Crop Production and Physiology


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)
  • Seed Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Weed Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Forages
  • Grain Crops
  • Seed Science
  • Weed Science
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of basic and applied knowledge pertaining the physiology and production of agronomic crops.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to better understanding crop production and physiology.
  • Develop skills for the appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Interpret research results and integrate them into the existing knowledge of the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings in traditional and non-traditional forms such as in-person presentations, scientific publications, outreach publications, social media, blogs, video, and webinars.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams and independently, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.2 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.3 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Kevin Desjean
Phone: 515-294-4161
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Crop Production and Physiology Graduate Programs
    Iowa State University
    2101 Agronomy Hall
    716 Farm House Lane
    Ames, IA 50011-1051

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: 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:
    Continual review, no deadlines for admission or assistantships. Faculty commitment required prior to admission.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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