Online Graduate Programs in Medical Entomology

The University of Florida’s Online Graduate Programs in Medical Entomology

The University of Florida is home to the number-one ranked entomology program in the world. Students the world over attend our online graduate programs in medical entomology to learn how to manage insects and other arthropods threatening their country’s agriculture, environment and population.  

We offer a 30-credit, non-thesis master’s degree program and a 15-credit graduate certificate program, each with a medical entomology specialization option.  

Earning a Graduate Credential Online 

Our master’s degree and graduate certificate programs are 100% online and asynchronous, allowing international students in any time zone to participate in courses. All courses with lab requirements can be completed entirely online. No travel required! 

As a student, you’ll explore topics like insect classification, pest management and arthropod-related hazards. The foundational knowledge covered in our virtual classroom will prepare you for a wide range of entomology careers in the private and public sector. Students who specialize in medical entomology may find their skills in especially high-demand, particularly in countries where vector-borne diseases pose an increasing threat.  

The World Needs Entomology Professionals 

Around the world, insect vectors threaten new territories, spurred by factors such as climate change, habitat destruction and international travel. West Nile Virus is spreading to new regions of Europe and Canada that were previously too cold for disease-carrying mosquitoes, while Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent in North America and Europe as tick populations grow. Globally, vector-borne diseases account for over 700,000 deaths annually, many of which are preventable.  

The world is in desperate need of entomology professionals, especially medical entomologists, capable of addressing the growing threat posed by insect vectors. By graduating from the number-one ranked entomology program in the world, you can make a difference in a growing field where your expertise will be valued and rewarded. 

Watch the video below of Distance Education Coordinator Dr. Georgette Kluiters discussing why international students should study entomology at the University of Florida online.

Tuition Costs for International Students 

The University of Florida’s online entomology graduate program remains affordable and accessible despite its global recognition. Regardless of location, international students pay the same competitive tuition as domestic students.  

Tuition is $524.67 per credit hour.  

Additional Costs 

There is a $30 application fee for master’s degree and graduate certificate applications. There is no application fee associated with the non-degree seeking option. 

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Master’s Degree Requirements for All International Applicants 

  • A bachelor’s degree in a science field from a regionally accredited university or international equivalent. If your undergraduate degree is not in a science field, it should be supplemented with the following coursework: 
    • One year (two semesters) of general biology 
    • At least one semester of general chemistry 
    • Algebra and trigonometry 
    • At least one semester of physics (recommended) 
    • Introductory statistics (recommended) 
  • An upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Acceptable TOEFL scores  
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to evaluate your academic potential* 
  • A resume/CV* 
  • A statement of purpose, written by the student, which should indicate previous training and experience, interests, and educational and career goals as an entomologist or nematologist* 

* These materials can be appended to your online application.  

Graduate Certificate Requirements for All International Applicants 

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited university or international equivalent. 
  • An upper-division undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher 

English Language Skill Requirements 

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council-approved English language skills test and submit your scores

Non-English-speaking countries are those that are not included in the graduate school’s list of English-speaking countries.  

To be admitted to our graduate program, you must score the following on the TOEFL: 

TOEFL Exam Type Required Score 
Paper-based 550 
Computer-based 213 
Internet 80 

Sending TOEFL Scores 

  • All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official TOEFL test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812. 
  • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports, or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents. 

Learn More About the Program

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