Application and Admission Plant Breeding

Do you want to apply for the online master's Plant Breeding? Find out whether you meet the admission criteria and how you can apply.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the start in September 2019 is 1 July 2019.

You can find the necessary steps for the application in the step-by-step guide How to apply for an online master's?

Admission requirements

Relevant BSc degree

Students holding a BSc degree or equivalent (university, Fachhochschule, ...)* in one of the following fields are eligible for the MSc programme Plant Breeding:

  • Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Life Sciences or related fields

Students with other BSc degrees can be admitted based on the actual courses in their BSc (or MSc) programme and/or relevant work experience. Please ask the programme team for possibilities: Students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) are not eligible.

*As some countries are not yet using the bachelor's-master's system, in some situations, students from within the EU are eligible for admission based on a statement by their university that the level reached is 'BSc-equivalent'.

Grade point average (GPA) of 70%

A grade point average of 70% is the minimum requirement. Students with a GPA between 60 and 70% may be eligible under certain conditions, such as relevant work experience, illness during part of the programme or students with a high mark for thesis work and specialised courses. Students with a BSc degree below Second Division Upper level are not eligible.

When the grading of your programme has been done in a different way and you are not sure how to relate this to the 70% GPA requirement, please contact us by email:

We don't make use of a GRE or GMAT examination.

Proficiency in English

As the whole programme is taught in English, an English proficiency test is required, except when you are a native speaker. The minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)
  • TOEFL internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): pass at grade C or above
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE): pass at grade B or above.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) pass at grade C or above.

Applicants who have completed their BSc (or equivalent) degree studies in programmes where the language of instruction is English may be exempted from an English test (we do need proof from your programme though!).

IELTS and TOEFL tests should have been taken no longer than two years prior to the application. Applicants taking a TOEFL test should note that Wageningen University has been assigned a TOEFL code (0542) and that the results are sent directly to us.

More information about English proficiency:

Dutch nationals - EU nationals - nationals outside EU/EFTA.

Specific online master's requirements

Besides these three criteria, enrolling in an online master's programme at Wageningen University & Research also requires the following:

  • Good computer skills
  • Access to broadband internet
  • Commitment to engage in a virtual learning community

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