Program and Application Information:

Director of Graduate Education: Tom E. Loynachan
Application Contact: Jaci Severson
Program Location: 1126 Agronomy Hall
Program Telephone: 515-294-1361
Program Fax: 515-294-8146
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PhD offered: Yes

Masters Offered: Master of Science

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility, Soil Management, Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, Soil Morphology and Genesis, Soil Physics

Application Deadlines: Continual review, no deadline for admission or standard assistantships; faculty offer assistantships (they will contact you directly if they have an interest in working with you), we deny admission without faculty commitment; to be considered for Fellowships (GRE scores required), click on Program Profile Link below

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Profile: Agronomy Graduate Fellowship Program (nominations anytime generated by faculty member) AND Agronomy Graduate Assistantship Program (complete application and deadline February 1-faculty nominates)-follow program profile link below

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Application Submission Process:

Iowa State University provides graduate applicants the opportunity to upload most of the required application materials as part of their application. Please refer to the Application Instructions (links provided below) to learn what you need to do to submit a complete application for admission and for advice on uploading materials, including what is accepted and what is not.

US Application Instructions
International Application Instructions

Please note that you can upload these documents at the time that you apply, or at a later time if you do not have them all available when you apply. Click on the red bulleted items for further instructions.

Required by Office of Admissions

Required to be sent by mail to the address below:
If you are unable to upload documents for some reason and wish to send them to us by post, please mail the first three items (exams, Financial Statement, and transcripts) to the Office of Admissions, (address below) and any Supplemental Documents to the graduate program to which you are applying.

Office of Admissions
100 Enrollment Services
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2011 USA

Required by Program
Send to program:
  • Resume
  • Publications List if applicable should be submitted as PDF in the online application system
  • Resume and publication list should be submitted as PDFs in the online application system

Unofficial documents can be submitted to our program electronically; mailing address if needed:
Soil Science Graduate Programs
Iowa State University
Student Services
1126L Agronomy Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1010