Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • 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

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.S. with all areas of study

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

Contacts for Entomology

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Joe Louis

Distance Education Coordinator
Dr. Tom Weissling

Entomology Lecturer
Erin Bauer

Campus Address
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0816

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Entomology

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Entomology
  • All: Rolling admissions.
  • On-campus Recommended Deadlines: July 1 for Fall. November 15 for Spring. April 1 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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Troy Anderson

Integrative physiology and biochemistry for vector management and pollinator protection

Frederick Baxendale

Insect and Mite Pests; ArthropodsEmeritus

Jeffrey Bradshaw

Field and Specialty Crop Pests; Host Plant Resistance, Insect and Plant-Disease Ecology

Gary Brewer

Insect Affecting Sunflowers; Management of Livestock Pests

Elane Fishilevich

Adjunct Faculty

Kristina Friesen

Behavior, Physiology, and Control of Stable Flies and other Filth FliesAdjunct

Douglas Golick

Science Education and Research on Using Insects as Instructional Tools

Ashley Hall

Forensic BiologyAdjunct

Eileen Hebets

Evolution and Diversification of Animal Communication SystemsCourtesy 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 EntomologyAdjunct Faculty

Joe Louis

Plant-Insect Interactions, Induced Defenses, Insect Effectors

Justin McMechan

Applied interdisciplinary research in crop protection and cropping systems

Lance Meinke

Insect-Plant Interactions; Applied Insect Ecology and Behavior; Integrative Pest Management

Nicholas Miller

Insect Genetics and Genomics; Insect-Plant Interactions; Insect Adaptation to Control MeasuresAdjunct

Daniel Moellenbeck

Plant Resistance to InsectsAdjunct Faculty

M.J. Paulsen

Phylogeny, Ecology, and Taxonomy of New World Scarab Beetles; Higher-Level Classification of LucanidaeCourtesy Appointment

Julie Peterson

Insect Ecology; Field Crops Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Biological Control

Thomas Powers

Nematology; Agricultural Pests; Diagnostic MethodsCourtesy Appointment

Jarrad Prasifka

Specialty Crops Involving Sunflower Moth ResistanceAdjunct

Brett Ratcliffe

Scarab Beetles; Insect Genetics

Gautam Sarath

Biomass and Forage Qualities; Warm-Season Prairie Grasses; Prairie Legumes; Seed Germination and Plant Development; Histone BiotinylationAdjunct Faculty

Blair Siegfried

Insecticide Resistance; ToxicologyAdjunct

Steven Skoda

Screwworm; Insect GeneticsAdjunct Faculty

Matthew Smart

Impacts of Forage and Varying Land Use on Pollinator HealthAdjunct

David Taylor

Filth Flies; Insect GeneticsAdjunct Faculty

Ana Maria Velez Arango

Response and adaptiation of insects to chemical stressors

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 ProtectionAdjunct Faculty

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Entomology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.