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Graduate Application Requirements

Application requirements

  • Demonstrate your preparation for graduate work and show your passion for the chosen field of study
  • Hold (or expect to hold at the time of matriculation) a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, granted by a university of recognized standing
  • Have fluent command of the English language
  • Apply before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on December 1

Requirements to apply:

Applications must be submitted online to the Cornell Graduate School: Apply to Graduate School at Cornell.

Application timeline:

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 applying.

Here is a tentative timeline to help you apply:

Other details


The Entomology Department guarantees full financial support for 2/ 5 years (Masters/ PhD) once you have been accepted into the program and conditioned upon continued progress toward your degree. The support includes a stipend that is considered a livable wage in Ithaca/Geneva, tuition and health insurance. 

There are different types of Financial Support options such as fellowships, Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs), Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) and/or External Support. We strongly encourage external students to apply for external fellowships. An external fellowship may be used to replace assistantship funding or to extend the number of years of support for your degree program. Cornell supports a generous supplementation program to “top-off” external awards to the established academic year TA funding rate. See Financial Supplementation of External Fellowships.

Diversity fellowships:

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 web site below 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 here: Graduate School Fellowships in Support of Diversity.

Fee waiver:

We recognize that the cost of applying to Cornell can be a burden. You can submit a request to have the fee waived by the Graduate School when you submit your application. You can find a link to the fee waiver request form on the payment page of the online application.

You will submit your application and the fee waiver request simultaneously. Qualified waiver requests are reviewed and approved within 1-3 business days. If the fee waiver can’t be granted, you will be asked to pay the application fee before your application materials can be forwarded to your proposed field of study for review. If you plan to request a fee waiver, be sure to plan ahead and submit your application at least 3 business days before the application deadline.

More information about application fees can be found on the Graduate School website.

Information and guides for International Students

  • Obtaining student status in the US
  • International Degree Equivalencies from Cornell Graduate School
  • TOEFL: All instruction at Cornell is in English, and fluency in English is essential for graduate study. If your first 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: English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • The English Language Support Office (ELSO)

More detailed information can be found using the following links:

What happens once you have submitted your material?

Once your application is complete, the Graduate School will forward it to the Field of Entomology for consideration. Submitted applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Field of Entomology, typically by mid-December. The committee identifies a pool of qualified applicants, at which point those applications are circulated to the graduate field faculty. At least one faculty member must decide whether to invite the prospective student for graduate interviews, which take place over a two-day period in late February. The visit  involves 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 Zoom. 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.