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MS in Entomology and Plant Pathology University of Tennessee




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The MS degree is designed to provide students with the basic disciplinary knowledge and research background for a career in the life sciences. Graduates have proven to be competitive in obtaining positions at academic institutions, in public service or the private sector, or admission to Ph.D. programs. Many of the specialties within the department involve cross-disciplinary activity, including close cooperation with ecologists, horticulturists, plant geneticists, soil scientists, and veterinarians. The department has special interest and expertise in alternative methods of insect and disease management, such as biological control, resistant cultivars, cultural techniques, and integrated pest management to help meet the need for safe food production without or with reduced use of pesticides.

Concentrations (Required for Thesis Only) and Options Available

Project: No concentrations available
Thesis: Bioinformatics and Genomics, Entomology, Plant Pathology

Project Option, No Concentrations

There are no concentrations for the Project option. In lieu of a thesis, students are required to complete a project/practicum and prepare a written report summarizing the project findings. Projects will focus on topics in entomology, plant pathology, or bioinformatics. Students working on a project/practicum must complete 30 credit hours of graduate credit, which includes one to four credit hours of EPP 503, and an acceptable seminar presentation for one credit hour.

Bioinformatics and Genomics, Thesis Option

In addition to a solid biological background in entomology, plant pathology or a combination of the two, students will gain foundational knowledge in bioinformatics and genomics. Students concentrating in bioinformatics and genomics can study biological sequencing and analysis of DNA and RNA, epigenetics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, phylogenomics, genotyping by sequencing, differential gene expression, population genomics, gene interactions and/or proteomics. A student with prior coursework and/or experience may petition the EPP faculty for a course exemption(s). An exemption may be granted by majority vote on the basis of documentary evidence, or written and/or oral exams.

Entomology Concentration, Thesis Option

Entomology is an interdisciplinary science that specializes in plant, human, and animal health with a focus on problematic and beneficial insects. Students who wish to prepare for further graduate studies or careers as researchers, teachers, Extension specialists, regulators, or practitioners of plant/human/animal health or insect pest management may choose the Entomology concentration.

Plant Pathology Concentration, Thesis Option

Plant Pathology is an interdisciplinary science that specializes in plant health with a focus on the organisms that cause plant disease. Students who wish to prepare for further graduate studies or careers as researchers, teachers, Extension specialists, regulators, or practitioners of plant health management may choose the Plant Pathology concentration.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


Herbert College of Agriculture

2621 Morgan Circle,

126 Morgan Hall,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

For admission to the Master of Science program, a student must meet all requirements of the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and must have completed at least 24 credit hours of biological and physical sciences at the undergraduate level.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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