MS Agronomy Application

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.

  1. Complete the pre-application form
  2. Request three professional letters of recommendation
    • You will enter names and email addresses of three people who can submit LOR's for you in the preapp
    • As soon as you submit the preapp, recommenders will automatically get an email asking them to submit an LOR.  The email contains a link they can use to upload their 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 for some reason, recommenders are welcome to send their LOR to msagron@iastate.edu.  
  3. 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: msagron@iastate.edu

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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
716 Farmhouse Lane
2101 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1010

Phone: (515) 294-2999 or
1-866-MSAGRON (1-866-672-4766)
Email: msagron@iastate.edu

If you are interested in applying for the MS Plant Breeding program, please contact Michelle Zander (mzander@iastate.edu). 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.