Entomology - MS, MAg, PhD

Program Degrees:

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers entomology degrees including a of Master of Science (MS), Master of Agriculture (MAg) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Graduate program emphasizes basic and applied aspects of the science of entomology preparing students for careers in teaching, research and extension with a variety of academic, governmental, state, private and industrial opportunities. The educational goals and objectives of the MS degree program are to produce graduates who are fundamentally trained in the scientific principles and general knowledge of entomology and related sciences and who are able to apply these principles to successfully solve problems of an entomological nature or employ this knowledge at an advanced level of study. The purpose of the PhD program in entomology is to produce graduates who are fundamentally trained in the scientific principles and general knowledge of entomology and related sciences and who are able to employ this knowledge at the advanced level of study and/or apply these principles to solve problems of an entomological nature.

Admission is based primarily on a combination of GPA and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and (if an international student) TOEFL tests are also required.

Students holding baccalaureate degrees in agriculture or the biological sciences may find this degree program helpful to their professional development and career goals. For a major in entomology at the MS level, the student should have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution with pre-requisite training in zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Qualified students lacking mandatory courses may be admitted but will be required by the student’s advisory committee to make up any deficiencies.

The MS program in entomology is available to qualified individuals who wish to pursue a master’s level program that requires a thesis. Importance is placed on both classroom and research training. The MS requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including:

ENTM 6300Systematic Entomology5
ENTM 6440Insect Morphology5
ENTM 7200Insect Physiology4
ENTM 7950Seminar1
Thesis1

A graduate-level course in statistics is also required. A minimum of 21 semester hours must be taken in entomology and a specialty area of at least 10 semester hours may be selected from related subject matter fields. There is no language requirement for the MS degree.

The master of agriculture (MAg) program with a specialization in entomology is available to qualified applicants who wish to pursue a master’s level program that does not require a thesis. The MAg with a specialization in entomology carries the same entrance requirements as the MS but is a non-thesis degree. The MAg requires a minimum of 32 semester hours, 21 of which must be in entomology, including:

ENTM 6300Systematic Entomology5
ENTM 6440Insect Morphology5
ENTM 6920Internship (strongly recommended)3
ENTM 7200Insect Physiology4
Course in Statistics (strongly recommended)

The remaining courses can be taken from a variety of subject areas determined in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. A comprehensive examination is required after all courses are completed. There is no language requirement for the MAg degree.

The PhD program requires 60 semester hours of course work, including:

ENTM 6300Systematic Entomology5
ENTM 6440Insect Morphology5
ENTM 7200Insect Physiology4
ENTM 8950Seminar1
Dissertation based on the student’s original research

A graduate-level course in statistics is also required. Of the 60 semester hours, 30 must be graded graduate courses 6000 and above while registered in the PhD program. There is no language requirement for the PhD. Upon completion of the course work, PhD students must take a general written examination. Students must pass all parts of the written examination before scheduling the preliminary oral examinations (prelim). After satisfactory completing the prelim the student advances to candidacy. The PhD student will conduct independent research and prepare a dissertation. After completion of the dissertation the student must pass a final oral examination defending the dissertation.