Admission to the Entomology Graduate Program
Admission to the Entomology Graduate Program is accomplished under the regulations of the Clemson University Graduate School.
Candidates will be required to apply directly to the Graduate School.
Exceptional students may be eligible for a waiver of the application
fee, based on recommendation of a Clemson Entomology faculty member.
Inquiries about the Entomology Graduate Program are welcomed and
encouraged; these may be directed to Dr. Matt Turnbull (firstname.lastname@example.org), Entomology Graduate Program Coordinator, or to other Entomology faculty members.
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The effective admission process:
- Applicants should contact a faculty member(s) whose research program aligns with the applicant's educational goals and
professional interests to determine whether the faculty member(s) is interested in funding a graduate student.
- Once an application is complete, it becomes available for review by the members of the Entomology Graduate
Program Admissions Subcommittee.
- This Subcommittee's recommendation
concerning admission is sent to the Entomology Graduate
Program Coordinator for approval and then to the Graduate School, which has final
authority on admissions.
- The Graduate School mails a letter of
acceptance, which includes a
date by which the student must respond. In certain cases, admittance may
be provisional (at the department's request) or postponed (at the
- There is no official application deadline,
however, taking into
consideration the time it takes for application materials to post to the
Graduate School online
system, and then to be reviewed by the Entomology Graduate
Program Admissions Subcommittee, the earlier you
complete the application process, the
NOTE: the Entomology Graduate
Program Admissions Subcommittee will only
evaluate a fully completed application.
Currently Available Entomology Graduate Assistantships
accepted in the Entomology Graduate Program for persons who are either
MS or PhD degree-seeking students. Non-thesis MS students seeking an emphasis in entomology must apply through the Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Program.
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following credentials are used by the Entomology Graduate Program
Admissions Subcommittee and the Graduate School when recommending and
- Letters of recommendation from at least two referees familiar with the applicant's academic history;
official transcript sent directly from each college or university in
which the applicant has been enrolled previously, showing completion of
the BS or MS degree and a cumulative Grade Point Ratio (GPR) from each
- A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score sent directly from Educational Testing Service;
students from countries where English is not the official language, a
score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) sent
directly from Educational Testing Service;
factors that may demonstrate the ability of a student to benefit from
graduate study in the Entomology Graduate Program and that may
influence the decision of the Graduate Admissions and Policy Committee.
Recently accepted applicants have generally had:
- strong letters of recommendation;
GPR of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent in
undergraduate coursework during the last two (2) years of continuous
enrollment or the last 60 credit hours of discontinuous enrollment
(M.S. degree candidates) or a GPR of at least 3.00 or its equivalent in
graduate coursework (Ph.D. degree candidates); Master of Science degree
applicants with a GPR of at least 2.50 have been accepted
- a GRE score of at least 1000 for the
combined verbal and quantitative components plus a score of at least
4.0 on the analytical writing portion; applicants into the Entomology
M.S. program have been accepted provisionally with a combined verbal
and quantitative score of at least 900 plus an analytical writing score
of at least 3.5;
- a TOEFL score of at least 213 on
the computer-based (550 on the paper-based) examination (Sections 1, 2,
and 3 combined). Graduate students or visiting scholars have been
accepted with a score of 173-212 on the computer-based (500-549
paper-based) examination if other evidence of proficiency was
available, such as strong letters from English language teachers;
supporting evidence, such as high quality publications or other
examples of scholarly work, strong recommendations by one or more
Clemson University Entomology Graduate Program faculty with whom the
student would work, a distinguished reputation of the school(s) or
teacher(s) with which the applicant studied previously, compatibility
of the applicant's career goals with the strengths of the Clemson
University Entomology Graduate Program, etc.
the applicant and the Department discover important features about each
other, the applicant is strongly urged to visit Clemson University and meet the Entomology Graduate Program's faculty, staff, and students.
whose applications have been accepted by the Graduate School are
assigned (by the Entomology Graduate Program Coordinator) an Entomology
Graduate Program Sponsor, who will serve as an advisor, advocate, and
liaison for the student until he/she selects a Major Advisor or elects
not to enroll in the Clemson University Graduate School.
Dr. Matthew Turnbull, Graduate Program Coordinator
114 Long Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0315
Telephone: 865-656-3111 Email: email@example.com