Before you apply, please read the following information.
This link outlines EEB's admissions standards.
This link describes how we handle your application and when admission offers are made.
Key Steps to Apply
Please submit a Graduate College application through the ISU Office of Admissions.
This may be done via the following link.
Graduate College application
Please submit official copies of transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate course work
to the ISU Office of Admissions. The address is noted in the on-line application.
Please submit a statement of research interest in the section provided in the
on-line Graduate College application. In your statement, please describe your purpose in pursuing graduate study,
your specific research interests, your preference for a faculty advisor (if known), and any other information
that you feel is relevant to your application.
Please submit a professional CV or resume directly to the EEB Program Office.
Email submission is preferred via firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must submit a score report from the GRE General Test. For minimum score requirements please
see EEB admission
An official score report must be sent from ETS to Iowa State (institution code 6306,
department code 0207 or 0299).
In order to be considered valid, GRE scores must be from a test taken
within 5 years of the term in which the applicant is seeking entry.
International students, whose native language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in a
country where English is the official language, must submit a score report from the TOEFL or IELTS.
The minimum TOEFL score required by the ISU Graduate College for admission is 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT);
the minimum IELTS score is 6.5. An official score report is required.
Please submit three letters of recommendation.
Letters may be submitted in two ways:
On line when you complete the on-line Graduate College application. Enter the e-mail addresses of three
referees and the system will prompt them to complete an electronic letter that will be transmitted to ISU and to EEB.
- On paper, using either the Graduate College template or on the letterhead of the referee's
institution. In this case, please send the letters directly to the EEB Program Office. Letters
may be assembled in sealed envelopes and sent by the applicant or may be sent directly by referees.
How We Evaluate Your Application
Please read the following information to find out how we handle and evaluate your application and when admission
offers are made.
The vast majority of admissions to EEB are for the fall term (beginning in August).
Applications may be submitted at any time; however, the application deadline for full consideration for competitively
awarded fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships for the Fall 2014 term is 10 January 2014.
Please be advised that all fellowships and most competitive financial awards are timed to the fall admission cycle.
If you wish to apply for entry in the Spring or Summer term,
please contact us to discuss your plans.
EEB program coordinator.
Finding a Faculty Advisor
The EEB Program requires new students to be matched with a faculty advisor in order to be admitted.
We encourage you to browse our faculty Web directory, which lists the research interest of each individual, and advise
us of your preference for a specific advisor. You are welcome, but not obligated, to make direct contact with
individual faculty to discuss your interests. Please see the following link to view the directory.
As much as possible, we provide financial support packages for every student admitted. Available types of
support include fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. For more detailed information,
please see the following Web page.
If you would like to visit the ISU campus in person to meet with prospective faculty advisors, see our facilities, and
visit with current graduate students, please contact the
EEB program coordinator. We would be happy to get to know you and share more information about our program.
Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as
a US veteran.
Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 3280 Beardshear Hall, 515.294.7612.