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

PBA in Davis Class VII

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? Instruction for the 2018-2020 Academy cohort begins September of 2018 and runs through June of 2020. Dates of in-residence sessions in Davis are:

September 10-15, 2018
February 4-9, 2019
June 3-8, 2019

September 9-14, 2019
February 3-8, 2020
June 1-6, 2020

Application and Admission
: To provide a personalized learning environment, the program is limited to 20 participants. Applicants should complete the on-line form and separately mail or 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.

Tuition: Tuition is $23,000 USD per participant for the two-year program (Early registration is $22,000 USD). 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 USD will be due within 30 days of acceptance into the Academy, and will be applied toward tuition. A letter requesting the balance of the first year's tuition will be sent once the deposit is received. The second-year tuition ($11,000 USD, or $10,000 USD for early registration) will be due by June 1, 2019. No refunds will be issued for an annual payment. Payment procedures will be provided to applicants following acceptance into the Academy.
For more information contact
:  Joy Patterson at


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