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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.

Master of Science (M.S.) EPP - Project Option

There are no concentrations for the non-thesis option. In lieu of a thesis, students are required to complete a project/practicum and prepare a written report summarizing project findings. Students working on a project/practicum must complete 30 credit hours of graduate credit, which includes one to four credit hours of EPP 503, and an acceptable seminar presentation for one credit hour. Final oral and written examinations covering the project and coursework are required and must be passed to the satisfaction of the advisory committee after the project/practicum has been completed. Students who select the non-thesis M.S. option are not eligible for Graduate Research or Teaching Assistantships but may receive hourly pay based on the availability of major advisor grant/contract funds. The non-thesis option is directed primarily at those who are already employed full-time and wish to fulfill degree requirements over a longer time period.

Credit Hours Required

30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • EPP 503 Project/Practicum, 1-4 credit hours
  • EPP 570 – Colloquium, 1 credit hour
  • EPP 640 – Graduate Seminar, 1 credit hour. Students are expected to attend seminar each academic semester of their MS program, regardless of whether they are registered for EPP 640 credit. Online options are available.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours from EPP courses at the 500 level or above (excluding EPP 500, EPP 502, EPP 503, EPP 570, EPP 640, and EPP 675).
  • A minimum of one course (3 credit hours) from EPP 508, EPP 523, EPP 525, EPP 530, EPP 552, and EPP 561
  • 9 to 12 credit hours of Program Electives that will be selected by the student in consultation with their major advisor and graduate advisory committee. Courses selected will complement the student’s program.
  • Courses in quantitative analysis of biological data are highly recommended, but not required.

Additional Course Requirements

  • A minor is not required but may be selected at the option of the student. A minor includes 6 (minimum) to 12 (maximum) credit hours of graduate-level credit in the minor department.

Non-course Requirements

  • The student and the major advisor will select a minimum of two additional faculty
    members from the University of Tennessee, who hold the rank of assistant professor or above, to serve on the student’s project advisory committee. The responsibility of this committee is to assist the student in planning a program of study and carrying out research and to assure fulfillment of the degree requirements.
  • Research Ethics training is required, which may be achieved through (CITI RCR) training, as evidenced by presenting a valid CITI RCR certificate to the EPP Director of Graduate Studies or their designee.
  • Environmental Health and Safety training are required. Evidence (certificates or test
    scores) of this training must be provided to the EPP Director of Graduate Studies or their designee.
  • Computer Security Awareness training is required. Evidence (certificates or test scores) of this training must be provided to the EPP Director of Graduate Studies or their designee.
  • Title IX Mandatory Reporter training is required. Evidence (certificates or test scores) of this training must be provided to the EPP Director of Graduate Studies or their designee.
  • Students are expected to prepare a detailed written proposal prior to the initiation of the project/ practicum.
  • A final report summarizing the results of the project/practicum is required.
  • Final oral examination covering the project and coursework are required by the Graduate School and must be passed to the satisfaction of the project advisory
    committee after the project has been completed.
  • An oral departmental seminar presentation on the results of the project/ practicum is required.
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For more information on the program and whether it is a good fit for you, contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Bonnie Ownley. The UT Graduate Admissions website has information on applying to the Graduate School, as well as requirements for admission.

Portrait Dr. Bonnie Ownley

Dr. Bonnie Ownley
Professor/Graduate Director
bownley@utk.edu
(865) 974-0219