The Ph.D. in Plant Breeding requires 64 semester credit hours past an M.S. degree in plant breeding or related agriculture field and a dissertation on original research. Student research can be completed at the student’s location. Just as with the M.S. degree, 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 dissertation research locally. Students will have an on-campus co-chair to oversee the academic aspect of their degree. Communication with committee members, examinations, and dissertation defense will be conducted via the internet.
1. 64 graduate credit hours beyond the M.S. degree (or 96 hours beyond the B.S. degree in cases where no M.S. degree is obtained); general requirements are:
a. No set number of course hours is required; however, most committee chairs and advisory committees demand from 32 to 40 semester hours of classroom study, which usually includes courses in fields other than agronomy
b. Graduate seminar (1 hr.)
c. Students who accumulate more that 99 semester credit hours may be required to pay out- of-state tuition on any additional hours.
d. See Graduate Catalog for additional comments.
2. A dissertation written on original research as directed by the student’s advisory committee.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees vary based on Texas residency and course. On average most 3 semester credit hour courses will cost $1400-$1600 for residents and $2500-2700 for non-residents. Based on current rates, the total cost of the degree is approximately $35,000 for residents and $57,000 for non residents. These rates are set by the University and are subject to yearly increases.