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Incoming students typically have formal training in basic sciences - biology, mathematics, chemistry, and genetics. An undergraduate degree in entomology is not required. Students from non-science backgrounds are also encouraged to apply but may need to remedy deficiencies as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Acceptance into the department is based upon approval by the Graduate Affairs Committee, sponsorship by a faculty advisor who will provide laboratory space and guidance during your thesis research, and admission by the Graduate School.
Admission is granted on the basis of the following criteria:
- Quality of previous graduate and undergraduate work. The Graduate School requires as a minimum standard a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university.) For Ph.D. applicants, graduate as well as undergraduate grades are considered. Depending on the applicants' interests, performance within specific courses also may be considered. Official transcripts of all previous academic training must be submitted.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. The aptitude test is required and the Biology Subject test is recommended because it may provide helpful information to evaluate the applicant.
- Strength of three letters of recommendation from persons competent to judge the applicant's probable success in graduate school. These letters are usually from applicant's former professors who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of applicant's strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. Additional recommendations may come from employers or supervisors who are familiar with applicant's work experience.
- Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences, and their relation to the intended program of study. These statements also help the Graduate Affairs Committee identify potential faculty sponsors with similar research interests.
- International students must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, internet based exam, iBT) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Maryland's institutional code is 5814; no departmental code is needed. Minimum and provisional scores required for admission can be found here. If you take the iBT or IELTS exams you do NOT need to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
- Acceptance by a faculty advisor is absolutely required; thus, it is important to make early contact with faculty that share your research interests.
- Supporting evidence of graduate potential, such as publications, grant proposals, specific work experience, or special skills.
- When applicable, official letters may be required, stating terms and conditions of support if applicant is entering a graduate program with previously arranged financial assistance from a granting agency, government, or employer.
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- Contact Potential Faculty Advisors
Acceptance by a faculty advisor is absolutely required; thus, it is important to make early contact with faculty that share your research interests.
- University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process
The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.
As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:
- Graduate application
- Statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation
- Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
- Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies
Information for International Graduate Students
The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.
The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.
- Accept the Offer
If you receive an offer letter from the department, you will need to send a letter of acceptance in response. Changes to the offer letter, including change of effective date, change of advisor, etc. require authorization by the Department.
- Register for Classes
Failure to register for the authorized semester voids the offer of admission.
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Complete applications are reviewed annually in January for admission in the Fall semester. Late applications may be reviewed if the student makes a special request in writing. Applications are evaluated for acceptability to the Graduate Program.
The Committee recommends acceptable students to the faculty for review. No student is accepted without a faculty sponsor.Therefore, it is strongly recommended that applicants initiate discussions with potential faculty advisors well before the application deadlines. Once a commitment of faculty sponsorship and financial support is made, the Graduate Director recommends acceptance to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean then grants acceptance if all Graduate School requirements have been met. International students must also meet minimum requirements from Office of International Services.
Following approval, the applicant will receive a written offer of admission from the Graduate School specifying date of entrance and a letter from the Department indicating the stipend level, duration of support, and amount of tuition remitted. To confirm your place in the class the offer of admission requires a response. Changes to the offer letter, including change of effective date, change of advisor, etc. require authorization by the Department. Failure to register for the authorized semester also voids the offer of admission.
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