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Master of Science in Entomology


Brief Description of the Major Field

Entomology will provide various activities leading to a better understanding of Philippine insects and related arthropods; the development of effective pest management systems that support national agricultural production programs; training of Filipino and foreign students in the entomological profession; the development of industries based on beneficial insects.


Prospective Students

Holders of atleast 4 year degree programs



Entomology majors, especially those with advanced degrees, land into more challenging positions in teaching, research and management of private insecticide companies and pest control establishments aside from agricultural fields

Other Opportunities include Instruction, Public Health , Private Sector, Pest Control Business, Research, Conservation and Biodiversity, Entrepreneurship, Extension, Agriculture, Medical and Veterinary Field


Area of Specialization

  • IPM/Economic Entomology - Bionomics and control of the major agricultural insect and mite pests of crop plants
  • Biological Control - Principles and methods of biological control of insect pests.
  • Insecticide Toxicology - Physio-chemical concepts of the action of toxic agents in biochemical systems ; mechanism of action of anticholinesterase inhibitors, insecticide resistance and synergism, selective toxicity
  • Host Plant Resistance to Insects - Pest control through resistant plants, methods of selection, analysis of the components of resistance, interactions between resistant plants and insects.
  • Insect Taxonomy and Systematics - Recent concepts in systematics ; original research on taxonomic group of student’s interest.
  • Insect Ecology - Contemporary ecological concepts and methods as they relate to insect populations.
  • Insect Pathology and Microbiology - Insect pathology and microbiology including biological relationships between microorganisms and insects.
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology - Bionomics, identification and control of the major arthropods affecting man and domestic animals.
  • Insect Molecular Biology - Molecular aspects of insect biology and the use of biotechnology in entomological research and Integrated Pest Mangement (IPM)
  • Insect Transmission of Plant Pathogen - Insect vectors of plant pathogens, techniques of plant pathogen transmission, interrelationships of plants, insects and pathogens ; physiology of insects in relation to transmission of plant pathogens.
  • Insect Physiology and Biochemistry - Biochemical bases of life processes in insects.
  • Acarology - The taxonomy and evolutionary relationships of the Acari ; their habitats, trophic functions, life cycles, behavior and distribution
  • Pesticide Chemistry - Chemical and physical properties, formulations, biological effects and behavior of insecticides ;  Physio-chemical concepts of the action of toxic agents in biochemical systems ; mechanism of action of anticholinesterase inhibitors, insecticide resistance and synergism, selective toxicity ; Analysis of pesticide residues ; their fate in the environment and their ecological significance ; pesticide legislations


Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate

The Master of Science program has the following specific objectives: (1) to develop in the student the capacity to sort out and critically analyze the facts and train her/him in the process of scientific thinking and (2) to provide her/him with a broad basic background for independent scientific experimentation. The Doctor of Philosophy program, on the other hand, has the following additional objectives: (1) to develop in the student a keen perception for and sensitivity to diverse entomological problems and the ability to formulate and implement their solutions independently, (2) to enable the student to analyze, synthesize, and integrate seemingly unrelated and discordant facts into a meaningful, unified body of knowledge from which she/he can draw intelligent responses to specific situations, and (3) to develop in the student a sense of moral commitment and conviction towards the solution of entomological problems affecting the nation.

Applicants should have an academic background in general entomology, genetics, biology, microbiology, and chemistry, furthermore, students should have already taken the foundation courses ( ENT 101, ENT 110, ENT 120, ENT 140, ENT 151 and ENT 209 for PhD) to ensure background adequacy, otherwise, these courses needs to
be included in the student’s coursework.

The MS ENT program requires a minimum total number of 31 units including 15 units of major courses, 9 units of
minor courses, 1 units of seminar and 6 units of thesis. 18 units of coursework should be beyond the 200 level.


Graduate Courses

ENT 209. History of Entomology (3). Historical perspective in the development of world entomology. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENT 101 or COI. (2)

ENT 220. Advanced Insect Physiology (3). Biochemical bases of life processes in insects. 5 hrs (2 class 3 lab). PR. CHEM 160, ENT 120 or COI. (2)

ENT 225. Advanced Insecticide Toxicology (3). Physiochemical concepts of the action or toxic agents in biochemical systems; mechanism of action or anticholinesterase inhibitors; insecticide resistance and synergism; selective toxicity. 5 hrs (2 class 3 lab). PR. CHEM 160 or ENT 125 or COI. (1)

ENT 240. Advance Insect Taxonomy (3). Recent concepts in systematics; original research on taxonomic group of student’s interest. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 140 or COI. (1)

ENT 246. Taxonomy of Immature Insects (3). Identification, classification, and behavior of immature forms of insects, with emphasis on the endopterygote orders. 7 hrs (1 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 140 or COI. (2)

ENT 247. Aphidology (3). Systematics, ecology, behavior, and economic significance of the Aphidoidea. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. ENT 140 or COI. (2)

ENT 251. Advanced Insect Ecology (3). Contemporary ecological concepts and methods as they related to insect populations. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENT 151 or COI. (1)

ENT 271. Insect Transmission of Plant Pathogens (3). Insect vectors of plant pathogens, techniques of plant pathogen transmission, interrelationships of plants, insects and pathogens; physiology of insects in relation to transmission of plant pathogens. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 101 and PPTH 101 or COI. (2) 

ENT 272. Biology of Entomophagous Insects (3). Life history, habits, host relationship, and other biological peculiarities of selected groups of entomophagous insects. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 140 or COI. (1)

ENT 275. Insect Pathology (3). Insect pathology and microbiology, including biological relationship between microorganisms and insects. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 101 and MCB or COI. (2) 

ENT 277. Economic Acarology (3). Taxonomy and biology of mites associated with crop plats, stored products, leaf litter and soil; control of injurious species; laboratory rearing techniques. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. ENT 146 or COI. (1)

ENT 279. Insect Resistance in Plants (3). Pest control through resistant plants, methods of selection, analysis of the components of resistance interactions between resistant plants and insects. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 120 and BOT 20 or COI. (2) 

ENT 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2,S)

ENT 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. (1,2,S)

ENT 295. Pesticide Residues (3). Analysis of pesticide residues; their fate in the environment; and their ecological significance; pesticide legislation. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. ENT 125 or COI. (1)

ENT 299. Graduate Seminar in Entomology (2). May be taken for additional credit not exceeding 2 units. PR. Graduate standing. (1,2,S) 

ENT 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2,S)

ENT 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2,S)


Faculty Information


Highest Educational Attaintment

Faculty Rank


Dr. Candida B. Adalla



Entomology (Host Plant Resistance, Economic Entomology, Integrated Pest Management

Dr. Jessamyn R. Adorada


Assistant Professor

Entomology (Insect Systematics)

Dr. Barbara L. Caoili

D.Agr. Sci

Associate Professor

Entomology (Insect Pathology, Molecular Biology)

Dr. Flor A. Ceballo


Assistant Professor

Entomology(Biological Control)

Dr. Pio A. Javier


Research Professor

Entomology (Biological Control, Integrated Pest Management)

Dr. Celia dR. Medina


Assistant Professor

Entomology (Insect Ecology, Integrated Pest Management)

Dr. Virginia R. Ocampo



Entomology (Insecticide Toxicology, Insect Physiology, Integrated Pest Management)

Dr. Augusto C. Sumalde



Entomology (Insect Transmission of Plant Diseases, Integrated Pest Management)

Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco



Entomology (Insect Ecology, Integrated Pest Management)

Dr. Edna Y. Ardales


Associate Professor

Plant Pathology (Molecular Plant Pathology, Biotechnology)

Mr. Johnny F. Balidion


Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology (Molecular Plant Pathology)

Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun

D. Agr. Sci


Plant Pathology (Fungal Genetics, Molecular Plant Pathology)

Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay


Associate Professor

Plant Pathology (Fungal Taxonomy, Ecology and Diversity)

Dr. Rosalinda P. Garcia


Associate Professor

Plant Pathology (Postharvest Pathology)

Dr. Marina P. Natural



Plant Pathology (Phytobacteriology, Pathogenesis)

Ms. Glafera Janet B. Matanguihan


Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology (Population Genetics of Fungi)

Dr. Oscar S. Opina



Plant Pathology (Epidemiology, Disease Management)

Dr. Joey I. Orajay


Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology (Phytonematology)

Dr. Ireneo B. Pangga


Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology (Epidemiology, Modeling, Climate Change)

Dr. Avelino D. Raymundo



Plant Pathology (Epidemiology, Modeling, Forecasting)

Dr. Filomena C. Sta. Cruz


Associate Professor

Plant Pathology (Molecular Plant Virology)

Dr. Aurora M. Baltazar



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Contact Information

Key Person to contact: Dr. Avelino D. Raymundo 

Contact numbers: (telefax) (049) 536 – 1315

Email Address[email protected]



 Source: UPLB website

The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

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Article by Mark Jayson E. Gloria, UPLB website

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated. He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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Posted on March 4, 2015 by upweb_wordpress in In the News, Article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, photos by Abraham Arboleda

Responding to the mandates officially spelled out in Republic Act 9500 or the new UP System Charter of 2008, which elects UP to be a research and graduate university, among other roles, the UP Los Baños Graduate School convened a faculty conference to plot the path of the school to the future. The conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University” was held on February 15 and 16, 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It was attended by around 260 participants consisting of junior and senior graduate faculty members, committee chairs of degree-granting units, college deans, institute directors, department chairs, and heads of UP campuses.

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What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43rd founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies. read more

UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA). read more

UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow. read more

The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 

The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added. read more


The Graduate School will hold its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. During this occasion, the students who will have finished their doctoral program will be conferred their degrees through a ceremony in which their academic regalia (hoods) would be put on them by their advisers and University officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School.

The guest of honor and keynote speaker for this year’s ceremonies is Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, president of Maejo University in Thailand. Dr. Yosraj is a UPLB alumnus, having earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science in 1983 and 1990, respectively. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) held its 2016 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. Of the 279 graduates, 229 obtained master’s degrees and 50 earned doctorate degrees.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. expressed confidence that the graduates will exceed expectations around them. “UPLB has prepared you to become leaders who have the intellectual capacity and the heart to contribute to your respective communities,” he said.  He also encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge they gained from the University not only in pursuing academic and intellectual endeavors, but also in addressing social concerns. read more

“How do you thank your benefactors? How do you thank the Filipino taxpayers? How do you thank the Filipino people as a whole?” asked UP President Alfredo E. Pascual to the 2,245-strong UPLB Class of 2016 on June 25 at the DL Umali Freedom Park.

President Pascual was the keynote speaker during the 44th Commencement Exercises of UPLB that started at six o’clock in the morning, a deviation from the usual afternoon-to-evening ceremonies in the University. He was introduced by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. read more

UPLB and Kobe University (KU) in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop academic programs and projects that will benefit both in their instruction, research and training programs.

The MOU, which covers a 5-year period, was signed by KU President Hiroshi Takeda on March 23 in KU while UPLB chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed it on April 21 at the BM Gonzalez Hall in UPLB. read more

UPLB, through the Graduate School (GS) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) has launched the off-campus Master of Management program for employees of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) at the DBM headquarters in Paco, Manila on Nov. 26.

PS-DBM has provided partial scholarships to its deserving employees who will be on the MMgt program that is being implemented by UPLB for continuing organizational development in the former. According to Atty. Tomas C. Syquia, executive director of PS-DBM, “to be the best, we must be taught by the best,” referring to the choice of UPLB as the partner institution. read me

In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. read more

In order to modernize pedagogy and equip faculty members with technology-mediated teaching strategies, the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Graduate School (GS) co-sponsored the workshop on Graduate Program Innovations: Hands-On Training on Blended Learning for faculty members on July 27-28, at the ILC Computer Laboratory, CAS Annex I Bldg.   

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., GS dean, lauded the participants for attending the workshop despite the fact that they were on teacher’s leave. He said that since faculty members are in the forefront of the internalization efforts of the University and UPLB-GS has already embarked on off-campus offering, there is a need to conduct training programs on technology-mediated approaches that would help enhance the graduate programs of the University. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region. read more

The Graduate School welcomes new staff officials to improve and strengthen its graduate services. On 15 November 2017, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, former School Secretary since 2015, was officially appointed as Associate Dean; Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo as School Secretary; and Ms. Nanette A. Aquino as Assistant Secretary. Read more


All GS students are REQUIRED to have the following 1) UP Mail 2) SAIS Access 3) Payment Appointment System Access and 4) GS Portal account. 

1) To obtain UP Mail, email helpdesk@up.edu.ph and request for a UP Mail. Attach an image of your Form 5 or UPLB Student ID.

(UP Mail has the @up.edu.ph extension it is DIFFERENT from UPLB Liham with the @uplb.edu.ph extension)

2) After obtaining a UP Mail, go to the SAIS Team at the Office of the University Registrar and obtain your SAIS Access credentials (username and password)

3) At the same time register your UP Mail to the Payment Appointment System with the SAIS Team.

4) To obtain a GS Portal Account go to: https://uplbgraduateschool.org/gsportal, Register and email lgbolanos@up.edu.ph with an image of your UPLB student ID for activation. 

Oct. 15, 2017 - All Master's: Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Study
Oct. 15, 2017 - PhD: Nomination of Advisory Committee
Nov. 15, 2017 - PhD: Qualifying Exam
Dec. 15, 2017 - PhD: Plan of Study

Dec. 15, 2017 - Thesis/Dissertation Outline

Probationary students need to satisfy the conditions for conversion to regular within this semester, if not submit a Letter Request for Extension of Probationary Status on or before Dec 15. 

If deadlines are not met accomplish a Waiver of Requirement/s Form and submit on Oct. 15 for new master's and Dec. 15 for PhD and students enrolled in 300/400.

Noncompliance may result in the deactivation of your SAIS enrollment access.

* it the deadline falls on a non working day, the working day immediately after that date shall be the deadline.

All Graduating Students this First Semester 2017-2018 must accomplish the Online Application for Graduation on or before September 29, 2017.
Click this link for the Online Application for Graduation: Online Application for Graduation e-Form

As University Policy No Application for Graduation, No Graduation

The DEADLINE of submission of the following GS requirements has been extended until Oct. 30, 2017.
1) Nomination of Advisory Committee for PHD: https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generatenac_phd
2) Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Coursework for Masters: https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generatenogc-and-pos-filt
If you can't submit until Oct 30 then submit an Application for Waiver of Requirements instead, on the same date (Oct 30). (https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/request4waiverform).

Nov. 9: Deadline of Submission of COI for Pre-registration

Nov. 13- 16: Pre-registration


Jan. 5: Deadline of Submission of COI for general registration

Jan. 10- 13 8AM - 9 PM: Online General Registration

Jan. 15-24: Late Registration

Jan. 16: Start of Classes

Jan 24: Last day of Registration

The deadline for submission of grades of First Semester 2017-2018 graduating students (300,400) has been extended to December 19, 2017.The extension has been made in consideration for our graduating students who submitted their manuscripts for external evaluation on time but have just recently received their reviewer's comments.



Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.

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The 43rd Commencement Exercises of UPLB will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the D.L. Umali Freedom Park in front of the D.L. Umali HAll (UPLB Auditorium).

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