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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. UMD’s 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 are offered through UMD’s online learning environment, using a 12-week calendar format that benefits working professionals with flexibility, convenience, and accessibility. Instruction is provided by UMD faculty and experts in the field. The programs are offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

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 MPS 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 MPS Plan of Study.

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies 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 of Professional Studies in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), 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. IPM 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 IPM Plan of Study.

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (OSA), is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. OSA 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. OSA includes the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape. OSA teaches students about pest management options that do not require the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and focuses on organic alternative. See OSA Plan of Study.

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Urban Agriculture (UA), is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. UA focuses on the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. UA provides students with the skills required to maintain plants and beneficial insects in and around these settings. UA also focuses on the urban ecosystem and urban policies and plans. See UA Plan of Study.

Students who successfully complete requirements for a graduate certificate may apply these credits towards the MPS. Students must first submit an application for the MPS. If applying within a five-year period, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.

Visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the term schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. In a 12-week term, students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.

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