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Iowa State University requires a formal graduate application. Before applying to the Sustainable Agriculture graduate program, please carefully review the program information outlined below and the university U.S. applicant instructions or international applicant instructions.

Application Procedure and Requirements

Sustainable Agriculture is a direct-admit graduate program, where students are admitted into the group of a major professor as well as into the SUSAG major. As such it is imperative that prospective students identify a potential professor BEFORE applying to the program. Applicants should review our faculty directory to identify faculty working in areas that align with their interests and goals. Once relevant faculty members have been identified, applicants should contact those faculty directly to inquire about open graduate positions and funding opportunities for their planned term of entry. Only applicants that contact faculty, apply for the program and are then nominated by a faculty member will be considered for admission to the program.

Admission Standards

MS applicants

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 6 completed credits in the natural sciences
  • At least 6 completed credits in the social sciences
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in one of the natural, social, or engineering sciences
  • A GRE score with a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5
  • International applicants: An English proficiency score of 88-IBT, 570-PBT, 6.5-IELTS, or 59-PTE

PhD applicants

  • A master's degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 6 completed credits in the natural sciences
  • At least 6 completed credits in the social sciences
  • Your BS or MS degree must be in an agriculture and life science program
  • A GRE score with a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5
  • International applicants: An English proficiency score of 88-IBT, 570-PBT, 6.5-IELTS, or 59-PTE

When to Apply

The application period for fall and summer entry begins October 1. To receive priority consideration for competitively awarded fellowships, applicants should submit a complete application package by January 15. Applications can be submitted after this date and for spring entry. However, funding opportunities are limited.

Required Application Materials

  • Graduate application including statement of purpose
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official GRE score report. We request that you upload the unofficial score sheet available through the ETS web page.
  • Transcripts
  • International applicants: Official English proficiency exam results

All materials should be submitted through the online application system.

Decision Timeline

The Admissions Committee begins reviewing nominated applicants in February. Initial admission offers are made in March. Applicants nominated after February are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants that do not receive a nomination are notified in April.

Questions?

See our frequently asked questions page or contact us at susag@iastate.edu.