Graduate program in Breeding and Genetics at UGA

The group of breeding and genetics at UGA is active in cutting-edge research projects for the U.S. industry. We are sponsored by some of the largest U.S. breeding companies and institutions in beef, dairy, swine and poultry. We have international contacts with leading research centers worldwide. Our group consists of 3 professors, 3-6 other Ph.D. scientists and 6-10 graduate students. All of our graduates had job offers, often more than one, well before the graduation. Jobs opportunities for talented graduates in animal breeding are excellent at this time; read an editorial or another one on shortages in the field.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for potential Master and Ph.D. students who are genuinely interested in academic work and who can benefit from the excellent scientific atmosphere in our group. We would like to have students who enjoy working on challenging research programs and who would represent our group well at meetings and conferences. We expect students to fully focus on their studies; read the code for graduate students.

Requirements for admissions

See the animal and dairy science page of UGA on how to apply. The most important requirements are GRE and TOEFL (for nonnative speakers of English). Both tests are administered worldwide; sample tests are available at and We found that successful graduate students have quantitative part of GRE at least 600.


Assistantships and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Athens and environment

Athens has lots of cultural events and is considered an attractive place to live. Facilities at University of Georgia are first rate; the sports center is one of the biggest and the best in USA, cafeterias win national prizes, our building is situated just next to a lake + nature trails. A rich academic life at UGA also includes talks by famous people visiting campus including presidential candidates.

Mountains are about 1.5 hrs drive North and the ocean is about 4 hrs drive South.  The Atlanta airport is about 1.5 hrs away

last updated June 14, 2009