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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance








Pick, Leslie, Full Member

Graduate Director

Shultz, Jeffrey, Full Member

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

St.Leger, Raymond, Full Member


Brown, Amy, Full Member

Mitter, Charles, Full Member

O'Brochta, David A., Full Member

Palmer, Margaret, Full Member

Pick, Leslie, Full Member

Raupp, Michael, Full Member

St.Leger, Raymond, Full Member

Via, Sara, Full Member

Associate Professor

Gruner, Daniel, Full Member

Hawthorne, David, Full Member

Hooks, Cerruti, Full Member

Lamp, William, Full Member

Neel, Maile, Full Member

Shrewsbury, Paula, Full Member

Shultz, Jeffrey, Full Member

Wang, Jian, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Fritz, Megan, Non-Member

Hamby, Kelly, Full Member

vanEngelsdorp, Dennis, Adjunct Member

Adjunct Professor

Davis, Donald, Special Member

Labandeira, Conrad, Special Member

Pettis, Jeffery S., Special Member

Schultz, Ted, Adjunct Member

Adjunct Associate Professor

Lill, John, Special Member

Scheffer, Sonja, Special Member

Affiliate Associate Professor

Pal, Utpal, Full Member

Wu, Louisa, Full Member


Kent, Bretton W, Full Member

O'Brien, Tammatha, Full Member

Shapiro, Leo, Full Member

Shofner, Marcia, Full Member

Professor Emerita

Thorne, Barbara, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Barbosa, Pedro, Full Member

Davidson, John A, Full Member

Dively, Galen II, Full Member

Hellman, John, Full Member

Ma, Michael, Full Member

Messersmith, Donald, Full Member

More ENTM Faculty Information

Entomology (ENTM)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Department of Entomology offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. Graduate students may conduct research in a range of both basic and applied topics, including insect ecology and behavior, physiology, morphology, evolution and biosystematics, insect pathology, molecular biology and genetics, aquatic entomology, pollinator biology and apiculture, and integrated pest management.

Employment opportunities for graduates exist in industry; academia and extension; federal, state and local governments; private and non-profit arenas; and in international and national spheres.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Description of Research

Students applying for graduate work in entomology are expected to have a strong background in the biological or agricultural sciences, chemistry, genetics, and mathematics. An undergraduate degree in entomology is not required, but a strong basic preparation is preferred for admission to the program.

Admission is granted on the basis of the following criteria by the Graduate Affairs Committee: Analysis of transcripts, including course selection and GPA, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose for pursuing the degree, GRE scores, and acceptance by a graduate faculty advisor. International applicants must also submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, iBT or IELTS scores). Acceptance by an advisor is absolutely required; thus, it helps to make contact with faculty when applying.

Upon admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program, the student’s study committee suggests a program of course work and approves a detailed research proposal.

‚ÄčApplicants are encouraged to contact Entomology faculty with shared research interests. To explore matches of your interests with those of ENTM faculty, see the Entomology website.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits

BSCI 481: Insect Diversity and Classification (4 credits)

ENTM 699W: Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

Three topic seminars, one of which must be in Bioethics (credits may vary)

ENTM 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)


In the M.S. program, the student is given latitude in the selection of the advisory study committee, the choice of a study area, and the selection of a research program. The student must take core courses and specific courses required by the study area committee. The M.S. degree is awarded following the successful completion of course work (24 credits), thesis research (6 credits) and thesis defense.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 28 credits of coursework including, three core courses and five topic seminars (ENTM 798). In addition, students are required to complete 12 credits of ENTM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research, pass a qualifying exam, and attend all Entomology Colloquium sessions. 

Required core courses:

BSCI 480: Arthropod Form and Function (4 credits)

BSCI 481: Insect Diversity and Classification (4 credits)

ENTM 699W: Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology (3 credits)


The Ph.D. program provides diverse opportunities for the selection of a dissertation question, composition of advisory committee, and selection of an area of specialization. In addition to core course requirements, course work (28 credits) and dissertation research (12 credits), targeting an area of specialization is determined by the advisory study committee. Following completion of most course work, the student must pass a proposal defense and oral qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy. The degree is awarded after successful completion of the dissertation defense exam.


Facilities and Special Resources

The department is housed in a modern research facility on campus, where state-of-the-art offices, laboratories, environmental growth chambers, multimedia classrooms, and lecture halls provide an excellent environment for research and teaching. Students have individual work stations and access to sophisticated computer graphic facilities. The department also shares extensive technical expertise and scientific equipment with other departments on campus. The university’s strategic location in the Washington, DC area provides many opportunities for students to conduct research and gain hands-on experience in federal facilities, such as the Smithsonian Institution, USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and NIH. Vast resources are available in the university’s library system and nearby federal libraries. The USDA’s National Agriculture Library at Beltsville is only four miles from the campus, and the Library of Congress is in nearby Washington, DC. Besides the main campus, the Maryland Agriculture Experiment Station has Research and Education Centers in the state where field and laboratory work is carried out on urban and agricultural insects. Land use and technical services at these centers are available to faculty and students.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students are supported primarily in two ways. Many students are supported by extramural funding sources, usually obtained by the student’s faculty advisor or student for research on a specific topic. The second type of support is provided by the department from internal funds via university and departmental fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships. Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester. Those students whose records indicate superior academic achievement and promise may also be competitive for university and departmental fellowships. Several part-time employment opportunities are also available in governmental and private research and developmental laboratories in the area. Regardless of the initial source of funding, the department makes a financial commitment to each graduate student. In the case of master’s students, support is provided for the first three years of the program only. In the case of doctoral students, five years of support is provided but must be used during the first six years of the student’s program. Support is usually for the full 12 months per year.

Contact Statement

The department website describes the mission and administrative organization of the department; the faculty and staff; the teaching, research, and extension programs; and the facilities. The website also gives additional information on the graduate program, including requirements for admission, course requirements, examinations, seminars, research areas and facilities.



Graduate Director, Dr. Jeffrey Shultz

Department of Entomology, 4112 Plant Sciences Building, University of Maryland, College Park,

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-7519

Fax: 301-314-9290


Associated Information





Physiology; Morphology; Toxicology; Biosystematics; Ecology and Behavior; Aquatic Insects; Medical Entomology; Insect Pathology; Economic Entomology; Pest Management; Plant-Insect Interaction; Molecular Genetics; Developmental Biology; Evolution; Environmental Risk Assessment.


Biological Sciences (BISI)

Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES)

Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology (CONS)