Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Degree Offered: M.S.
Application deadline for Domestic students:
Summer semester - April 1st
Application deadline for International students:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for entry into the Master of Science in Entomology program. Minimum scores of 150 verbal and 146 quantitative (Old scoring system: 450 verbal and 550 quantitative). This exam must be taken BEFORE applying for admission and generally the scores cannot be more than five years old at time of application but exceptions may be made. When requesting ETS to send your official scores, use Institution code 4488 for Montana State University. you will be allowed to self-report unofficial scores during the application process, however, in no way are these self-reported scores considered official.
English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.
Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.
Additional Admission Requirements
For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.
The graduate program in Entomology at Montana State University leads to a Master of Science degree. Students in the program are required to take formal course work and conduct independent research guided by the student's advisory committee. Each student, during the course of her/his graduate program, will also have the opportunity to participate in activities outside their degree program that will benefit them academically and professionally. Such activities include participating in teaching and outreach programs, taking part in the entomology seminar series, and attending and presenting research results at professional meetings. Each student is strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. A student's individual program can be designed, with approval of the graduate advisor and graduate committee, to suit the student's individual interests and career goals.
The entomology faculty at MSU conduct research in a variety of disciplines, including behavioral ecology, biodiversity studies, biological control of insects and weeds, biosystematics, chemical ecology, ecology, integrated pest management, pollination ecology, risk assessment, stored-product entomology, thermal biology, and veterinary entomology. Entomological research at MSU includes some of the most important pests in the western U.S., including alfalfa weevil, aphids, cutworms, grasshoppers, Hessian fly, lygus bugs, mosquito vectors of West Nile Virus, wheat-stem sawfly, wireworms, and others. Beneficial insects under study include various biological control agents and pollinators. Most faculty conduct both applied and basic research.