Degree Descriptions and Requirements
Requirements and guidelines for M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs, including thesis, examinations, candidacy, and residence
Requirements and Guidelines for the Preparation of Master’s Degree
The doctoral candidacy exam will diagnose critical thinking skills, general knowledge of biology and entomology, and communication skills through a written and oral critical analysis of a journal article. The purpose of the exam is both diagnostic and a measure of the student’s likelihood of successfully completing a doctoral program. A poor performance on the exam indicates that the student does not currently have the background to begin a doctoral program.
The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) provides trained, friendly, and free peer consulting for Penn State graduate students of all disciplines and of all levels of writing ability. The GWC is a service of the Center for Excellence in Writing and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School.
A primary goal of Penn State’s entomology program is to produce graduates who are highly successful—and competitive—in all their future endeavors. In this respect, there can be little doubt that excellent communication skills are a significant positive attribute.