Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.; Ph.D.


Areas of Study
  • Apiculture
  • Insect Ecology
  • Insect Physiology and Toxicology
  • Management of Insects and other Arthropods
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • Plant-Arthropod Interactions
  • Plant Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
  • Stress Biology
  • Systematics

Distance Education Opportunities

M.S. with all areas of study
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Contacts for Entomology

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss



Distance Education Coordinator

Dr. Tom Weissling



Entomology Lecturer

Erin Bauer



Campus Address

103 Entomology Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0816

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Entomology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE recommended
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent stating career interests
  • Resume (optional)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Entomology
OnlineRolling admissions
On-campus Recommended DeadlinesFall: July 1 Spring: November 15 Summer: April 1


The Department of Entomology offers resident M.S. and Ph.D. programs and distance M.S. programs. The department makes a firm commitment to its students and provides strong mentoring relationships between the students and major professors.

The department offers a strong curriculum and provides numerous professional opportunities for its students. This student-centered focus is reflected in the many awards received by the students and in their consistent placement in professional careers.

The Department of Entomology is part of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is involved in research, teaching, and extension arenas. Department faculty are internationally recognized and work in both applied and basic entomology. The department has research sites across Nebraska and collaborative relationships with both domestic and international scientists and educators.

Courses and More

Students in Entomology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Frederick Baxendale
Insect and Mite Pests; Arthropods
Jeffrey Bradshaw
Field and Specialty Crop Pests; Host Plant Resistance, Insect and Plant-Disease Ecology
Gary Brewer
Insect Affecting Sunflowers; Management of Livestock Pests
Muhammad Chaudhury
Stephen Danielson
Insect Ecology; Insect Pests of Field Crops
Kristina Friesen
Behavior, Physiology, and Control of Stable Flies and other Filth Flies
Douglas Golick
Science Education and Research on Using Insects as Instructional Tools
Ashley Hall
Forensic Biology
Eileen Hebets
Evolution and Diversification of Animal Communication Systems
Courtesy Appointment
Gary Hein
Arthropod Pests of Small Grains and Specialty Crops
Tiffany Heng-Moss
Insect Resistant Plants; Functional Genomics; Turfgrass Insect Pest Management
Thomas Hunt
Pest Management; Crops
Scott Hutchins
Agriculture and Urban Pest Management; Bioeconomics; Economic Entomology
Adjunct Faculty
Shripat Kamble
Novel Biochemical and Toxicological Pest Management; Termites; Cockroaches; Human Exposure to Pesticides
Joe Louis
Plant-Insect Interactions, Induced Defenses, Insect Effectors
Lance Meinke
Insect-Plant Interactions; Applied Insect Ecology and Behavior; Integrative Pest Management
Daniel Miller
Environmental Microbiologist
Nicholas Miller
Insect Genetics and Genomics; Insect-Plant Interactions; Insect Adaptation to Control Measures
Daniel Moellenbeck
Plant Resistance to Insects
Adjunct Faculty
M.J. Paulsen
Phylogeny, Ecology, and Taxonomy of New World Scarab Beetles; Higher-Level Classification of Lucanidae
Courtesy Appointment
Julie Peterson
Insect Ecology; Field Crops Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Biological Control
Thomas Powers
Nematology; Agricultural Pests; Diagnostic Methods
Courtesy Appointment
Jarrad Prasifka
Specialty Crops Involving Sunflower Moth Resistance
Brett Ratcliffe
Scarab Beetles; Insect Genetics
Gautam Sarath
Biomass and Forage Qualities; Warm-Season Prairie Grasses; Prairie Legumes; Seed Germination and Plant Development; Histone Biotinylation
Adjunct Faculty
Blair Siegfried
Insecticide Resistance; Toxicology
Steven Skoda
Screwworm; Insect Genetics
Adjunct Faculty
Matthew Smart
Impacts of Forage and Varying Land Use on Pollinator Health
David Taylor
Filth Flies; Insect Genetics
Adjunct Faculty
Tom Weissling
Pest Management
Robert Wright
Corn and Grain Sorghum Insects; Insect Pest Management
Judy Wu-Smart
Apiculture; Pollinator Health; Environmental Toxicology
Junwei Zhu
Chemical Ecology; Sensory Physiology; Livestock Animal Protection
Adjunct Faculty

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