MS Agronomy Application
WAIT - this preapplication is for the online MS and Agronomy Certificate programs only.
If you are interested in an on-campus MS program, information is found on the Agronomy Department Graduate Academics webpage, or email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your interest.
If you are sure you want the online program, please proceed as directed below:
The MS Agronomy program uses a preapplication screening process. Should you be accepted ot the program, you will be directed to complete an ISU graduate application at the appropriate time.
The preapplication deadline for consideration for a fall semester start is April 1, and spring semester start is October 1 of any given year. Any applicant who qualifies for an auto-admission can be admitted at any time.
- Complete the pre-application form
- There are two steps - you MUST COMPLETE BOTH.
- Step 1: create an account
- Step 2: create new application
- Letters of Recommendation:
- In the application, you will enter names and email addresses of three people who can submit LOR's
- When you submit the preapp, recommenders will automatically get an email that contains a link for them to submit an LOR
- Be sure to tell recommenders they will be receiving a "do not reply" email from ISU, and to check their junk mail if they do not get it in their inbox
- Should the system not function, recommenders are welcome to send their LOR to email@example.com
- We ask recommenders to tell us who they are, what they do, their relationship to the applicant, and why they think the applicant would be a good student in the program.
- Request official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions. Please send your official transcripts to:
MS Agronomy Admissions
716 Farmhouse Lane
2101 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
OR electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: ISU WILL NOT ACCEPT TRANSCRIPTS AS OFFICIAL IF YOU HAVE SENT THEM IN YOURSELF. THEY MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE INSTITUTIONS YOU ATTENDED.
You may be admitted to the program in two ways:
- If you meet admission requirements, have good letters of reference, and your undergraduate grade point average is above 3.2, we will process your application immediately. You may be admitted into the program for the next fall or spring term (assuming space is available).
- If you meet admission requirements and your undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.2, the Admissions Committee will review materials after April 1st and October 1st for next term admission. Admission will be competitive and limited to available space. To ensure equal opportunity to all interested in the program, we require all supporting paperwork before or by the deadline of April 1st and October 1st. Pre-applications will be accepted after the deadline, but for the following academic enrollment period.
If the information you provide is approved, we will ask you to officially apply to the Graduate Admissions Office at ISU. If you submit letters of recommendation or official transcripts during the pre-application process, you will not need to resubmit during the graduate admission process.
International Prospective Students
Electronically apply to Iowa State University using the official graduate application. The application fee is $100 payable online with a credit card. This is a $90 nonrefundable fee. If you are not able to submit your online application because you are not able to pay the application fee by credit card or online check, you may still complete the online application, print it off, and attach your personal check.
All checks or money orders should be made payable to Iowa State University, and be drawn on U.S. banks. If you complete the online application but do not complete the payment transaction, your online application will not be received by Iowa State.
If you sent us official transcripts, we will forward them to Admissions. You do not need to request transcripts again unless Admissions notifies you. This will allow for a quicker acceptance response from the university admission department. Students who have a degree from an institution outside the U.S. must have a TOEFL electronic exam score of 79 to be considered.
If you are not approved by the university, you will be notified via email. Within the email, you will receive additional information regarding further preparation to meet the program requirements.
Please see the Policy page for more detailed information about enrollment and student status.
MS Agronomy Graduate Admissions
Phone: (515) 294-2999
If you are interested in applying for the MS Plant Breeding program, please contact Michelle Zander (email@example.com). Management of the MS Plant Breeding program is now handled by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online Learning, known as the Brenton Center.
Questions about the admissions process
If you need assistance at any time during this process, contact the MS Agronomy program office.