Ph. D. Program

Ento phd student


All students who have completed the requirements for a Baccalaureate or Master's Degree in an acceptable field will be given equal consideration for admission to graduate study in the Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, as per the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972. The Department of Entomology will consider application for admission and for assistantship at any time, although completion of the application process by April 1 is suggested for Fall Admission and September 1 for Spring Admission.

  1. Application should be made at least three months but not more than 12 months before the desired entry date. (See Application for Admission )
  2. Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School as set forth in the Graduate Catalog. A Master's degree in Entomology or a related area with a minimum GPA of 3.00 at the M.S. level is also required for admission to the Department. Students who do not meet the minimal GPA requirement may be admitted on a conditional basis. Students admitted on a conditional basis must maintain a 3.25 GPA in the initial twelve hours of graduate coursework (with no grade below a B in entomology courses), excluding special problems, special topics, or other variable credit hour courses to remain in the program.
  3. Applicants residing in the United States, Canada or any other country are required to submit scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) unless the test is not available in that applicant's country. The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), CN 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, (609) 921-9000. Information can also be obtained from their Web site:
  4. Applicants need a basic background in the physical and biological sciences, as well as adequate preparation in English. Specific training should include: mathematics through college algebra (Pre-calculus or calculus highly recommended), at least one course in physics, chemistry through organic, botany and zoology or equivalent hours in biological science, microbiology or bacteriology and genetics. Early in the degree program the advisory committee will review the academic background and recommend coursework to take to correct deficiencies. In addition, students are expected to complete or have completed the core course requirements for the M.S. degree. Students will receive graduate credit for these courses.
  5. Students admitted by the Graduate School without condition are eligible for appointment to a graduate research assistantship (GRA). Students conditionally admitted by the Graduate School are not eligible for appointment to a GRA until all conditions are met in full. Appointment at such time is dependent upon the availability of a vacant position.
  6. Students who hold both the baccalaureate and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas are strongly encouraged to pursue the doctorate at another accredited institution.
    • The Graduate School Admission Form, $40 check or money order ($50 for international students), GRE scores and two copies of each transcript should be sent to the Graduate School, 119 Ozark Hall, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.
    • Three letters of recommendation, current curriculum vita, and a letter detailing your educational goals and research interests should be forwarded to our department at Department of Entomology, 319 AGRI, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

An interim advisory Committee (three department faculty) will be selected by the student and major professor. In the event a major advisor has not been identified, the department head will assist the student in the selection of the interim committee. The major professor (or faculty member designated by the department head) will serve as the interim committee chair. Early during the first semester, the interim committee will meet with the student to initiate preliminary planning of the program of study and research plan. A copy of the preliminary plans must be submitted to the department head for review and placement in the student's departmental file.

Following the preliminary planning session but prior to completion of the first year of study, a full advisory committee (minimum of five members) will be selected by the student and the major professor. The major professor will serve as committee chair. The committee shall consist of a minimum of three members from the Department of Entomology. The department head will be invited to participate in ALL Advisory Committee activities (non-voting).

The advisory committee will meet with the student during the first year to administer a comprehensive oral review of the student's background in entomology and other related areas and to assist the student in developing the final program of study and research plan. Copies of the program of study and research plan must be submitted to the department head for approval and placement in the student's departmental file. Any subsequent changes in the program of study should be immediately reported to the department head.

  1. General Course Requirements:
    The degree program and coursework for each degree candidate will be arranged on an individual basis by the major professor, the Advisory Committee, and the student. The Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the student's previous record of study. These discussions will serve as the basis for planning the Program of Study and Research Plan.
    • The student must take or have taken courses equivalent to ENTO 3013 - Introduction to Entomology, ENTO 4024 - Insect Diversity and Taxonomy, ENTO 4053 - Insect Ecology, ENTO 4123 - Insect Pest Management, ENTO 6113 - Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology. A course in statistics for graduate credit is also required. This requirement is waived for students minoring in statistics.
    • Seminar Requirements:
      Four hours of seminar are required. Seminar hours may be taken in entomology (ENTO 6071) or as a formal for-credit seminar offered in other departments within the University. However, at least 3 of the seminar hours must be in entomology. The 4-hour seminar requirement is in addition to other coursework requirements listed below. In addition, each student is required to present an entrance seminar on his/her dissertation research plans during the first year of the degree program and an exit seminar on the dissertation research.
  2. Graduate Hour Requirements:
    A minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework beyond the M.S. degree excluding seminar is required. In addition to the General Course Requirements above, the candidate must complete one statistics course in addition to the statistics course required for M.S. degree. (See Ph.D. Degree Checklist)
  3. A scholarly dissertation
    representing at least eighteen additional semester hours is required. After passing the candidacy examinations (see item 7), the student must register for at least one hour of dissertation each semester and one hour during the summer session (12 weeks) until all degree requirements are satisfied. If appointed to a 12-month assistantship, the student must register for six hours/semester and three hours during the summer session.
  4. Residency Requirement:
    Students must complete two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate study to achieve residency.
  5. Grade Point Requirement:
    Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or unsatisfactory research or general academic progress will result in the evaluation of the student's performance by the Advisory Committee and a recommendation made on his/her continued status as a graduate student. The decision of the Advisory Committee may be appealed to the Faculty, Department of Entomology. (See Academic Probation Policy).
  6. Annual Academic Review: The student will submit a written report academic and research progress to his/her Advisory Committee (by February 1). The Advisory Committee will meet and assess the students progress, Following the assessment, the major advisor will discuss the committee's assessment face-to-face with the student and give the Annual Graduate Student Academic Review form to the office. It will then be sent to the Graduate School.
  7. Candidacy Examinations:
    After completion of at least 20 graduate coursework hours the student will take a written candidacy examinations as specified by the advisory committee and a Comprehensive oral examination covering entomology and supporting areas. These examinations must be successfully completed at least one academic year before the degree is conferred.
  8. Dissertation:
    A dissertation reporting original research is required (see Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations ). The dissertation title must be submitted to the office and then will go to the graduate school at least one year before the final examination. The dissertation must be submitted to the advisory committee for approval at least six weeks prior to conferral of the degree. Each committee member must receive a draft of the dissertation at least two weeks before the final oral examination. Two final copies of the dissertation and abstract must be submitted to the dean of the graduate school for approval and transmitted to Mullins library at least two weeks prior to conferral of the degree. A bound copy of the dissertation must also be delivered to the department head. (See Doctoral Dissertation Title Form )
  9. Final Oral Examination:
    The student must pass an oral examination in defense of his/her dissertation at least two weeks prior to conferral of the degree. The major professor must forward to the graduate dean, no less than ten days before the date of the final oral exam, an abstract of the dissertation accompanied by a memorandum announcing the date, time, and place of the examination. The announcement of the dissertation defense should be distributed to the departmental faculty.
  10. Application for Degree:
    A student cannot be cleared for graduation until an application for the degree has been completed in the Graduate Dean's Office and filed with the Registrar's Office and the appropriate fee paid. The degree application must be filed in the semester in which the degree is conferred. If a student fails to meet the degree requirements as anticipated the application must be renewed and a renewal fee paid.
  11. Teaching Assistance:
    Ph.D. students are strongly encouraged to assist with the teaching of a course or courses of their choosing. Interested students should contact the department head. (See Graduate Assistantship Form )
  12. Ph.D. Calendar:
    A " Doctoral Calendar for Academic Year " is available from the Graduate School which outlines the requirements and deadlines for completion of the Ph. D. Students are encouraged to obtain a copy at the beginning of each academic year.
  1. Coursework as outlined by Advisory Committee completed (minimum 30 hours)
  2. 13 hours of Entomology core courses
  3. 17 hours (minimum) completed in supporting courses (Entomology and other courses)
  4. 18 hours (minimum) of dissertation
  5. Graduate Course in Statistics (one graduate-level course beyond that required for the M.S. degree).
    • This can count toward the 17 hours of supporting courses.
  6. Seminar (4 hours)
    • This does not count toward the 17 hours in supporting courses.
  7. Dissertation based on original research in some area of entomology.
  8. Written and oral candidacy examinations covering the student's program of study are required.
  9. A final oral examination over course work and in defense of the dissertation is required.
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