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Entomology 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.

For doctoral degree candidates, a prescriptive academic review is required and is usually held during the first year. The qualifying examination should be taken by the fifth semester.

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.