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Graduate Applications are due December 1

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Hold (or expect to hold at the time of matriculation) a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, granted by a university of recognized standing
  2. Have fluent command of the English language
  3. Have adequate preparation for graduate work in the chosen field of study
  4. Present evidence of promise in advanced study and research

The Field of Entomology does not accept or use the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general or advanced “subject” test in any aspect of the application process.

All instruction at Cornell is in English, and fluency in English is essential for graduate study. If your native language is not English or if you have not studied at least two years in a college program in a country where the native language is English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a satisfactory score (550 or higher on the paper-based exam; for the computer-based exam, Cornell requires minimum scores of 20 on Writing, 15 on Listening, 20 on Reading, 22 on Speaking).  International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are now accepted by Cornell’s Graduate School; an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS is required.  Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account: Cornell University Graduate Admissions, 143 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms unless a test center is unable to transmit your scores electronically.Further details can be found here

How to Apply

It is strongly recommended that you identify a Field member or members with interests closely matching your own and correspond with them regarding their program and their potential for taking on new graduate students prior to application.  The primary criterion for admission is scholarly ability and potential.

Applications must be submitted online to the Cornell Graduate School. Click here to apply to Graduate School at Cornell

Your application will need to include:

  1. Please use the Academic Statement of Purpose to describe (within 1000 words) your academic training, skills, research experiences, and accomplishments relevant to your future graduate work. Discuss the types of research questions you are interested in pursuing during your graduate studies. In addition, explain how our program would help you achieve your intellectual and short and long-term professional goals.  Within your statement, please identify specific faculty member(s) whose research interests align with your own interests.
  2. Personal Statement Prompt (up to 1000 words): Please describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please share your perspectives and experiences on being independent, persistent and resilient in overcoming challenges. Additionally, provide insight on your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect where scholars representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and innovate productively and positively together.
  3. Upload course transcripts from undergraduate and any prior graduate education (unofficial is fine) .
  4. Three letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation may be uploaded directly by your references.  See the instructions on the Graduate School website.
  5. Upload your most up to date CV.

Note: For further guidance on the Personal Statement and more information on whether you quality for a Diversity Fellowship, please go to:

The Graduate School has many competitive fellowships in support of diversity including for students who are first generation college students, a member of an ethnic or racial group historically excluded or underrepresented in graduate education, McNair or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholars, or other, identities and/or experiences historically underrepresented or marginalized. Please see the above web site for a complete description. Completing this personal statement plus checking the box on the application is sufficient to be considered for the graduate fellowships described on the above page.


Once your application is complete, the Graduate School will forward it to the Field of Entomology for consideration. Applications must be received by the Entomology Field by December 1You may contact the Graduate Field Assistant if you wish to inquire about the status of your application.

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Field of Entomology.  Initial reviews of the graduate applications are generally completed by mid-December. Once a pool of qualified applicants is identified by the admissions committee, graduate applications are circulated to graduate field faculty and faculty then decide whether or not to invite prospective students for graduate interviews. On campus interviews generally occur over a two-day period in late February and involve a tour of both the Ithaca and Geneva campuses, interviews with Field of Entomology faculty, and meals with current graduate students in the program. In the case of international students, who may not be able to attend the on campus interviews, we will arrange interviews via phone or skype. We generally complete our graduate recruiting by mid-March. 

Response to an Offer of Admission is requested as soon as possible, although you are not obligated to notify us of your decision as to whether to join our program until April 15th. If you have made your decision to accept or decline admission earlier, however, it is helpful for us to know that so we can update students on the admissions waiting list and make plans for the coming year.

Please contact our Graduate Field Assistant if you have any questions or would like any further information about the application process.