Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
University of California
Plant Breeding Academy

PBA in Davis-Class VIII


A message from Director of UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, Jovan Djordjevic: 

“The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy teaching model is focusing on practical application of Science and Theory, and is taught by veteran instructors from industry and academia. We use an in-person teaching model that encourages exchanges on and off the classrooms, and transfer of our instructor experiences to our students, as well. In-person interactions are particularly important for the start of the class, where students meet with our Instructors and teaching material for the first time. Therefore, to allow all PBA VIII students more time to safely arrange travel after the pandemic and participate in-person, we decided to postpone the start of the PBA Class VIII for February 7-12, 2022.”

The Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis has organized a professional development course to teach the principles of plant breeding to seed industry personnel. This two-year course addresses the reduced numbers of plant breeders being trained in academic programs. Participants meet at UC Davis for six sessions over two years. Readings and exercises continue between sessions via internet to allow participants to maintain their current positions while being involved in the course. 

Course goal: This course develops the skills and abilities of current industry personnel to enable them to become independent breeders or more valuable contributors to larger breeding programs.


Who should attend? The course is targeted toward personnel currently involved in plant breeding programs who lack the academic background in genetics theory and practice to advance as independent breeders. Current breeders who desire a refresher course or would like to broaden their expertise would also be potential participants.

When will the in-residence sessions be held? Due to COVID-19 delays, instruction for Class VIII of the Plant Breeding Academy will begin in February 2022 and the class will graduate in September 2023.

Revised PBA VIII Dates:

February 7-12, 2022
June 6-11, 2022
September 12-17, 2022

February 6-11, 2023
June 5-10, 2023
September 11-15, 2023

Application and Admission: To provide a personalized learning environment, the program is limited to 20 participants. Applicants should complete the online form and separately email a resume in order to be considered for enrollment. Applicants' background and experience will be reviewed to ensure they meet the minimal requirements before acceptance. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree (or demonstrate equivalent professional experience) and have taken introductory courses in statistics and genetics. Practical experience, academic standing (GPA or equivalent) and rationale for participation in the Academy will be evaluated. Among applicants meeting the program requirements, acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance is not secured until the first year's tuition is received.

UPDATE: Due to date changes, the early registration discount has been extended to September 1, 2021. 

Tuition: (All pricing is in United States Dollar) Tuition is $24,000 per participant for the two-year program ($23,000 with the early registration discount, if accepted before September 1, 2021). Tuition includes all course materials and fees.  Lunches and breaks during residence in Davis are provided.  Travel, accommodations and other meals during in-residence sessions are not included.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be due within 30 days of acceptance into the Academy. After the deposit, tuition is split into two payments, each totaling $11,000 for early registration or $11,500 for regular registration. The first year tuition will be invoiced in Fall 2021 and due in January 1, 2022. The second year tuition will be invoiced in Spring 2023 and due in August 1, 2023.  No refunds will be issued after each payment is received.  Payment procedures will be provided to applicants following acceptance into the Academy.  


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