Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in entomology? Learn more about our program requirement, the admissions process, and how to apply.
Prospective students seeking admission to the entomology graduate program at NC State must meet the admission requirements of both the Graduate School and the department, (shown below) and complete an online application.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- A minimum score of 300 is required for admission to the entomology M.S. program.
- A minimum score of 306 (1000 under the old scoring system) is required for admission to the entomology Ph.D. program.
International applicants must take the GRE unless they can present evidence that taking the exam will be a hardship for them. Considering that the GRE is given in English at an early stage of an international student’s career, we make adjustments for GRE scores lower than 300.
English Proficiency for International Students
To be eligible for admission to the NC State Graduate School, All international applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program. Visit the Graduate School Handbook for more information about satisfying the English proficiency requirement.
Establishing North Carolina Residency
The Entomology Graduate Program Recruitment Committee (composed of five faculty members) reviews all complete graduate student applications. This review process requires about two weeks. Each committee member acts separately on the documentation, and the action is summarized and forwarded to the department head for his consideration.
Once the department review is complete, the director of the entomology graduate program will notify the Graduate School of the recommendation for acceptance or denial. The Graduate School will make the final decision. Students can visit the Graduate School website to check their application status. View the application deadlines and timelines for the application review process below.Check Your Application
Note: Entomology program deadlines are earlier than those of the Graduate School.
|U.S. Citizens||January 15||August 1|
|International Students||January 15||July 15|
|DPG Recommendations for International Students||April 1||September 15|
Notice of Acceptance
After the Graduate Student Affairs Committee reviews the application, the name, interests, and qualifications of approved applicants will be circulated among all department faculty members to match the prospective student with an advisor. Due to limitations in space and funds, we will accept the student into the graduate program only after we have identified a major advisor and appropriate financial support. If no faculty member can assume such responsibility, acceptance will be denied. If the student does find a faculty member and financial support, he/she will be notified by the dean of the Graduate School of final acceptance. Students may be admitted for a specific semester or summer session and are given full or provisional status.
- To be considered for admission in full graduate standing, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized as the standard by a regional or general accrediting agency and must have at least a “B” (3.0) average in the undergraduate major or in the latest graduate degree program.
- Provisional admission may be granted to applicants with bachelor’s degrees from accredited institutions but who lack undergraduate work that is considered essential for graduate study in a major field. Coursework, without graduate credit, will be required to make up such deficiencies before admission to full status can be granted.
- Full graduate standing is granted when the deficiencies responsible for the provisional status are corrected provided that the student has maintained a satisfactory academic record (3.0 GPA) on all coursework taken in a graduate classification. A change from provisional status to full graduate standing is effected only upon the recommendation of the department in which the student is seeking the degree.
- Students with bachelor’s degrees from accredited institutions whose scholastic records are below the standards for admission to full graduate standing may be admitted provisionally when unavoidable, extenuating circumstances affected their undergraduate averages or when progressive improvement in their undergraduate work warrants provisional admission. Students admitted provisionally under these circumstances will have their status changed to full graduate standing after completion of nine or more graduate credit hours following admission provided the student has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Choosing an Advisor
The availability of graduate teaching and research assistantships varies each year. Faculty often have assistantship funds from grants for specific projects. There are few department-funded research and teaching assistantships distributed annually. We give consideration for assistantships only after the student’s application has been approved by the Graduate Student Recruitment Committee. Visit our Financial Assistance page for more information about financial aid available in the department and on-campus.
- 2½ years (5 semesters) for the M.S. degree
- 3½ years (7 semesters) for the Ph.D. with M.S.
- 4½ years (9 semesters) for the Ph.D. without M.S.
Specific fellowships and scholarships:
- Provost Fellowships – One-year award with stipend level to be determined by the fellow’s respective college. These fellowships are designed to help college and department efforts to recruit outstanding new doctoral students to NC State University. Prospective students cannot apply but must be nominated by their department and college.
- Graduate School Fellowships
- Wilkson Graduate Ethics Fellowships – Two available, requirement: Ethics/Responsible, conduct research
- SREB Doctoral Scholars Program – Four available, $25,000 for the first year. Requirement: Underrepresented minorities within Ph.D. programs
- University Graduate Fellowships – $4,000, no deadline, “best and brightest”
- Graduate Teaching Fellowships – Provides opportunities for doctoral students to have significant teaching experiences
- ENT 110 Fellowships: This course offers student fellows real-world experience in teaching two lab sections (first year, fall semester) and one lecture section (second year, fall semester) of an Agricultural Institute class with an enrollment of 40 students. The course allows students to operate independently, transfer course materials between semesters, and student fellow revisions to course materials. A recent change in instructors is offering the opportunity to change this format to a more structured format that focuses on maximizing the learning experience for fellows. Changes underway include: 1) extensive updating and revision of course materials and structure; 2) development of evaluation rubrics and schedules for the fellows to get extensive feedback during their teaching semesters; 3) a rubric for professional development of teaching skills in the semesters between their teaching semesters.
- ENT 201 – Insects and People: This is a sophomore-level science course for non-science majors taught by Clyde Sorenson. Under this option, during the fall semester, the incumbent will prepare for his/her teaching experience through observation in the classroom, participation in university teaching workshops, and development of pedagogy for the teaching semester. The student will then teach a small (ca. 22-student) section of ENT 201, designated ENT 201Q, for the University First Year Inquiry program, which is limited to freshmen.
- Urban Entomology Graduate Fellowship – The David R. Nimocks, Jr. Fellowship supports graduate training in the development and application of the principles of Integrated Pest Management in the structural, human-built environment. Visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more about this fellowship.
- Structural Pest Management Training Facility Assistantship – Works at the training facility helping to prepare insect teaching collections and have the opportunity to participate in training programs. Contact Dr. Michael Waldvogel for availability.
- NCPMA – North Carolina Education Foundation Scholarship – A $1,500 scholarship from the NC Pest Management Association awarded annually to a graduate student in the indoor urban entomology program.
How to Apply
A completed graduate school application includes:
- Online Graduate School Application (request information)
- One (1) official transcript from each college/university previously attended
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals at institutions or businesses where you have studied or worked
- Statement of purpose: a 1-2 page summary describing your interests in entomology and reasons for attending graduate school
- A non-refundable application fee of $65.00 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or $75.00 for Non-Resident Aliens (International Students)
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Prospective students whose native language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
NOTE: Applications will not be processed until they are complete (i.e., all seven of these requirements have been met and received by the department).
- Complete application process (See How to Apply above)
- Identify an advisor (See Choosing an Advisor above)
- Establish an advisory committee (see below)
ALL graduate students are required to meet certain minimum credit requirements in order to graduate.
- M.S. students: 30 credits
- Ph.D. students: 72 credits
Every graduate student is required to complete a Plan of Work (POW) prior to the end of their second semester. The POW lists the schedule of courses that the student and his or her graduate advisory committee have decided for the graduate program. Students submit the POW through MyPackPortal.
Note: Credit transfers (M.S. to Ph.D.) – Entomology students who earn their M.S. degree from NC State University and continue for a Ph.D. without a break in time between programs may transfer 36 credits to fulfill the Ph.D. credit requirement. All other students entering the Ph.D. program may transfer 18 credits from a master’s degree program if approved by the student’s advisory committee and by the Graduate School.
Course and Credit Requirements
Required Courses for All Students
Students, along with their Graduate Committees, will decide what courses are needed for the graduate program and these will be included in the Plan of Work.
Graduate-level entomology courses (not including ENT 620/820 Special Problems, ENT 695/895 Research, or ENT 601/801 Seminars*):
- M.S. or M.E.: 9 graded credit hours
- Ph.D.: 9 graded credit hours
- ENT 591/791 Special Topics courses may be used to meet the additional 6 or 9 hours of required courses, but only if a letter grade is given for credit, not an S or U grade.
- M.S. and M.E. students: 2 credits of ENT 601 Seminar
- Ph.D. students: 3 credits of ENT 801 Seminar
Visit the NC State course catalog to see a complete listing of entomology graduate and undergraduate courses. Entomology graduate students cannot take 495 level and below courses without special consideration.
Establish an Advisory Committee
Students must choose a graduate advisory committee and file a Request to Appoint a Graduate Advisory Committee before the end of their second semester. To broaden the student’s education, it is recommended that the graduate committee include at least one member from outside the department.