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Applying to the Entomology and Insect Science Graduate Program

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Students from a variety of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the EIS program. A baccalaureate degree must be completed in some area of science. Ordinarily, two semesters of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics are required for admission. Candidates for admission may submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), however, this requirement has been made optional. Credit earned for a Master's degree may be transferred toward a Ph.D. in Entomology & Insect Science by following the procedures established by the Graduate College and by approval of the EIS Executive Committee. The Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates the entire admissions file. Deficiencies in one or two of the areas described above should not discourage interested applicants from applying.

Each new student must have a major advisor and this is their home lab.  Therefore, contact with your chosen faculty member must be established before submitting an application.  It is wise to have several faculty members that you wish to work with in case your first choice cannot accept new students or has no funding for future years.   This is very important since many faculty members do not have space in their labs and cannot take on another graduate student, or they may not have funding for a new student for the future years.  Even if you gain entrance to the program with your own funding, a major professor must be chosen by each student.

International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit scores from an English Proficiency test, as outlined on the Graduate College website. Additional information can be found here:


Application Instructions

Step 1. Applying to the University of Arizona Graduate College

Using the Graduate College website, prospective students can apply online. The application fee is US $85 for domestic applicants, $95 for international applicants. International Students should include the Graduate College Financial Guarantee Form.

Step 2. Within the University of Arizona Graduate College Application

Choose a program

  1. It is when completing this portion of your Graduate College Application that you will choose the Entomology and Insect Science graduate program.

Please submit the following:

  1. Personal Statement that includes:
    • Why you selected this program
    • A summary of your academic and professional background
    • Your specific interests in entomology and/or insect science
    • Your career goals and objectives
    • Identification of possible mentors (see Faculty list)
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Copies of transcripts of previous academic records from all institutions attended.  (Official copies are required if you are recommended for admission)
  4.  TOEFL for international students.  Official scores should be sent to code 4832.
  5. Optional: GRE official test scores (upload a copy and send official scores): GRE Official scores may be sent to code 4832 

Application Deadline:

The EIS program ordinarily accepts new students only for the fall semester. The deadline for applications is December 1st. Interviews are typically scheduled in January or early February for fall admission. If you have questions, please contact Paula Nielsen.

Application Status:

To check the status of your application please contact Paula Nielsen or 520-621-0847.

Contact Information:

Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Entomology & Insect Science; Paula Nielsen Program Coordinator; Marley 641G, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Last updated 29 Oct 2021