Graduate Program

Purdue’s Department of Entomology provides opportunity and an environment for advanced study in which students, guided by faculty mentors, prepare for careers as scientists and teachers of the highest quality. Graduate study stresses the development of the individual in their chosen specialty. The goal of our program is to produce graduates with a broad and diverse scientific background and a wide range of experiences useful in the fulfillment of their career objectives. Because of the emphasis on individual programs of study, students have the opportunity to challenge traditions, to discover new knowledge, and to become engaged with a variety of scholarly and societal challenges. Students are expected to reflect and surpass, in some measure, the scholarly accomplishments of the faculty mentors with whom they study. This challenge for high achievement creates a dynamic and exciting atmosphere for graduate study.


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Degrees and Programs


The Department of Entomology offers programs leading to the degrees of:



In general, the Department recommends a M.S. before the Ph.D., however, exceptional students may apply directly to the Ph.D. program.


Timely Completion of Degree:


  • Ph.D. (with M.S.) - no more than 4 calendar years
  • Ph.D. (w/o M.S.) - no more than 5 calendar years
  • M.S. - no more than 3 calendar years


Entomology graduate students may pursue research in the following program areas:


  • Aquatic entomology
  • Biological control
  • Forensic entomology
  • Insect biochemistry and cell biology
  • Insect-plant interactions
  • Insect toxicology
  • Integrated pest management
  • Invasion biology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Molecular, behavioral, and population genetics
  • Nematology
  • Systematic entomology and nematology
  • Urban and industrial entomology
  • Vector biology
  • Veterinary & livestock entomology


For more information on The Graduate School Program, please see the Graduate School Handbook.​​​


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