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What will I learn?

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

Expected Proficiencies for Entomology Students

Students in Entomology are expected to develop and demonstrate creativity in research, teaching, and/or extension. We consider indicators of success when students:

  • Demonstrate intellectual engagement and become an established member of the research/teaching/extension community through participation in departmental seminars, journal clubs, scientific meetings, lab group meetings.
  • Develop the ability to assimilate information and knowledge from multiple sources to form hypotheses and questions by becoming familiar with the relevant literature and be able to discuss their research with peers and faculty.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate assumptions in an argument, analyze arguments, and formulate coherent opinions and place their own research into context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write scientifically including research proposals, peer-reviewed papers and/or extension or outreach articles.
  • Conduct research by mastering appropriate research methodologies, analyzing and interpreting their own research findings.

Students in Entomology are expected to communicate research findings orally and in writing. We expect students to:

  • 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. Beginning in the second year, students are expected to give a presentation in either JUGATAE or the January symposium at least every other year. In addition we expect all students to give annual talks (after their first year) in various settings such as journal clubs, regional, national or international meetings.
  • Develop written communication skills. We recommend students get involved in the writing of proposals, scientific publications in the primary literature and extension/outreach publication for the general public. Written communication may be both traditional and web-based.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$20,800.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

177 Roberts Hall,

215 Garden Avenue,


New York,

14853, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Hold (or expect to hold at the time of matriculation) a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, granted by a university of recognized standing.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

IELTS Academic - 7.0; TOEFL - The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are: Speaking: 22, Reading: 20, Listening: 15, Writing: 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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