Graduate College Admission
Admission to the
The graduate application process at Iowa State is “self-managed,” which means that the student manages his/her own application by collecting the application, fee, academic records, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials, and sends them in one package to the university. The addresses to send materials are listed on the
The application fee is $30 ($70 for international applicants). An electronic application is available on ISU’s graduate web site at www.grad-college.iastate.edu. The application fee is required of all applicants except those who have attended
Many programs have very early application deadlines. For more details, check program deadlines at www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academicprogram/programsummariesbya.html. If a program has no deadline listed, the Graduate College recommends that for priority consideration of financial support and other program opportunities, applications should be submitted by January 1 for summer and fall and before September 1 for spring, prior to the term for which admission is sought.
Categories of Graduate Admission
An applicant pursuing an advanced degree must be recommended by the program in which he/she will be pursuing an advanced degree and must be approved by the Dean of the
There are three admission categories for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree:
A. Full Admission status may be granted to students who meet either of the following requirements:
1. Graduate in the upper one-half of the graduating class with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited
2. Graduate in the upper one-half of the graduating class from a recognized foreign institution where the requirements for the bachelor’s degree are similar to those at
B. Provisional admission status may be granted to students who meet the requirements for full admission (listed above), but have academic or prerequisite deficiencies to remedy. Transfer from provisional admission to full admission status requires the completion of the graduate English requirement, completion of the coursework prescribed to remedy the background deficiencies with a grade average of B or better, and the written recommendation of the major professor and approval by the Dean of the
C. Restricted admission status may be granted to students who do not rank in the upper one-half of their graduating class and/or lack adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed field of study. Restricted admission may be granted to graduates of non-English-speaking foreign institutions, even though the student ranks in the upper one-half of the graduating class. Advancement from restricted to full admission status requires completion of 9 semester credits of graduate level course work as a graduate student with a cumulative grade average of B or better and satisfaction of the Graduate College English requirement. A recommendation is submitted in writing by the major professor and must be approved by the Dean of the
Graduate Admission Without a Declared Major
Admission without a declared major is a category for graduates of regionally accredited institutions in the
1. Those who intend to transfer graduate credit earned at
2. Those who intend to use graduate credits earned for professional certification.
3. Those who enroll for personal satisfaction.
4. Those who enroll occasionally in off-campus graduate courses.
Students who wish to apply to
Applications and schedules for such students with an undeclared major are processed directly by the Office of Admissions and the
A student without a declared major who subsequently seeks full, provisional, or restricted admission must apply to and be accepted by a graduate program and by the Graduate College for degree study. A new application, the application fee (unless the student attended
For those students originally admitted to the
Graduate Admission of International Students
An applicant who is a graduate of a recognized foreign institution is subject to the same criteria for admission as a graduate from an institution in the United States and may be recommended for the same admission categories described above except that of the nondegree option. International applicants for nondegree status may be considered for admission at the discretion of the
International students are required to show evidence of financial support and to carry adequate health and accident insurance while in residence.
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 at www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academicprogram/programssummariesbya.html should be consulted for this information.
English Requirements for Non-native Speakers
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a bachelor’s or master’s 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 197 on the computer-based TOEFL test is required for admission to the
Graduate students whose native language is not English and who did not graduate from a
A graduate student whose native language is not English but did graduate from a U.S. institution, may bring to the Graduate College the “Request for the Graduate College to Approve the Graduate English Requirement for a Student Whose Native Language is NOT English” form, available from the Graduate College or on the Graduate College’s Web site at www.grad-college.iastate.edu/deadline/forms.html. Two conditions must be met: the student must have received a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D ddgree from a
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.