Plant Breeding

Texas A&M University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
17073 USD/year
17073 USD/year
7867 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Plant Breeding programs offered by Texas A&M University in Soil and Crop Sciences seek to alter the genetic composition of plants to improve crop characteristics. 


Our Plant Breeding and genetics faculty members at Texas A&M University rely on conventional and molecular breeding techniques to modify specific targets such as yield potential, crop quality, biotic and abiotic stress resistance, and/or reduced crop production costs. Breeders of grain crops such as corn, wheat, sorghum, and rice have developed varieties that have improved grain yield, resist diseases and insect pests, resist lodging, and possess improved nutrition or processing quality.

Our faculty have developed genotypes of bioenergy crops such as sweet sorghums, sugar cane, forage sorghums, and perennial grasses with exceptional sugar production per unit land area for ethanol production or biomass for cellulosic ethanol production. Cotton breeders and geneticists in Soil and Crop Sciences have developed unique interspecies lines through hybridization of different species of cotton as well as developed strains with exceptional fiber quality and drought tolerance. Our plant breeding faculty work with sugar cane, rice, cotton, corn, cowpea, wheat, oat, sorghum, perennial grasses, turf grasses, forage legumes, and peanut

The Graduate Program of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, extension, industry, and management of agronomic enterprises. 

Members of the faculty have expertise in biological sciences, biotechnology, cereal chemistry, crop breeding and genetics, cooperative extension technology, crop physiology, cytogenetics, ecosystem management, environmental physics, environmental sciences, environmental soil science, environmental toxicology, genetics, invasive weed species, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, physical sciences, plant physiology, protein chemistry, quantitative plant genetics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil genesis and classification, soil hydrological sciences, soil microbiology, soil mineralogy, soil physics, turfgrass science, turfgrass management, urban ecosystem management, water quality, watershed management, and weed science

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cytological and Histological Principles in Plant Breeding
  • Pedology
  • Crop Physiology
  • Integrated Farming Systems
  • Host Plant Resistance
  • Introduction to Environmental Biophysics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A complete application through the Apply Texas on line application process
  • The statement of purpose describing the student’s career goals and background information
  • Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from faculty or advisors, which evaluate your potential for graduate studies.
  • Acceptance by a professor in Soil and Crop Sciences to serve as the student’s graduate advisory committee chair

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17073 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17073 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    17073 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17073 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7867 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7867 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Plant Breeding
Texas A&M University


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