Seed Technology and Business


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    If you are a professional working in the seed sector, the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) has been designed specifically with your needs in mind. The STB program offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree that provides you with current seed science and technology instruction along with essential courses in business management in a rigorous, integrated curriculum. This is an ONLINE only graduate program.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Online Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Understand the principles and concepts associated with seed science, seed technology and seed business management as they relate to the global seed industry
  • Understand how research & development and technical processes contribute to business success in the seed industry
  • Critically evaluate data and other technical information in order to diagnose and solve seed technology and business problems
  • Work effectively in diverse teams to apply technical knowledge, ethics, and management skills to develop and implement strategies for business success
  • Clearly and accurately communicate technical and practical information, both orally and in writing, to colleagues and the general public
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 4.3 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Lori Youngberg
Phone: 515-294-9137
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business
    195F Seed Science Center
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-3228

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:
  • Submit an essay addressing your career goals and how the program will help you achieve these goals. Specific questions to consider for the essay are available on our admissions website:
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate academic transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • 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) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Our online program has a rolling admission process and we review applications as they come in for the next available starting term.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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