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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 2019-2020 Academic Year are due: 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, 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, to reach 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 language proficiency tests visit

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


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

Submission of the following indicates a complete application file:


Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:
Application Electronically 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  Please visit Graduate School Adminissions for more information about fees.
Transcripts Electronically 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 Graduate School Adminissions for more information about uploading your transcripts and materials.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation Electronically 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. More information on letters of recommendation can be found at Graduate School Adminissions.
English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) Electronically Please visit Graduate School Adminissions for more information about TOEFL scores.
Program application Electronically 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 the online application or mail it to the department (address below).
Publications Electronically Upload your publications and articles into the Other Information portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application.
GRE Scores Electronically Our department requires GRE scores for admission. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in the online application.

Click here for more information about the GRE.

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

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