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Entomology M.S./Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Excellent facilities for laboratory and field studies include the outstanding Entomology Library and a renowned insect collection on the Cornell campus. The Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva are outstanding research facilities.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-6198

2134 Comstock Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • acarology
  • apiculture
  • applied entomology
  • aquatic entomology
  • biological control
  • general entomology (minor)
  • insect behavior
  • insect biochemistry
  • insect ecology
  • insect genetics
  • insect morphology
  • insect pathology
  • insect physiology
  • insect systematics
  • insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry
  • integrated pest management
  • medical and veterinary entomology



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL or IELTS Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology (optional)

Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate intellectual engagement
  • Develop the ability to assimilate information and knowledge from multiple sources
  • Develop critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate assumptions in an argument, analyze arguments, and formulate coherent opinions
  • Develop and demonstrate creativity in research, teaching, and extension arenas
  • Become established as a member of the research/extension community


  • Master appropriate research methodologies
  • Analyze and interpret their own research findings
  • Place their own research into context 
  • Effectively communicate research findings orally and in writing


  • Develop oral communication skills, including the ability to present research and/or extension and/or outreach material in a way that is compelling and audience-appropriate
  • Develop written communication skills, specifically emphasizing scientific publication in the primary literature and extension/outreach publication for the general public.  Written communication may be both traditional and web-based.