The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Our mission is to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food
and fiber production, protection of natural resources and the lives of all the people in Tennessee and across the world.

GRADUATE PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINES - 2018/2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

Domestic Students (U.S. Citizens)

Applications are accepted until all open positions are filled.

International Students

Deadlines are set by the Graduate School and Center for International Education. Entomology & Plant Pathology follows these deadlines. There are two important dates: the deadline for the Graduate School application itself, including the application fee, and the deadline for all materials to be received by the Graduate School (i.e., file completion deadline). For the latter, admission must be granted and copies of passport, financial documentation, and degree confirmations must be received.

Initial application must be submitted online on or before:
February 1, 2018

File Completion Deadline:
May 15, 2018

REQUIREMENTS

For admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) program, a student must meet all requirements of the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and must have completed at least 24 academic credit hours of biological and physical sciences at the undergraduate level. Interested applicants must submit electronically all materials (online application, application fee, official transcripts, and scores from the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination [GRE]) directly to the University of Tennessee Graduate School. The online application procedure also will direct the applicant to submit three letters of reference (or three Graduate Rating Forms) from persons capable of assessing the applicant’s suitability for graduate work, and a statement of career goals and interests in entomology or plant pathology. In the statement letter, the concentration of interest and intended major professor should be indicated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with prospective major professors early in the application process.

For admission to the Ph.D. program, a student must meet all requirements of the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Applicants must submit an online application, a nonrefundable application fee, official transcripts, and official scores from the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Office of Graduate Admissions. International students, whose native language is not English, must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). In the statement letter and application, the concentration of interest and preferred major professor must be indicated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with prospective major professors early in the application process. It is preferred that applicants for the Ph.D. program have completed an M.S. degree (24 graduate-level credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree and a written thesis).

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

The EPP Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) evaluates applications for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. This committee meets on a regular basis (usually once a month) to consider matters related to its charge and to consider complete applications for admission. The GSC will not evaluate applications for admission that are incomplete. The Graduate School application form provides space and links for everything you need to do for both the Graduate School and the department.

BEFORE YOU APPLY:

Examine the list of EPP faculty to determine who best fits your scientific interests. Contact faculty members, typically by email or phone, and express your interest in working with them. If possible, arrange to make a day visit to the department to discuss things in person, or an online interview. These steps are important as the mentor may be able to provide financial support and can serve as your advocate in the application and funding process. The GSC may recommend acceptance even if you do not have an agreed mentor, but you will need to have one in place within one month after acceptance into the EPP program.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee ($60 non-refundable fee by credit/debit card or electronic check)
  • Academic transcripts: Unofficial transcripts of all college courses are sufficient for the application, but official transcripts sent directly from the previous institutions to the UT Graduate School must be provided after admission.
  • GRE scores: Unofficial reports are sufficient for application, but official scores must be provided to the Graduate School after admission.
  • Complete supplementary information with emphasis on undergraduate preparation,
    demonstration of extracurricular or supplemental study related to entomology, plant pathology, or bioinformatics, academic honors, awards or scholarships, and papers, abstracts, or presentations given previously.
  • Three letters of reference from former instructors, mentors, or advisors that attest to your interest and ability to perform graduate work and address your academic and research potential.
  • Designation of Mentor 1 (first choice) and Mentor 2 (second choice) to serve as your major professor, on the EPP Academic and Personal Information Form. We encourage applicants to visit if at all possible. We may be able to provide modest travel support to help pay for fuel or lodging.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).