MS & PhD in Entomology

Clemson University

Program Description

MS & PhD in Entomology

Clemson University

The mission of the entomology graduate program at Clemson University is to support and encourage our graduate students and to provide them with state-of-the-art learning, research, and outreach experiences that will prepare them to become scientific pioneers and leaders in entomology.

The entomology graduate program, administered through the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, offers two research degrees. The MS and PhD degree programs require the student to conduct research leading to a thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).

(Note: Students interested in pursuing a non-thesis MS in integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture may do so in the plant and environmental sciences graduate program. See for more information)

The entomology faculty are known for their commitment to teaching and working with students. They are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their research fields, which fall in three focus areas: applied agricultural entomology, arthropod biodiversity, and urban entomology.

Financial Aid

Students in the entomology graduate program are primarily supported as research assistants (RAs); prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty with overlapping research interests (here) to determine availability of support. In addition to RAs, the school offers a number of competitive graduate assistantships to students each year, based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission.

(Note: Students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours per fall and spring semester, and three credit hours per summer I and summer II, to qualify for a graduate research or teaching assistantship.)

Program of Study

Students will design a curricular plan of study with their advisory committee. The course of study will include core courses (covering insect morphology, physiology, taxonomy, and statistics) and graduate journal clubs. Additionally, students in the Clemson entomology graduate program regularly participate in outreach activities to foster communication and interaction abilities, and in programmatic and other research seminars. PhD students are required to assist with teaching one course, and all students are required to produce and disseminate research-based oral presentation(s) and manuscript(s). Together, this plan of study provides students an excellent preparation for their chosen careers.


The entomology graduate program is administered on campus at Clemson, approximately a two-hour transit from several major airports and larger cities including Atlanta and Charlotte. Excellent resources are available on campus, including highly dedicated research, teaching, and extension faculty and staff. Clemson University offers outstanding research resources, including molecular and cellular (e.g., world-class electron and light microscopy and genomic BAC libraries), organismal (e.g., natural history museum and large in-house arthropod collection), and ecological (e.g., the ~17,000-acre Clemson Experimental Forest with field sites within 15 minutes, and the Appalachian foothills within one hour). The library has superb electronic and physical resources, facilitating research efforts. In addition to on-campus faculty, a number of faculty are located across the state of South Carolina, at Research and Education Centers, where research plots related to agricultural entomology are located. These sites are equipped with state-of-the-art agricultural mechanization and computerization and other technologies. The recent merger of the entomology graduate program into the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences has increased natural resources research and advising potential.

Application Requirements    

  • Online Application
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
    For International Students whom English is not the native language.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Official Transcripts required upon acceptance. Do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.
  • At least two Letters of Recommendation
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
Full time
3,672 USD
Start date Oct. 2016
USA Clemson, South Carolina
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Price 3,672 USD
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