Degrees Offered


The mission of the Entomology Graduate Program at Clemson University is to support and encourage our graduate students and to provide them with state-of-the-art learning, research, and outreach experiences that will prepare them to become scientific pioneers and leaders in Entomology.

The Entomology Graduate Program, administered through the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences(PES), offers two research degrees. The MS and PhD degree programs require the student to conduct research leading to a thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).

(Note: Students interested in pursuing a non-thesis MS in integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture may do so in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. See here for more information.)

The Entomology faculty are known for their commitment to teaching and working with students. They are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their research fields, which fall in three focus areas: Agricultural & Applied Ecology, Urban & Medical Entomology and Biodiversity, Systematics & Evolution.

Entomology Graduate Program faculty have broad research interests in entomology, including insect ecology, evolution of insects, phylogenetics, systematics, urban entomology, and insect physiology and development.  A listing of faculty research can be seen here.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Students will design a curricular plan of study with their advisory committee.  The course of study will include core courses (covering insect morphology, physiology, taxonomy, and statistics) and graduate journal clubs.  Additionally, students in the Clemson Entomology Graduate Program regularly participate in outreach activities to foster communication and interaction abilities, and in Programmatic and other research seminars.  PhD students are required to assist with teaching one course, and all students are required to produce and disseminate research-based oral presentation(s) and manuscript(s).  Together, this plan of study provides students an excellent preparation for their chosen careers.

Additional information can be obtained from the Entomology Graduate Program handbook (here), or by contacting the Program Coordinator, Michael Caterino.


The Entomology Graduate Program is administered on campus at Clemson, approximately a two-hour transit from several major airports and larger cities including Atlanta and Charlotte. Excellent resources are available on campus, including highly dedicated research, teaching, and extension faculty and staff. Clemson University offers outstanding research resources, including molecular and cellular (e.g., world-class electron and light microscopy and genomic BAC libraries), organismal (e.g., natural history museum and large in-house arthropod collection), and ecological (e.g., the ~17,000-acre Clemson Experimental Forest with field sites within 15 minutes, and the Appalachian foothills within one hour). The library has superb electronic and physical resources, facilitating research efforts. In addition to on-campus faculty, a number of faculty are located across the state of South Carolina, at Research and Education Centers, where research plots related to agricultural entomology are located. These sites are equipped with state-of-the-art agricultural mechanization and computerization and other technologies. 


Required Documents


Students in the Entomology Graduate Program are primarily supported by Research Assistantships (RAs) through faculty grants; prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty with overlapping research interests (here) to determine availability of support. In addition to RAs, the entomology program offers three merit-based fellowships. Two of these provide supplements to an RA, while the third provides a full stipend and tuition support. For more information on these, including eligibility and application guidelines, see here. Additionally, a small number of teaching assistantships my be available within PES or other departments. These typically offer a moderate stipend and a tuition remission.

(Note: Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per Fall and Spring semester, and 3 credit hours per Summer I and Summer II, to qualify for a graduate research or teaching assistantship.)


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)