Join our department to complete your M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Entomology and Nematology. Your research can be conducted with faculty on the main campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville or with faculty located at any of the 13 Research and Education Centers around the state. You can complete a non-thesis M.S. degree in Gainesville or entirely online from anywhere.
You will learn at the side of faculty who conduct world-class research and engage in impactful teaching and Extension activities. You can see our faculty members’ major research areas and current highlights here.
Applications for the fall semester, with full consideration for all fellowships and assistantships, are due by January 15. We accept applications for spring, summer and fall admissions, and suggest that you apply as early as possible. If necessary, we can process completed applications up to six weeks before a semester begins. International students should complete their applications at least five months before their desired matriculation semester to allow time for processing visa requests.
Prospective students must apply online by visiting the University of Florida admissions website, where information is available to guide the student through the application process. Prospective students are encouraged to correspond by email with the graduate coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) when they apply online.
University of Florida Graduate School Admission Requirements
Entomology and Nematology Department Admission Requirements
Please send the following to the academic program assistant, Ms. Ruth Brumbaugh (email@example.com), or append them to your online application:
To expedite review of the application, the applicant can send scanned copies of the transcripts and the GRE score report directly to Ms. Brumbaugh, in addition to arranging for official copies to be sent to the Office of Admissions (code 5812).
If the bachelor’s degree is in a non-science field, it should be supplemented with the following coursework:
Direct Admission to the Ph.D. Program (without M.S. degree)
Only the most academically talented students will be considered for acceptance into the research-intensive Ph.D. program without first completing the M.S. (thesis) degree. We believe that the M.S. degree is very good training for research and should not be bypassed, except in exceptional circumstances.
Members of the departmental Graduate Admissions committee will judge the application of each student on its own merits and admission will require a majority vote of the graduate committee members. Admission decisions are made based on the individually-perceived likelihood of the applicant’s success in their proposed graduate program.
Most students doing an M.S. (thesis) or Ph.D. will be offered employment as a graduate research assistant by the faculty member for whom they will be working. This assistantship will provide a stipend, health insurance, and waiver of tuition fees. A limited number of positions is available every semester.
We have a limited number of graduate school fellowships that are provided to only our most highly qualified Ph.D. program applicants. Fellows can only matriculate in the fall semester and must apply by January 15. Some graduate students are funded by their place of employment (e.g., USDA, State of Florida) or by scholarships or fellowships from their governments. The Entomology and Nematology graduate committee will not vote on applications until the prospective student has found a research advisor and has identified a source of funding. The graduate coordinator or the academic program assistant can help prospective students find research advisors and a source of funding. Self-funding for non-thesis programs is acceptable, and prospective students should investigate student financial aid options.
In addition to traditional M.S. and Ph.D. programs, you may be interested in these other graduate education options.
Our department is pleased to offer place-bound students the opportunity to pursue an online non-thesis M.S. degree or certificate. These same certificates are available for our on-campus students as well!
Our department also provides an active, lead role in the UF/IFAS, CALS Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) Program. The DPM program has different program entry requirements and application procedures from what you may have found on this page for the Entomology and Nematology Department’s graduate programs.
Watch this video to see your opportunities for graduate study in Entomology and Nematology.
If you have any questions about application procedures or our graduate programs, please contact our academic program assistant or the graduate coordinator.
Ms. Ruth Brumbaugh
Dr. Heather McAuslane