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PhD Entomology

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
26502 USD
National
12266 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department
Department of Entomology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Entomology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The program is designed to accommodate incoming students with a wide range of entomological expertise. The goal of the program is to provide students with a strong background in basic biology as it relates to insects and to equip them with the specialized intellectual and technical skills to pursue a career in research, teaching, and service in entomology and related biological disciplines.

Major areas of specialization within the department include systematics, evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, genomics, phytochemical ecology, population biology, toxicology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, developmental biology, behavior, sociobiology, endocrinology, and integrated pest management.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

Exemptions

 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OR

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

 

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Course Modules

A candidate for the Ph.D. degree should be conversant with entomological aspects of ecology, genetics, systematics, physiology, and integrated pest management. The candidate must demonstrate professional competence in a specialized area by presenting an acceptable thesis based on original research designed in consultation with a faculty adviser and approved by a graduate faculty thesis committee.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

Select 0-20 hours from the following: 0-20

IB 427

  • Insect Physiology 

IB 444

  • Insect Ecology 

IB 468

  • Insect Classification and Evol 

IB 482

  • Insect Pest Management 

IB 504

  • Genomic Analysis of Insects

IB 526 Seminar in Entomology (Special Topics) 3
Statistics course 4

ENT 599 Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree) 0
Total Hours 64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap

  • Prescription Exam Required (administered upon entrance into program) Yes
  • Preliminary Exam Required Yes
  • Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
  • Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
  • The grade point average required for degree certification is 3.0 (A = 4.0).
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

 

Select 20 hours from the following: 20
IB 427

  • Insect Physiology 

IB 444

  • Insect Ecology 

IB 468

  • Insect Classification and Evol 

IB 482

  • Insect Pest Management 

IB 504

  • Genomic Analysis of Insects

IB 526 Seminar in Entomology (Special Topics) 3
Statistics course 4
ENT 599 Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree) 0
Total Hours 96

Other Requirements1

  • Other requirements may overlap 
  • Prescription Exam Required (administered upon entrance into program) Yes
  • Preliminary Exam Required Yes
  • Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
  • Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
  • The grade point average required for degree certification is 3.0 (A = 4.0). 

Minimum GPA: 3.0

 

 

 

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How to Apply

The Graduate Program in Entomology at the University of Illinois is eagerly seeking talented graduate students interested in an interdisciplinary education in entomology. Our program provides a unique and challenging approach to the study of entomology. A traditional grounding in the key elements of entomology such as insect taxonomy, physiology, genomics, pest management, and ecology is complemented and expanded by a tightly-knit community containing expertise in neurobiology, ethology, evolutionary biology, sociobiology, molecular biology, toxicology, biological control and many other diverse areas of interest. The department also has strong ties to other programs in the life sciences, including the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Neuroscience Program, and the Department of Plant Biology. The combination of these factors allows us to offer one of the most challenging and rewarding entomology educations in the country. Below you will find information regarding admissions and application procedures. If your questions are not answered below, the head of the Graduate Student Administration Committee is happy to answer any questions by email, or you can contact a specific graduate student or faculty member directly.

Domestic Applicants
Application to the Department of Entomology is now handled on-line through the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. Below you will find information regarding application, followed by a link to the Graduate College online application site. We suggest that you print this page out in order to have a list of all the necessary application materials.

General Advice
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application information reaches the Entomology Department byJanuary 1st of the year in which you are applying. Competition for positions in the department is intense, and the more we know about each applicant the better we can select the students best qualified for our programs. Therefore, we advise several further steps. If at all possible, try to arrange for a personal interview at the Department of Entomology. On this occasion you will have the opportunity to meet the Head of the Department, some potential research advisors, members of the Graduate Student Administration Committee and students.We also strongly recommend that you give careful thought to clearly describing your general area of interest, and, if formulated, your intended area of specialization, your past experience in related areas, and your plans for the future. Reflect upon your own aspirations and goals in detail. A clear, analytical discussion of these topics will be most useful to us and the 300 word suggested limit on this item can be disregarded.

Finally, the letters of reference are an important part of your application. You should select carefully, and use only those faculty who are willing to evaluate you fully and accurately. You should suggest to each letter writer that we seek a careful appraisal of your past achievement in academic life and an analysis of your ability as a potential teacher and researcher.


Undergraduate Preparation
Students who enter the department are expected to have basic training in biology and related disciplines. In addition to a good background in the biological sciences, applicants should also have completed the following:
Mathematics: analytic geometry and calculus
Chemistry: general and organic with laboratory (3 semesters)
Physics: general (2 semesters)
Students without this background may be admitted, but in that case you can plan remedying these deficiencies.To ascertain proficiency in the biological sciences, all new graduate students in this department take, in their first week, a proficiency examination in the biological sciences which covers the areas of cellular and molecular biology, plant and animal physiology, genetics, ecology, taxonomy, and evolution. The standard required is that of a general biology text used in major biology courses. If serious deficiencies in these subjects exist course work lasting one or two semesters may be prescribed before advanced studies are initiated.

While no formal course work in entomology is required, there also is an entomology prescription exam. If serious deficiencies are found, students may be required to take an introductory entomology course to provide a basic entomological basis of knowledge.

Application Requirements
A complete application consists of an application form, a $70 (domestic applicant) or $90 (international applicant) application fee, transcripts of your academic record, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and if necessary, TOEFL scores. Some items will need to be mailed by you, others by referees and officials. It is your responsibility to see that these items all get to us. (Please note that you do not have to have an official transcript sent by your institution at this time. Uploading a scanned copy is sufficient for now. We only require your institution to send us an official, sealed transcript or a secure electronic version if you are accepted into the program.) Please visit the Graduate College website for formal application procedures.

nternational Applicants
Application to the Department of Entomology is now handled online through the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. Below you will find information regarding application, followed by a link to the Graduate College online application site. We suggest that you print this page out in order to have a list of all the necessary application materials.

These guidelines for admission of foreign students apply only to those applicants who are sponsored by government or international agencies and who intend to return to their country of origin on completion of their degree. In particular, employees in existing programs of teaching or research, who are specially selected for further training in the U.S., and who have positions to return to in their country of origin, will be admitted under these guidelines.

In general, students applying for graduate study in this department under the above circumstances will be evaluated under a set of admissions criteria considerably modified from those applied to U.S. students, and designed to increase the probability of entry to this department. These modified admissions standards are necessary because of our difficulty in translating foreign university records and test scores into a meaningful evaluation of a foreign student, coupled with the obligation this department feels toward training outstanding students who have been selected in other countries for advanced academic studies in the U.S. Once the student is admitted to this department, exactly the same courses and standards will be required as of all other graduate students in the department, and the same degrees will be obtained.

The guidelines are designed to protect the student in particular, but also the sponsoring agency, against possible waste of time and money, with the accompanying disappointment and even loss of status. Students who are inadequately prepared for study in this department should realize this before admission, not after a semester or more.

Application Requirements
Application forms plus statement about sponsoring agency.

  • $90 application fee. This cannot be waived.
  • Graduate appointment application.
  • Three letters of reference - preferably at least one letter should be from a person familiar with the U.S. university system of education. Letters should carefully evaluate student's professional qualities and probability of success in further studies. Ability to communicate in English in the technical language of sciences should be assessed.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) results. The minimum score set by the Graduate College is 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 79 (internet-based test). The department will occasionally accept students with these scores, although we feel that a score of 610 (paper-based test), 253 (computer-based test), or 102 (internet-based test) gives a better indication of adequate ability in English. (See notes below on proficiency in English.) Students who have attended an English speaking institution for at least two years are exempt from this requirement.
  • GRE Scores (Graduate Record Examination) - (verbal, quantitative, analytical and advanced biology) are required, if student resides within 50 miles (80 km) of a testing center. No minimum scores are set for admission, but the scores will be used for advising purposes to provide early information for the student and this department on possible strengths and weaknesses in academic training.
  • Transcripts of your academic record - (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) along with English translations if the credentials are not in English. Please note that you do not have to have an official transcript sent by your institution at this time. Uploading a scanned copy is sufficient for now. We only require your institution to send us an official, sealed transcript or a secure electronic version if you are accepted into the program.

Statement from the sponsoring agency that financial and other support will be provided for a term sufficient to complete a M.S. or Ph.D. degree program (see notes below and length of program). Also, if a contractual agreement with the student has been made, it should be so stated and described.

Proficiency in English Language
Inadequate preparation in the English language will jeopardize the whole academic program of a student. The technical English of the physical and biological sciences, in written and oral forms, must be used daily. The TOEFL does not assess this ability adequately so that the students with high scores may still have difficulty with English. Therefore, it is essential that referees comment on the ability of students in technical English.

On arrival on this campus an admitted student will be given a proficiency test in scientific English. On the basis of this test, the student may be advised to enter immediately into advanced courses relevant to training in entomology. Alternatively, if proficiency is poor, the student may be advised to delay advanced studies. (Good grades in advanced courses cannot be achieved without competence in English.) The University offers remedial courses.

If a student does not gain a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based test) or more, then he/she may enroll in an intensive English course at a U.S. university, including this university, and the TOEFL may be taken again after completing the course. This course work does not exempt a student from the proficiency test in scientific English on arrival in this department, or further course work for remedial purposes. No student can be admitted to the Graduate College or this department until an adequate TOEFL score has been achieved.

Proficiency in Biological Sciences
All new graduate students in this department take, in their first week, a proficiency examination in the biological sciences which covers the areas of cellular and molecular biology, plant and animal physiology, genetics, ecology, taxonomy and evolution. The standard requirement is that of a general biology text such as would be used in a majors biology course. If serious deficiencies in these subjects exist, then course work lasting one or two semesters, may be prescribed before advanced studies are initiated.

While no formal course work in entomology is required, there also is an entomology prescription exam. If serious deficiencies are found, students may be required to take an introductory entomology course to provide a basic entomological basis of knowledge.
Length of Program
A master's degree program will normall take at least 1.5 years (3 semesters and 1 summer). A doctor's degree program will normally take at least 4 years (8 semesters and 3 summers). If English or biological sciences courses must be taken before advanced studies, then these times would increase by one or two semesters. Therefore, the sponsoring agency should be prepared to support a student for 2.5 years for an M.S. and 5 years for a Ph.D., and this should be stated in a letter from the sponsoring agency.

It must be emphasized that in all cases the length of the program shall depend on the department's discretion, based on the preparedness of the student on entry, and his/her progress in research.

Research Experience
The department will encourage students and their advisors to establish thesis research programs that are relevant to the country of origin of the student. If at all possible, part of the research should be carried out in that country. For this purpose the department urges the sponsoring agency to include funds to permit some research in the student's country of origin, and a visit by the student's advisor. Such funding is desirable for two important reasons: 1. The student will be able to integrate new information and techniques with a research situation which he/she will face as a professional. 2. Research in the U.S. can be made more relevant to future research when both advisor and student are familiar with field and laboratory conditions in the country of origin.

In addition, students usually benefit considerably if some research funds are made available to them for such things as special supplies, small pieces of equipment, and part-time assistance in sampling or rearing insects.

Application Deadlines
The deadline for Fall Term Admission is January 1st.

If you are a Foreign student residing outside the USA, try to submit your application as early in the year as you can, because it usually takes several months after admission to obtain the documents necessary for entry into the USA.

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