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Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology, Online 

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology are offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. The programs are designed to combine the best in basic and applied biology to meet the public need for research, outreach, and instruction regarding entomology and related subjects, particularly as these bear on pest management and on stewardship of the environment.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact the program director:


The Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology, Online (MPAE) has a 30-credit, 10-course curriculum that focuses on the importance of insects and their role in various ecosystems.

  • Integrates aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology and evolution theory with ecology using insects as a model.
  • Students learn about the physiological and ecological interactions between insects and pathogens and the various approaches for insect control.
  • Equips students with the skills and knowledge required for critical thinking for best practices to improve management strategies for agriculture and the control of insect vectors of human and plant disease, while promoting pollinator health. 
  • Can be completed in fifteen months of continuous full-time enrollment. Part-time enrollment is welcome. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: ENTM Course Descriptions.

Course Number Title
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology
ENTM725 IPM Practices
ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics
ENTM735 Sustainability
ENTM740 Organic Practices
ENTM745 Bee Biology and Beekeeping
ENTM746 Commercial Beekeeping
ENTM747 Pollinator Health
ENTM750 Urban Pests
ENTM751 The History and Culture of Bees and Beekeepers
ENTM755 Designing an Urban Garden
ENTM756 Insect Diseases and Pathology
ENTM760 Insects in the 21st Century
ENTM769 Capstone: Scholarly Paper

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.   
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

 Sample Plan

Term Year Type Course Number Section Code Credits
I (fall) 1 Core ENTM710 PLE* 3
I (fall) 1 Elective ENTM745 PLE* 3
II (winter) 1 Elective ENTM730 PLE* 3
II (winter) 1 Elective ENTM747 PLE* 3
III (spring) 1 Elective ENTM725 PLE* 3
III (spring) 1 Elective ENTM740 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 Elective ENTM746 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 Elective ENTM750 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 Elective ENTM735 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 Elective ENTM751 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 2 Elective ENTM760 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 2 Elective ENTM755 PLE* 3
I (fall) 2 Core ENTM756 PLE* 3
I (fall) 2 Core ENTM769 PLE* 3


  • Features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 

Online Learning

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content. 
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Learn how to define key pests in management systems.
  • Learn how to sample and monitor pests and their injury, how to construct damage and action thresholds, how to develop and assess the efficacy of intervention tactics including cultural, biological, and chemical control, and how to evaluate programmatic impacts.
  • Develop and implement IPM programs for any crop or resource management scenario.
  • Learn the fundamentals of biology of each guild of insect pest, how to recognize them and their damage, and monitor their activity.
  • Learn how to integrate specific control tactics including building design, mechanical control, exclusion, habitat alteration, thermal control, traps and baits, biological control, and insecticidal control to develop comprehensive management strategies.
  • Develop successful management approaches for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.
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