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Advising & Curriculum Overview

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more about the program, prospective students should contact the program directors:

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology include one Master of Professional Studies (MPS) and four Graduate Certificates (GC). The program welcomes full-time or part-time study. Students who successfully complete requirements for a Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master of Professional Studies if the student applies and is admitted

MPS-Applied Entomology

  • The MPS-Applied Entomology has a 30-credit, 10-course curriculum that 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.


  • The GC-Beekeeping has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that 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.


  • The GC-Integrated Pest Management has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that 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.


  • The GC-Organic and Sustainable Agriculture has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that 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, including the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape. Student learn about pest management options that do not require the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and focuses on organic alternative.


  • The GC-Urban Agriculture has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that focuses on the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Student acquire the necessary skills to maintain plants and beneficial insects in and around these settings. The program also focuses on the urban ecosystem and urban policies and plans.

The program features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning. Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend in real time via the use of webcams and headsets with microphones.  Through synchronous participation, students see slides, see and hear instructors speaking, and also ask questions.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Learn how to define key pests in management systems.
  • Learn how to sample and monitor pests and their injury, how to construct damage and action thresholds, how to develop and assess the efficacy of intervention tactics including cultural, biological, and chemical control, and how to evaluate programmatic impacts.
  • Develop and implement IPM programs for any crop or resource management scenario.
  • Learn the fundamentals of biology of each guild of insect pest, how to recognize them and their damage, and monitor their activity.
  • Learn how to integrate specific control tactics including building design, mechanical control, exclusion, habitat alteration, thermal control, traps and baits, biological control, and insecticidal control to develop comprehensive management strategies.
  • Develop successful management approaches for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.
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