Entomology Graduate Program
Graduate Studies in Entomology
Entomology has been a core component of Purdue and the College of Agriculture since 1879. Much has changed since then, but the importance of insects is greater than ever. Insect species outnumber all other living organisms, and can be both helpful and harmful to our society. Insects can also be used as models for the study of larger questions in ecology, genetics and evolution. Our award-winning faculty explore a broad range of research areas that can prepare you for many different rewarding entomology careers. We encourage all of students to explore opportunities well beyond the confines of entomology, including multi-disciplinary research, leadership roles throughout the university, career development and international broadening opportunities.
Purdue entomology has had a long history of working in both the basic and applied research arenas. Our basic research focus is strongest in the areas of plant/insect interactions, broadly defined. Applied entomological research in the department covers most major agricultural commodities grown in the Midwest, as well as urban and forest settings. Most of the applied research is guided by evolving needs among our stakeholders within the state and elsewhere and include a strong extension component. This work extends into Africa, Central Asia and Latin America where Purdue faculty and graduate students are currently leading long-term research and training projects. Additionally, outreach to K-12 students and community service has been a long-term strength of the department as well, with graduate student involvement in research associated with outreach and adult education.
Potential applicants for the MS or PhD programs in entomology at Purdue must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:
- GPA 3.0 or above
- GRE scores (within past 5 years and generally looking for scores above the 70% range)
- TOEFL score above 77 (International applicants only)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Two sets of official transcripts from all institutions of high education attended
- One copy of all higher education degrees obtained
- Application form (Apply yourself on the Graduate School website)
- Statement of purpose
The entomology graduate program provides funding to all admitted students. Funding can be established through teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty directly regarding funding and graduate position opportunities. Applicants interested in fellowship support should have their application completed by Dec 1 for a fall admission. More detailed admission information can be found on the graduate requirements website.