The GIDP in Entomology and Insect Science faculty and students integrate knowledge across the biological hierarchy from molecules to landscapes, and address questions that span the most fundamental aspects of biology, e.g., when did the brain originate? or what maintains mutualisms?, to addressing the environmental and health challenges posed by climate change and a rapidly increasing human population. These challenges require innovative entomological research to address conservation of biodiversity, and to mitigate potential increases in negative impacts of invasive species and harm caused by insect pests and insect vectors to crops, structures, and human health. The program thus bridges the gap between basic research, using insects as models to address general biological questions, and applied research affecting humankind more directly. The program graduates students with a particularly wide range of career opportunities.
The Entomology and Insect Science (EIS) program offers interdisciplinary training in the biology of insects for a Master's or Doctoral degree. It includes 35 faculty members representing 9 academic units. We encourage students to develop cross-disciplinary connections and bring together aspects of insect biology in unconventional ways. Our faculty and our students are collegial, collaborative, and highly productive.
The EIS program is flexible in its requirements, allowing students to design, in collaboration with faculty, programs of study tailored to individual interests and needs. We particularly seek out creative, enthusiastic applicants who have multidisciplinary interests, such as insect ecology–plant chemistry or behavioral ecology–neurobiology, pest management–spatial ecology, epidemiology of vector-borne disease–climate science, to name a very few. We encourage students to develop cross-disciplinary connections and bring together aspects of insect biology in unconventional ways.
For more information, please visit our website at insects.arizona.edu
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
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1. Personal Statement that includes:
2. Three letters of recommendation.
3. Official transcripts.
4. Official test scores.
The EIS program ordinarily accepts new students only for the fall semester. The deadline for applications is December 1st. Interviews are typically scheduled in January or February for fall admission.
GRE General Test is optional
TOEFL test for international applicants only
Students are generally supported by Program funds in their first year while they take courses and do laboratory rotations.
Students in their second and subsequent years are usually funded by research assistantships from their advisors, teaching assistantships, training grant funds, or individual fellowships. All students are strongly encouraged to apply for individual fellowships as they are excellent training in summarizing research. If granted, fellowships and grants are prestigious and increase the probability of further funding and of securing positions after graduation. Fellowships also increase student independence. Students who are not legal residents of Arizona, but are on an RA or TA receive a waiver of the out-of-state tuition fees charged by the University of Arizona.
Students who are self-funding, have less than a 'full time' (0.5) RA or TA, or who are on certain types of fellowships, may be responsible for some portion or all of these fees. However, before you pay these, check with the program graduate coordinator to see whether we have GRS/GTS funds to distribute that can reduce or eliminate your financial liability. These are generally distributed once a year, so you may have to anticipate more than a semester in advance. Enrollment in the University's student health plan for the student, only, is covered by these fees.
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
A minimum of 30 units total must be taken. At least 15 units must be completed toward the MS requirements in letter-graded courses (vs. research or independent study units).
1. Two of three of the following core courses:
These courses are all offered alternate years, so students will take them in their first or second year.
2. EIS 596A Current topics in Entomology & Insect Science Seminar (1 -3 units)
Course is taken two times, fall and spring semester in the first year of the program.
3. EIS 910 Thesis (8 units).
No other requirements, although training in teaching with a teaching assistantship is encouraged.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||8.33%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||2.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||22.22%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||77.78%|
|Enrollment Percent International||0%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||0%|