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. There are two steps
    • Step 1: create an account
    • Step 2: create new application
  3. 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
    • 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.
  4. 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:


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

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 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.


MS Agronomy Graduate Admissions
716 Farmhouse Lane
2101 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1010

Phone: (515) 294-2999

Questions about the admissions process

If you need assistance at any time during this process, contact the MS Agronomy program office.

If you are interested in an on-campus MS program, information is found on the Agronomy Department Graduate Academics webpage, or email regarding your interest.