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Master of Science Degree

Requirements and Guidelines for the Preparation of Master’s Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science degree in entomology is an intermediate or final degree leading toward development of special knowledge in some field of entomology, and includes research experience. It provides training for prospective doctoral candidates.

Committees for masters degree candidates should be formed during the first semester, and are suggested jointly by the student and advisor, with approval by the Department Head. Masters committees have a minimum of three members. One of these should be from another degree program, particularly if the student plans to minor in that area. Adjunct faculty members cannot constitute a majority of the committee. The student and committee shall meet early in the process to plan the student’s program and approve a thesis project.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate credits (400 and 500 level) are required, with at least 20 credits earned in residence. At least 18 credits in the 500 and 600 series must be included in the program. A minimum of 12 credits in coursework (400 and 500) must be completed in the major program. All masters degree candidates are required to take (or have the equivalent of) the core courses. In addition to the core courses, masters degree requirements include a minimum of 3 credits of Statistics (i.e., STAT 501, 502, 541, or ENT 597G) and teaching experience (see section on Teaching Experience for details). To fulfill the credit requirements, additional courses may be selected by the student in consultation with his/her graduate committee. Each student must present the results of thesis research at a departmental seminar, and the student may register for 1 credit of ENT 590 (Colloquium) that semester. Insect collections due at the end of the second fall semester after admission. (Link to collection requirement information)

Final Oral Examination

A final oral examination covering the general field of entomology, with emphasis in the student’s area of specialization, is required by the department. This is to be administered by the student’s committee. A favorable committee vote of a two-thirds majority is necessary for passing.

Theses

A thesis equivalent to 6 credits (ENT 600) is required. A doctoral thesis may be submitted and archived either electronically or on paper. The thesis must meet the editorial standards of the Graduate School so that it constitutes a suitable archival document for inclusion in the University Libraries where it will be available for circulation. It is a departmental requirement that the student provide the Department Head a copy of the final bound thesis.

The Thesis Guide can be obtained from the Graduate School Office of Theses and Publications, 211 Kern Building, and is also available electronically. For more information on electronic theses and dissertations, visit www.etd.psu.edu.