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UF/IFAS Plant Breeding

UF/IFAS Plant Breeding


The Plant Breeding Graduate Program (PBGP) currently offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Breeding. We welcome applicants who meet our admission requirements to apply to our program. In addition to meeting our admission requirements (see Step 1 below), successful applicants should also identify a faculty who is mutually interested in serving as an advisor and has the financial support for their Ph.D. studies.

We recommend applicants start by reviewing our plant breeding faculty and their research areas and also consulting their individual lab web pages for potential assistantship openings. We also suggest applicants read our financial support page for a description of funding available to prospective students. Our FAQ page is also helpful to help answer commonly asked questions.

Applicants who bring their own funding as a scholarship or fellowship (such as NSF, Fulbright, McNair, McKnight, etc.) are also welcome. 

Please note:

  • GRE scores are NOT required to apply for the Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding.
  • We do NOT offer a Master's degree (only a Ph.D. degree). However, undergraduate students with advanced coursework and strong research experience are encouraged to apply.

Easy Steps

If you have any questions about the application, contact Eliana Kampf at

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 Recruitment

Spring 2024 admission is now closed.
The deadline for submitting applications for Fall 2024 admission is January 15, 2024.
  • Fall Semester: January 15th
  • Spring Semester: August 1st 
    • Applications will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • Depending on the applicant’s credentials, they will either join the existing academic year cohort (in spring) or the following academic year cohort (next fall).

How to Apply

Step One

Meet our minimum requirements for admission

  • Strong research background in genetics, statistics, plant breeding, biochemistry, or other life science.
    • Successful applicants typically have a M.S. degree in plant breeding or closely-related biological areas such as agricultural, horticultural, forestry, biological or chemical sciences. Undergraduate students with advanced coursework and strong research experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Non-US applicants only: one of the following English language proficiency exams is needed:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (iBT & Home Edition): 80
    • TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): 6.0
      Note: Citizens from certain countries and non-US applicants under specific circumstances may be exempt from submitting proof of English language proficiency. For information on English proficiency exemptions, please visit the UF Admissions International Applicants page.

Step Two

Gather your documents

All graduate applicants seeking admission to the University of Florida must apply to their desired program using an online graduate app. Before you start your application read the comprehensive description of the process at How to Apply to UF Graduate School.

Below is a list of documents that our PBGP program requires. Make sure you have all the documentation before starting your application.

  • Statement of Purpose: This is your opportunity to let us know what makes you a strong Ph.D. candidate, why you are a good fit for the program, and how your interests align with those of your faculty of interest. Describe your previous research, educational and professional experiences, long term career goals and current research interests. 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: These letters should be from scientists or other professionals who can attest to your potential as a graduate student. This is automated in the application and will require contact information for your references.
    • Check your application regularly to ensure recommendation letters have been indeed submitted. Just sending the online request does not mean the letters have been actually submitted/received. 
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  • Transcripts: transcripts from each post-secondary institution previously attended must be received as described at 5. Send your transcripts to the UF Office of Admissions. 
    • International applicants only: transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas not issued in English must be accompanied by a certified, literal line-for-line English translation of the original document. Follow the instructions found at International Applicants.  
  • CV/Résumé: upload a current résumé or CV that reflects your relevant academic and professional accomplishments. Follow the instructions at 6. Submit Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • English Proficiency (international applicants only): all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency and meet the minimum score requirements. Detailed information and instructions are available at International Applicants.

Step Three

Submit the online application

  • Complete the Online Graduate Application by answering the required sections and uploading documents.
    • Select the correct Program of Study: click on 'College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' and then select 'Plant Breeding' OR type Plant Breeding in the 'Search for a Program' box.
  • Pay Fee: $30 non-refundable Application Fee payment plus $7 processing fee.


  • Only complete application packets received by the deadline will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All documentation listed above (transcripts, diplomas, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) should be received well ahead of the program deadlines.


Contact Us

PBGP Coordinator: Eliana Kampf,

PBGP Director: Dr. Patricio Munoz,

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