Plant Breading

MSc in Plant Breading

Objectives of the Program

  • The Department will be fully involved in training and research, as well as, partly involved in extension activities of crop breeding and production. The ultimate goal of the Department, therefore, is to train high quality personnel, develop technologies that increase crop production and productivity in the region in particular and in the country in general, and thereby to improve the livelihood of its people.
  • The specific objectives of the Department of Plant Breeding are:
  • To produce sufficient specialized humanpower that will be involved in generation, of improved crop varieties;
  • To produce future farmers that can directly run their own farms, and thus will play a pivotal role in the transformation of the existing subsistence mode of agriculture to a commercial one.
  • To integrate training-research-extension so as to increase the efficiency of crop variety generation and thereby to timely attain the intended development.

Graduate Profile

The programme consists of a blend of academic and skill-based disciplines to ensure the development of plant breeding expertise to prepare graduates for employment in a variety of development, research and academic organizations. These include government and non-government agencies especially those involved in development, research and academic areas. Students will also have an opportunity to study at PhD level upon successful completion of the programme.

Course requirement

The program of the study leading to the M.Sc. degree in Plant Breeding requires 26 credit hours course and a 6-credit hour Master’s Thesis.

Admission Requirement

Applicants must be graduates in Plant Sciences, Biology and other related fields with CGPA of 2.00 and above, and meet other admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of Bahir Dar University.

Duration of the study

The MSc program is a two year program, with one year (2 semesters) taught courses and one year for a research project in a specific area of specializations.

Assessment and evaluation

Graduate student progress is assessed regularly and informally by the respective Faculty member. Informal assessment focus on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skills in research, writing, leadership and service. The formal ways of assessment includes the following:

  • For course work: Assignments, Mid semester examination, Final semester examination, Seminars and presentations
  • For practical courses: Laboratory reports/Field reports, Practical examinations, Written examinations
  • For thesis/Seminars/Report presentation: Paper organization, Quality of paper presented, Way of presentation, Defending material presented

Graduation Requirement

The student must score a minimum of 3:00 and successfully defend thesis.

Degree Nomenclature

Upon successful completion of the program, in English, “THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE (PLANT BREEDING)”, In Amharic, ================= will be awarded.

List of Courses Required


Course NO

Course Title

Credit Hours


Crsc 601

Advanced Genetics



Crsc 613

Advanced Plant Biochemistry



Crsc 615

Application of Biotechnology in Plant Breeding



Crsc 627

Advanced Biometrics and Statistical Tools



Crsc 638

Current Topics in Plant Breeding and Genetics



Crsc 600

Quantitative Genetics in Plant Breeding



Crsc 602

Advanced Plant Breeding



Crsc 614

Molecular Markers and Marker Assisted Selection



Crsc 606

Cytogenetics in Plant Breeding



Crsc 731

Graduate Seminar in Plant Breeding and Genetics



Crsc 733

M.Sc. Thesis


Total Credit hours