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Graduate study in Cornell's School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS):

There are five fields of graduate study within SIPS: (i) Horticulture, (ii) Plant Biology, (iii) Plant Breeding, (iv) Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and (v) Soil and Crop Sciences.
The SIPS Graduate Resource Page can help you:

  • Identify graduate fields and faculty research programs that match your interests
  • Decide whether an MS/PhD or MPS program is right for you

Information here focuses on graduate programs in the Field of Plant Breeding.


The Field of Plant Breeding at Cornell University offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both plant breeding and plant genetics. Graduates with advanced degrees from these programs are poised with the knowledge and experience generally required to direct or lead plant breeding research at private companies or public institutions. Graduate student research is supervised by faculty located either in Ithaca or at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, New York. Students interested in vegetable, fruit, or ornamental crops may also consider admission to the Field of Horticulture.

Information regarding the graduate program in Plant Breeding can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Michael Mazourek, mm284@cornell.edu.