Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Breeding

The Doctor or Philosophy degree in Plant Breeding prepares students for leadership roles in areas of food, feed, fiber, bioenergy, shelter, and aesthetic space plant improvement.

Students who complete the degree have the knowledge and skills for leadership positions as plant breeders in industry plant breeding programs, local-state-national governmental agencies, and non-government organizations dealing with crop improvement or crop production. Plant breeding PhD graduates are often employed by private variety development companies, universities, crop consulting firms, state agricultural experiment stations, cooperative extension service, USDA-ARS, and state departments of agriculture and other related agencies. Applicants must have an accredited master’s degree and meet admission requirements for graduate study at Texas A&M University. For more information, please contact a graduate advisor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (

This program is also approved for delivery via asynchronous distance education technology.

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