Entomology and plant pathology students have the opportunity to study a range of topics related to plant pathology, entomology, and bioinformatics. Our students conduct basic and applied research at every level, from molecules and genes, to individuals and populations, to species and communities. We offer an M.S. degree with thesis and non-thesis options, and concentrations in Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Bioinformatics and Genomics. Our M.S. program provides students with the principles and research background for a career in the life sciences or for admission to Ph.D. programs. We also offer a Ph.D. degree with concentrations in Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Molecular Interactions; Organismal Biology, Ecology and Systematics; and Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest Management Systems. Our graduates are competitive for positions at academic institutions, government agencies, agricultural industries, and other private sector entities.

Degree Programs


Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Nematology


  • Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Molecular Interactions
  • Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Systematics
  • Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest Management Systems


Entomology and Plant Pathology


  • Bioinformatics and Genomics
  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology

Graduate Minors

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Options include:

  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology

Undergraduate Minor

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Application Process and Requirements

Applications for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Entomology & Plant Pathology (EPP) are accepted once a year. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1st for enrollment in the upcoming fall semester. Exceptions to this deadline for U.S. residents are considered on a case-by-case basis. Funding often is limited for those who wish to begin their studies in spring or summer semesters. Students accepted into the EPP graduate program are not guaranteed funding and must identify an advisor before final acceptance. We do not have laboratory rotations. Interested students should contact advisors directly before applying.

Entomology and Plant Pathology Graduate Program Highlights

  • Our faculty members conduct applied and basic research in diverse areas of entomology and plant pathology.
  • EPP graduate students are publishing in high-quality research journals.
  • All graduate students have the opportunity for graduate stipends.
  • Numerous job opportunities are available for graduates in various economic sectors.
  • On-campus genomics hub and greenhouse space are available.
  • We offer multiple diverse locations for research:
student in lab looking through a microscope

More Questions?

Please feel free to contact Kevin Moulton, Director of Undergraduate Studies, or Bonnie Ownley, Director of Graduate Studies.

Kevin Moulton

Dr. Kevin Moulton

Director of Undergraduate Studies


Bonnie Ownley

Dr. Bonnie Ownley

Director of Graduate Studies