Animal Breeding and Genetics


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Immunogenetics (Ph.D.)
  • Molecular Genetics (Ph.D.)
  • Quantitative Genetics (Ph.D.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in Animal Sciences and related disciplines.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to Animal Sciences and related disciplines.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data and information.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings using written, oral, visual, and electronic means of communication.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 3.3 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.0 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Rose Mary Ross
Phone: 515-294-2160
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Department of Animal Science
    Graduate Coordinator, 1221 Kildee Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-3150

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Statement of Purpose (Goals) (if not sent electronically with application): Include major program desired, species of interest, preferred faculty advisor(s), research interests
  • Successful admission into this thesis-seeking program will require a major professor. We encourage students to reach out to our graduate faculty members prior to application. Any prospective student can submit a pre-application (Phase I) at no cost. If a faculty member wishes to have the student fully reviewed, then the student will be asked submit the full application (Phase II) which includes an application fee.
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 80
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    There is no deadline for applications and applications are reviewed all year round as needed with either a Spring, Summer or Fall semester start.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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