Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Entomology and Nematology, with a focus on Pest Management, is delivered through the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and administered under the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The majority of students who pursue this degree are employed, or desire employment, working for organizations specializing in urban pest control, landscape maintenance, mosquito control, public health, governmental regulatory agencies, cooperative extension, plant production, agrichemical industries, and teaching. The Pest Management concentration is designed for students interested in the principles and practices of interdisciplinary pest management, including extension agents, educators, state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental, and regulatory positions, consultants, pest control personnel, and students who simply wish to further their education and find this topic interesting.

The Pest Control concentration’s curriculum consists of 30 credits, and takes between two and four years to complete based on course load each semester. University of Florida offers a wide range of different courses each semester, providing the student with a diverse and thorough education. Some of the courses span topics such as Turf and Ornamental Ecology, Insect Molecular Genetics, Urban Vertebrae Pest Management, Biology and Identification of Urban Pests, and Principles of Pesticides. The only on-campus requirement through this program is a comprehensive written and oral examination to be completed at UF’s Gainesville campus. Upon completion, graduates of this program may possess all of the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the field of pest management.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline; GPA of B or better in final 2 years of Bachelor's degree; and GRE of 1000 or higher.


    Comprehensive final written and oral exam at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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