Applications for Fall 2020 admission must be received by Friday, December 13, 2019!
*Unless there are special circumstances, we do not accept applicants for the Spring semester*
The Department of Entomology provides graduate training in a welcoming and supportive environment. We hope you will apply to our program!
Applicants to the graduate program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in entomology but are expected to have formal training in biology, mathematics, chemistry and genetics. Graduates with non-science degrees are encouraged to apply but, if accepted, may be required to remedy deficiencies early in their program.
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Admission is granted on the basis of the following criteria:
- Quality of previous graduate and undergraduate work. The Graduate School requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). 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 general test is required and the Biology subject test is recommended but not required. Maryland's institutional code is 5814. Receipt of official scores is required before an application will be considered.
- 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. The statement should highlight your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Entomology and should describe past experiences and accomplishments that bear on your goals. The review committee is particularly interested in academic work, research projects, publications, presentations, awards or professional experiences that have shaped your interests and development. It is also useful to describe how the specific opportunities offered by the University of Maryland may be beneficial in pursuing your goals, especially the interests and research of one or more potential faculty advisors.
- 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. If you take the iBT or IELTS exams you do NOT need to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
- In most cases, acceptance by a faculty advisor or co-advisors is required for admission into the graduate program. However, well-qualified applicants may request a series of rotations among labs of multiple faculty before selecting a permanent advisor.
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University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Applicants must pay a non-refundable $75 application fee for each program to which he/she applies. Fee waivers may be available. Please contact...
Information for International Applicants
- 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 for 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 receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please the International Admissions section of the Graduate School website for more information.
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Late applications may be reviewed if the student makes a special request in writing.
The Committee recommends acceptable students to the faculty for review. 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.
Acceptable applicants will be invited to visit the Department of Entomology for an interview/recruitment event during late February or early March, with the costs of travel and meals paid by the department.
Following approval, the applicant will receive an offer of admission from the Graduate School specifying date of entrance and an offer letter from the Department indicating the stipend level, duration of support, and amount of tuition remission. To be admitted, you must respond affirmatively to both the offer from the Department and the offer from the Graduate School. Changes to the offer letter, including change of effective date, change of advisor, etc. require authorization by the Graduate Director.
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