Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers a wide range of programs encompassing a variety of basic and applied projects in entomology and plant pathology for students to pursue a program of study leading to M.S. (Master of Science), M.A. (None-thesis Master of Agriculture) and/or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees. We encourage you to learn the programs offered in the department by reading through the web pages of each of faculty. This will help you to identify the program that best fits with your interests and career goals.

The procedures listed below will be followed concerning your application.

Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a strong background in biological or bio-related sciences. Have adequate preparation for graduate study in entomology.
  2. Official transcripts of all under graduate and any graduate credits from each school previously attended. An undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. Auburn University’s ETS institution code is 1005. Scores must be within 5 years of planned entry date.
  4. A letter of Intent.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Applicant’s Resume (C.V.).
  7. International applicants must submit a score of the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), or 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT). Successful applicants must score minimums of 16 on the four component parts (reading, listening, speaking, writing) of the iBT. We also accept a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. TOEFL or IELTS must be taken within 2 years of planned entry data. TOEFL exemption can be considered if the applicants have a degree accredited from a U.S. college or university or have completed at least two full-time semesters of graded course work at a U.S. college or university prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

Application Procedure

  1. Submission of a online application to the Graduate School using the Electronic application available at the Auburn University Graduate School web page. While the Graduate School application allows you to create a username and password, IT MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED IN A SINGLE VISIT. If you experience any problems with the Graduate School on-line application, please contact the Graduate School by phone (334-844-2132) or email ( with your reference number. To complete the electronic application, you need to send all the following items directly to Graduate School:
    1. A $70.00 (U.S.) non-refundable Application Fee, in the form of a traveler’s check or money order payable in the United State, or pay by credit card.
    2. Official transcripts and scores from all previous undergraduate and graduate schools. The transcriptsmust be in English (accompanied by their original language) issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature.
    3. GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants) send directly from the test institutes to Auburn University Graduate School.
    4. C.V. (resume)
    5. Letter of Intent, which serves as an important element used in deciding to invite or to decline an applicant into our research program. It must states clearly the following aspects:
    • The letter is a personal statement of interest and should appropriately contain any information that you feel is important about your academic or research experience.
      1. Indicate the research program and questions of interest
      2. Provide information regarding both the short-term and long-term career goals, and how acquisition of the specific degree you are applying for will serve to advance you toward your professional goals.
      3. If you have contacted with a potential supervisor, indicate this in your letter.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. The letters address to either the GPO or the intended professors, and must be sent directly from the referees via email or mail. The referees should be former professors, employers, advisors, or others capable of evaluating the applicant’s academic, research and professional qualifications. The letters should be sent directly to the potential supervisor the student is applying for or to the GPOs listed at the bottom of this page.
  3. Deadlines of application. To ensure ample time for processing and notification of applicant of admission status, completed applications must be received 2 months (domestic applicants) or 4 months (international applicants) weeks prior to the beginning of the entry semester.