Graduate Certificate Application

It is not necessary to complete the ISU graduate application right away. The Graduate Certificate in Agronomy selection committee utilizes a preapplication screening process. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Use this link to complete a preapplication:  There are TWO steps:
    • Create an account – this involves providing contact and degree information
    • Complete an application – once you have created an account, find the New Application link.  You will complete the following:
      • Additional questions regarding your background and goals
      • A short survey about your familiarity with distance education
      • Names and email addressses of people who can write letters of recommendation for you.
  2. Letters of Recommendation (LOR): When you submit your preapp, your recommenders will automatically receive an email with a link to submit a letter.  
  3. Transcripts of your previous degree(s), as well as single classes (if applicable) are required as a part of the preapplication.  Please send your official transcripts to:

Distance Programs in Agronomy Admissions

2206 Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1010

OR If you want to send an electronic copy, please send them to

Preapplication Deadlines

  • April 1st to be considered for Fall semester start.
  • October 1st to be considered for Spring semester start.
  • We do not start students in the summer.
  • Your preapplication will be considered complete when all LOR's, offiical transcripts and preapp are submitted by the deadline.