Entomology, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology


chair of department: May R. Berenbaum

co-directors of graduate studies: Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and Samuel N. Beshers


overview of department admissions & requirements: https://sib.illinois.edu/entomology/graduate_admissions/

overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: https://sib.illinois.edu/entomology/

department faculty: https://sib.illinois.edu/entomology/faculty

college website: Liberal Arts & Sciences: https://las.illinois.edu/


department office: 320 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-2910

email: entowork@life.illinois.edu


The Department of Entomology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The program is designed to accommodate incoming students with a wide range of entomological expertise. The goal of the program is to provide students with a strong background in basic biology as it relates to insects and to equip them with the specialized intellectual and technical skills to pursue a career in research, teaching, and service in entomology and related biological disciplines.

Major areas of specialization within the department include systematics, evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, genomics, chemical ecology, disease ecology, invasion biology, toxicology, pollinator health, social insect biology, insect-microbe interactions, conservation biology, and integrated pest management.


Graduate Degree Programs in Entomology

Entomology, MS

concentration: Computational Science & Engineering

Entomology, PhD

concentration: Computational Science & Engineering


Admission

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are not required by our Department but can be submitted if they will support your application. A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, is required. Previous training in entomology is unnecessary. It is recommended that students who intend to study for advanced degrees in entomology gain a thorough grounding in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and the liberal arts. Spring admission is possible for special circumstances.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program and serving as a teaching assistant for at least two semesters is required.

Financial Aid

Graduate student awards are available, including teaching and research assistantships. In addition, fellowships, and traineeships are offered by the Graduate College and the School of Integrative Biology. A single application to the department is sufficient for consideration for all awards currently available.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology


A candidate for the Ph.D. degree should be conversant with entomological aspects of ecology, genetics, systematics, physiology, and integrated pest management. The candidate must demonstrate professional competence in a specialized area by presenting an acceptable thesis based on original research designed in consultation with a faculty adviser and approved by a graduate faculty thesis committee.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

Select 0-20 hours from the following:0-20
Insect Physiology
Insect Ecology
Insect Classification and Evol
Insect Pest Management
Genomic Analysis of Insects
IB 526Seminar in Entomology (Special Topics)3
Statistics course4
ENT 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours64

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Prescription Exam Required (administered upon entrance into program) Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
The grade point average required for degree certification is 3.0 (A = 4.0).
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

Select 20 hours from the following:20
Insect Physiology
Insect Ecology
Insect Classification and Evol
Insect Pest Management
Genomic Analysis of Insects
IB 526Seminar in Entomology (Special Topics)3
Statistics course4
ENT 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours96

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Prescription Exam Required (administered upon entrance into program) Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
The grade point average required for degree certification is 3.0 (A = 4.0).
Minimum GPA: 3.0