Master’s Degree in Medical Entomology
The courses in our master’s degree in medical entomology provide a foundational knowledge of entomology, insect classification and ecological concepts. Our program is designed for those students interested in the principles and practices of integrated pest management in the public health sector.
In addition to completing the required credits for the master’s degree program, MS students specializing in medical entomology will also complete our 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Medical Entomology as part of their MS program. Additional elective course options include Biology and Identification of Urban Pests, Insect Microbiology and Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues. Your committee supervisor can help you decide what courses might be useful to you based on your desired academic goals.
This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following careers:
- Postsecondary teachers
- Public health entomologists
Upon completion of the program, your transcript will read:
Master of Science in Entomology and Nematology
Graduate Certificate in Medical Entomology
By earning your master’s degree with a specialization in medical entomology, you’ll also be completing our 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Medical Entomology. Please contact Cameron Jack or refer to the master’s degree handbook for more information.
Whether you earn a master’s degree with specialization in medical entomology or opt for a broader range of entomology courses with your advisor’s approval, our program allows you to choose from a wide variety of elective courses in entomology. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework to graduate during the spring or fall semester and 2 credit hours to graduate in the summer semester.
- A bachelor’s degree in a science field from a regionally accredited university. 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 (international students only)
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to evaluate your academic potential*
- 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 or emailed to Academic Advisor Ruth Brumbaugh.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the admissions page.
Requirements to Earn Degree
Our online, non-thesis entomology master’s degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework. At least 15 of these 30 credits must be earned through graded courses in the Entomology & Nematology major at the 5000 level. Six of these 30 credits may be S/U graded. One or two minors of at least 6 credits each may be chosen, but are not required. Six credits outside the major may be courses numbered 3000 and 4000. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the major, the minor and to graduate. No grade below a “C” will count toward your degree. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework to graduate during spring or fall semesters and for 2 credit hours to graduate in a summer semester.
Transferring Credits Toward a Master’s Degree
Up to 15 credits earned in your UF certificate program or up to 6 credits (two courses) earned as a non-degree seeking student can be transferred to the master’s degree. For credits to transfer, you must apply and be admitted to the master’s degree program and have earned a grade of “B” or higher in the course(s). International students will also need to have acceptable TOEFL scores. Successful completion of courses taken as a non-degree seeking student or in the graduate certificate program does NOT guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree program.
The final examination consists of both written and oral components and is usually given in the last semester of the program. The exam may contain questions from subject matter covered in any of the required courses taken during the program. The written exam will be taken on a computer and will be proctored, using an online proctoring service such as ProctorU. The oral exam will be conducted via Skype or Zoom, at a time convenient to the student and their committee members.
Distance Program Coordinator
The distance coordinator for this program is Cameron Jack.
Students taking UF Entomology and Nematology courses can use their Gatorlink account to access their online courses, UF libraries and billing.