processing, and utilization of horticultural products. Our plant breeding faculty work with numerous horticultural commodities including vegetables, fruits, flowers, and native plant species.

Mission Statement

The Department of Horticultural Sciences is focused on improving the quality of life related to aesthetic disciplines, the production of healthful fruits and vegetables, and improving the utility and sustainability of the built environment. The MS in Plant Breeding prepares students to accomplish this mission by providing them with the knowledge, resources, and skills to become productive researchers in the field of plant breeding.

The MS in Plant Breeding is obtained through appropriate course work, completion of research and other requirements, successful completion of university-directed administrative procedures, and successful defense of a thesis. A research project and specific coursework will be outlined by the student with guidance from the student's graduate advisory committee members. The Master of Science in Plant Breeding is research-based and prepares students for industry positions as assistant breeders or for technical positions in an academic or government plant breeding program.  Students completing an MS in Plant Breeding are also prepared to continue on to the PhD in Plant Breeding.

Steps to Fulfill a Masters Program