Urban Pest Management

Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management

The online Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management is comprised of 15 credits. Required courses featuring coursework in entomology and urban pest management account for 9 of these credits.

The remaining 6 credits can be completed through a diverse array of elective courses in urban pest management, pending advisor approval, including Insect Classification, Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Apiculture I. See the Graduate Certificate Guidelines for more information.

As an added bonus for Florida-based students, completion of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management helps meet part of the Florida Statutes’ Chapter 482 educational requirements for the state Pest Control Technology certification. This certification qualifies the certificate holder to take the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exams for commercial pest control certification in the categories of General Household Pests (GHP), Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO), and Lawn and Ornamental (L&O). For more information on this certification, please visit the FDACS website.

Online Labs

All of our courses with lab requirements can be completed entirely online. If a course requires you to collect insects, you can either purchase a kit with basic supplies or make one at home from regular household items with our provided instructions. Labs involving online simulations use free online software. No travel required!

What You Can Expect To Learn

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management, students will be able to:

  1. Identify household and structural pests and describe their biology;
  2. Develop management options for household and structural pests;
  3. Integrate pest management practices into building maintenance practices;
  4. Assimilate technical information related to household and structural pests and their Management; and
  5. Communicate pest-related hazards and benefits related to humans, pets, other environmental factors and economics

Prior to graduating, students will be required to take a pre-examination exam to assess their achievement with the learning outcomes listed above.

Upon completion of the program, transcripts will read: Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management

Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA

Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only

The English language skill requirements for admission:

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 which are not included in the Graduate School’s list of English-speaking countries.

To be admitted to a graduate certificate program, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam TypeRequired Score
Paper -based550
Computer -based213

Learn More About the Program

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