Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

Understanding and managing insects—both harmful and beneficial—can have a profound impact on individuals, communities, and the environment. Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology provides an understanding about the importance of insects and their roles in various ecosystems. Programs include a Masters in Applied Entomology or Graduate Certificates in either Beekeeping, Pest Management, Sustainable Agriculture, or Urban Agriculture. Develop best practices, skills, and knowledge to improve your management strategies and enrich your professional opportunities. Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology is offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology features online instruction, offering flexibility and accessibility that fits in with personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar: in a 12-week term, students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals. 

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology include one master’s degree and four graduate certificates as follows:

  • The Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology, is a 30-credit, 10-course online program that may be completed in as little as 15 months. The MPS in Applied Entomology focuses on the importance of insects and their role in various ecosystems. The program integrates aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology and evolution theory with ecology using insects as a model. Students learn about the physiological and ecological interactions between insects and pathogens and the various approaches for insect control. Students develop skills and knowledge required for critical thinking for best practices to improve management strategies for agriculture and the control of insect vectors of human and plant disease, while promoting pollinator health. See Applied Entomology Plan of Study.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping, is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. Beekeeping focuses on the anatomy, physiology, and ecology of the honeybee. Students are taught how to construct and maintain a hive and best practices for maintaining a healthy colony. See Beekeeping Plan of Study.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Integrated Pest Management, is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. IPM focuses on the techniques of integrated pest management for proper pest control management. The program is an effective and environmentally conscientious approach to pest management. Students learn about the life cycles of insects and their interaction with the environment to determine the most effective pest control methods while taking in consideration the effects of treatments to local ecosystems. See Integrated Pest Management Plan of Study
  • The Graduate Certificate in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. The program focuses on sustainability through examining both the ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects, as well as the management of injurious insects. Ecological functions of insects in the natural and anthropogenic landscape is illustrated and discussed. Organic and Sustainable Agriculture includes the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape. Students learn pest management options that do not require the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and focuses on organic alternative. See Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Plan of Study.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture, is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. The program focuses on the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Students acquire the necessary skills to maintain plants and beneficial insects in and around these settings. UA also focuses on the urban ecosystem and urban policies and plans. See Urban Agriculture Plan of Study

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