The department admits students for the fall semester. Spring admittance is granted under unforeseen circumstances only. Admissions are competitive. Domestic students should consider submitting all application materials by April 1.
Prerequisites to Degree Program: Applicants for graduate degrees must meet all the requirements for admission to the Graduate School in addition to requirements set by the Department of Entomology that follow.
Applicants without a master’s degree will be accepted into the departmental program based on grade-point average (GPA), letters of recommendation, résumé, and an adviser in the student’s area of interest. Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination scores for the verbal, quantitative, and writing tests. To be accepted for the Master of Science degree, an undergraduate background in physical and biological sciences is essential. An undergraduate major in entomology is not required. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is highly desirable.
To be accepted for work toward the Ph.D. degree, the student will normally have a master’s degree from an accredited institution in entomology or a closely related field. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for courses taken at the graduate level is highly desirable. Applicants without a master’s degree will be evaluated for undergraduate research experience and strong academic credentials. Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination scores for the verbal, quantitative, and writing tests.
Department required documents to be uploaded in the Graduate School application portal:
The department’s graduate program committee reads each letter of recommendation carefully, therefore it is important that the applicants select appropriate writers. Students should choose letter writers who will be able to speak to the applicant’s potential success in the M.S. program. The letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s strengths, problem-solving skills, motivation, and the likelihood of completing the program.
Successful applicants ask their academic advisors, professors, or a past employer from an internship or job to write their letters of recommendation. The relationship between the applicant and letter writer will be noted by the graduate program committee. Applicants should not ask family members or friends.
In a few days after completing the application for admission, the Graduate School will solicit the names and email addresses of those you choose to write letters of recommendation. Letter writers will then be sent an email from the U of A recognizing they have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for the applicant. They must submit their letters online.
A Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page statement reviewing your background, your interest in the Entomology Graduate Studies program, and your future career goals. It should include references to past academic/professional experiences, but should primarily focus on the future. You should express why your experiences and interests make you a good fit for our graduate program.
Remember, it is an example of your writing ability.
Highlighting experience, education, extracurricular activities, and scholastic honors.
Prospective students wishing to acquire financial support as a graduate assistant apply for a graduate assistantship.