Students may petition for an M.S. Bypass towards a Ph.D Degree.

Traditionally a Ph.D. candidate will have earned a Masters in Entomology or a closely related discipline. This helps ensure mastery of subject matter, experience in research and writing a peer-reviewed journal article, experience in communication in scientific settings, and integration of experiences and productivity into the training program. The Department of Entomology also recognizes that excellent Ph.D. programs can be accomplished without a Masters degree. The department requires acceptance of a petition for an M.S. bypass. The petition, along with supporting documentation and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor, is presented to the Department Head who will forward it to the Graduate Program Council (GPC) for their recommendation. The petition must be approved by two-thirds of the GPC and the Department Head. Decisions will be made within one month of receipt of documentation.

The decision to accept an M.S. bypass will consider the following:


          First semester

          _____ Meet with provisional advisor, select first semester courses

          _____ Visit all department faculty members

          _____ Select thesis advisor

          _____ M.S. committee or provisional Ph.D. committee appointed

          _____ Meet with committee to plan program

          _____ Preregister for next semester

          Second semester

          _____ Become familiar with Graduate School and departmental requirements for

          examinations, thesis submission, payment of thesis fee, and thesis seminar

          _____ Annual progress summary submitted

          _____ Preregister for next semester

          Third semester

          _____ Qualifying Examination (for Ph.D. students)

          _____ Ph.D. committee appointed after passing Qualifying Examination

          _____ Meet with Ph.D. committee to plan research and coursework

          Other items

          _____ Course requirements completed

          _____ Comprehensive exam (Ph.D. candidates--at least three months before defense)

          _____ Thesis seminar

          _____ Thesis defense

          _____ Thesis submitted

          _____ Voucher specimen deposited