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Welcome Prospective Students!

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Application Deadlines

Graduate School Fellowship applications for 2019-2020 Academic Year JANUARY 20, 2019
Applications for 2016-2017 Academic Year MAY 20, 2019

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, students should have a firm background in biology, with fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Opportunities exist early in a student's program to take background courses, including a general course in entomology, if some undergraduate course work is lacking.

  • A 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for undergraduate work, and 3.5 for prior graduate work are the preferred performance levels for admission.Graduate Record Exams (GRE's) are required for admission. Our preferred performance level on the GRE's is about the 70th percentile in each of the Verbal and Quantitative exams; however, admissions decisions are not based solely on GRE scores. We consider all credentials provided in the application packet in reaching an individual admission decision for each applicant.

  • For non-English speaking students, a minimum score on the TOEFL exam of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based exam), 80 on the MELAB, or 6.5 on the IELTS is the preferred performance level for admission. For more information on these tests see the Graduate School's web page at

  • Admission to our department is contingent on academic potential, and the ability of a potential advisor to provide multi-year funding.

Application Process


January 16 is the application deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid. Applications received by January 16 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after January 16 will be considered on a space and funds available basis. May 15 is the final application deadline, though we strongly urge applicants to submit their application well before this deadline.


All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:


Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:
Application Electronically via ApplyYourself Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Recommendations.

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Click here to access the online application.
Application Fee Electronically via ApplyYourself Please visit the Office of Graduate Adminssions for more informaiton about fees
Transcripts Electronically via ApplyYourself Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English.Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Please visit the Office of Graduate Adminssions for more information about uploading your transcripts and materials.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation Electronically via ApplyYourself or
hardcopy via mail
Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Electronic submission is preferred, but recommendation letters can be sent directly to the department at the address below.
English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) Electronically via ApplyYourself Please visit the Graduate School's Website for more information about TOEFL scores.
Program application Electronically via ApplyYourself or
hardcopy via mail
Complete this Grad Program Application (PDF) and either upload it under Graduate Program Additional Application in the Program Supplementary Information section in ApplyYourself or mail it to the department (address below)


Materials Where to Submit How to Submit
Publications Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload your publications and articles into the Other Information portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application.
GRE Scores Electronically via ApplyYourself Our department requires GRE scores for admission. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.

Click here for more information about the GRE.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies or Tammi Pekkala-Matthews (Associate Administrator).

Entomology Address:
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Minnesota
Department of Entomology
219 Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Ave.
St Paul, Minnesota 55108