dmission to the Graduate College may be granted to a graduate of an institution in the United States that is accredited by a recognized regional association or to a graduate of a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelorís degree are substantially equivalent to those of Iowa State University. For information concerning graduate study in a particular academic discipline, prospective students should correspond with the chair of the major program in which they wish to study.
Application forms, available from the Office of Admissions, should be completed and returned to 100 Alumni Hall with a $20 application fee ($50 for international applicants). An electronic application is also available on the ISUís graduate college web site at www.grad-college.iastate.edu. The electronic application fee must be paid by credit card. The fee is $25 for domestic students and $57 for international students. University application deadlines are: June 1 for fall, November 1 for spring, and March 1 for summer, prior to the term for which admission is sought. (International applicants should apply at least six months before the term in which they wish to enter.) Because many programs have earlier admission deadlines, the applicant should check with the appropriate program for this information. The application fee is required of all applicants except those who have attended Iowa State as undergraduates, or those applying for admission in the nondegree admission status. In addition, an applicant must request that each previous college or university attended send official transcripts of grades and credits earned, and request that the institution from which the degree was granted provide a statement of the degree received and the applicantís quartile class rank.Categories of Graduate Admission
Graduate Admission Without a Declared Major
Graduate Admission of International Students
Graduate Record Examination. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a university-wide requirement for all applicants. However, many programs require or recommend submission of GRE scores; individual program statements appearing in the publication Graduate Admissions Bulletin should be consulted for this information.English Requirement for Native Speakers
The English requirement for native speakers is fulfilled by passing the Graduate English Examination, a test of English grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. Performance on that test will determine whether a student must take an additional writing proficiency test.
Students (except those admitted on a nondegree) should satisfy the Graduate College English requirement before completing 12 credit hours of graduate work at Iowa State University.English Requirements for Non-native Speakers
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a bachelorís or masterís in a country where the only official language is English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of their application for admission. A minimum score of at least 173 on the computer-based TOEFL test is required for admission to the Graduate College. Because some programs require a higher score, applicants should check directly with the program to which they desire admission or see the bulletin Information for International Graduate Applicants for this information.
Graduate students whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University must also take the English Placement Test at the beginning of their first semester of enrollment. This test is administered by the Department of English in lieu of the Graduate English Examination. Students who do not pass this examination are assigned to one or more courses in the English 101 series. This coursework must be completed during the first year of study.
Graduate students whose native language is not English, but who have an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, must take the Graduate English Examination for International Students, also administered by the Department of English, at the beginning of their first semester of graduate work. Students who do not pass this examination must complete English 101D during their first year of study.
New teaching assistants whose native language is not English are evaluated for their ability to communicate effectively in English before their assistantship assignments are made. Tests of oral proficiency and teaching skills (SPEAK and TEACH) are given before the beginning of each semester. A prospective teaching assistant who does not pass is required to complete coursework in speaking and teaching skills and must be retested.