Admissions

Iowa State University requires a formal graduate application. Before applying to the Sustainable Agriculture graduate program, please carefully review the program information outlined below and the university U.S. applicant instructions or international applicant instructions.

Admission Standards

MS applicants

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 6 completed credits in the natural sciences
  • At least 6 completed credits in the social sciences
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in one of the natural, social, or engineering sciences
  • A GRE score with a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5
  • International applicants: An english proficiency score of 88-IBT, 570-PBT, 6.5-IELTS, or 59-PTE

PhD applicants

  • A master's degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 6 completed credits in the natural sciences
  • At least 6 completed credits in the social sciences
  • Either a bachelor's or master's degree in an agriculture and life science program
  • A GRE score with a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5
  • International applicants: An english proficiency score of 88-IBT, 570-PBT, 6.5-IELTS, or 59-PTE

When to Apply

The application period for fall and summer entry begins October 1. To receive priority consideration for competitively awarded fellowships, applicants should submit a complete application package by January 15. Applications can be submitted after this date and for spring entry. However, funding opportunities are limited.

Required Application Materials

  • Graduate application including statement of purpose
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official GRE score report
  • Transcripts
  • International applicants: Official English proficiency exam results

All materials should be submitted through the online application system.

Faculty Nomination

Applicants must be nominated for admission by a faculty member who will serve as their major professor and provide their financial support. Applicants should review our faculty directory and research faculty working in areas that align with their interests and goals. Once relevant faculty members have been identified, applicants should contact those faculty directly to inquire about open graduate positions and funding opportunitiesĀ for their planned term of entry. Applicants that contact faculty have the greatest chance of admission.

Decision Timeline

The Admissions Committee begins reviewing nominated applicants in February. Initial admission offers are made in March. Applicants nominated after February are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants that do not receive a nomination are notified in April.

Questions?

See our frequently asked questions page or contact us at susag@iastate.edu.