Online Master of Science in Entomology


The Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers a full online curriculum for the M.S. degree in Entomology. The online Master of Science in Entomology program is designed for science professionals who are interested in broadening their skill sets and education in Entomology. The flexibility of this program allows students to create a program that is specific to an individuals needs and interests. Students will be able to apply the coursework from this program directly to their professions.

Students gain a well-rounded understanding of Entomology as a whole and are able to focus coursework in areas such as:

  • Forensic and medical entomology
  • Natural history
  • Insects in education
  • Insect pest management, toxicology and biological control
  • Insect ecology, physiology and biochemistry
  • Plant resistance
Option B
  • Minimum 30 cr, with an optional minor.
  • Project, but no thesis required.
  • Minor optional, at least 9 cr.
  • At least 15 of the 30 cr must be in graduate-only courses.

Entomologists are:

  • Growing Food– working with farmers to manage insect pests and protect crops while simultaneously protecting beneficial insects and the environment.
  • Saving Lives – finding ways to prevent insects from spreading diseases and helping to discover new medicines and treatments.
  • Helping Animals – working with zookeepers, ranchers, forest rangers, and veterinarians to help them protect animals from dangerous insects.
  • Understanding Nature – studying insects in their roles in the environment, such as pollinators, decomposers, parasites, predators, and sources of food for other animals.
  • Discovering Species – finding new species allows us to better understand insect evolution, biodiversity, and the role of insects in nature.
  • Saving our Forests – studying insects that harm wild plants and forests and ways to prevent and control them.
  • Fighting Crime – examining bodies to find insects that may give clues to the time of death, and whether the body has been moved since then.
  • Protecting the Quality of Life – Entomologists help us keep our homes, schools, hospitals, and recreational areas free of pests.

Career Outlook

  • Middle and high school teachers
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, butterfly houses
  • Seed industry
  • Agrochemical industry
  • Food industry
  • Crop consultation
  • Urban pest control
  • Military pest control