Master of Science in Plant Breeding
Iowa State University

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Plant Breeding 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.  The curriculum focuses on the genetic improvement of crop plants through the study and application of genetics, statistics, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, and related sciences.  Graduates are prepared for careers such as the management and operation of public and private plant breeding programs, cultivar development, and research to improve breeding efficiency and effectiveness.


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Graduate in the top half of your class (GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • Successfully complete the following ISU courses or their equivalent at another institution:
    • Agronomy 114: Principles of Crop Production OR Horticulture 221: Principles of Horticulture (3 credits)
    • Biology 101: Introductory Biology (3 credits)
    • Math 140: College Algebra (3 credits)
    • Statistics 104: Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendations

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission