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Entomology & Insect Science (PHD) 
Program Description

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 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.

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Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

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.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Teresa A Kudrna
Graduate Program Coordinator
Teresa A Kudrna
Director of Graduate Studies
Martha S Hunter
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Step 1. Applying to the University of Arizona Graduate College

Prospective students apply online using the Graduate College website ( The application fee is US $75. International Students should include the Graduate College Financial Guarantee Form.

Step 2. Within the University of Arizona Graduate College Application

Choose a program

  1. It is when completing this portion of your Graduate College Application that you will choose the Entomology and Insect Science graduate program.

Please submit the following:

  1. Personal Statement that includes:
    • Why you selected this program
    • A summary of your academic and professional background
    • Your specific interests in entomology and/or insect science
    • Your career goals and objectives
    • Identification of possible mentors (see Faculty list)
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Copies of official transcripts of previous academic records from all institutions attended.  (Official copies are required if you are recommended for admission)

Official copies should be sent to

Primary mailing address:

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
Administration 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

Express mail (for FedEx, DHL, etc):

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
1401 E University Blvd, #322

4.  Official test scores (upload a copy and send official scores): GRE scores (no more than 5 years old), TOEFL for eligible international students (see requirements at  Code for sending official scores: 4832

Application Deadline:

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 for fall admission. If it is not possible to send GRE scores for arrival by December 1st, please contact Renee Angle at

Application Status:

To check the status of your application please contact Renee Angle at or 520-621-0847.

Contact Information:

Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Entomology & Insect Science. Renee Angle, Program Coordinator, Marley 641F, The University of Arizona Tucson AZ 85721 Email: Voice: (520) 621-0847 

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
GRE General Test

TOEFL test for international applicants only



Financial Aid

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 Kristina 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.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall Admission Only: December 1st

International Applicants:

  • Fall Admission Only: December 1st
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Requirements, PhD 

A minimum of 45 units of graduate coursework must be taken, excluding dissertation units [].  These units include 36 units toward the major and 9 counting toward the minor.  At least half of these (23 units or more) must be taken in letter-graded courses (vs. research or independent study units).  These units will include EIS courses, courses in your minor, other courses chosen from the schedule of classes and approved by your Graduate Committee, and research and independent study units.  You may also include eligible transfer courses in this tally.  Lastly, at least 18 units of Dissertation Research are required.  See below for additional core course requirements for all EIS students (Section 2), and for special requirements for the two tracks (Sections 5 and 6).

Minor Requirements

9 units are required for the minor.  Please note, this is the minimum requirement and minors are govererned by the department/program offering them.  I.E. the minor you chose may require you to complete 9-15 units.  It all depends on the minor you choose.

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 28%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 5.50
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 43%
Enrollment Percent Female 57%
Enrollment Percent International 7%
Enrollment Percent URM 14%

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Last revised 02 Jan 2019