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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


2017-2018: $20,800

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 Assessment Plan


Learning Goals

Graduate training in Entomology should provide students with personal and professional development that both aids their learning during their time at Cornell and provides them with key skills to help bring success in post-graduate life.  The learning goals for the Graduate Field of Entomology are divided into three umbrella categories: Intellectual Development, Research Ability, and Communication Skills.  There are multiple distinct learning goals in each categorical area, with tangible assessment metrics used to evaluate student and program success with each goal.

The Field of Entomology learning goals apply to both M.S. and Ph.D. students and  can be generally summarized as follows:  It is expected that students in Entomology will become intellectually mature scientists, with developed critical thinking skills and an ability to assimilate information from multiple sources.  Entomology graduates are expected to be expert in their specific subdiscipline of training, and are expected to be knowledgeable about biology in general.  It is expected that students in Entomology will hone their communication skills, developing the ability to communicate orally and in writing with peers, colleagues, and the general public.

Expected Proficiencies for Entomology Students

The following are specific Proficiencies that Ph.D. and M.S students are expected to develop during their tenure at Cornell.  The Proficiencies are divided into three conceptual areas.  A table of Assessment indicators for each Proficiency is given at the end of this document.


Students in Entomology are expected to:

* 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


By the time they graduate, Entomology students should be able to:

* 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


During their time in the Entomology program, students should:

* 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.