Genetics and Genomics


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)
  • Computational Molecular Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Predictive Plant Phenomics (Ph.D.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Animal
  • Plant
  • Molecular
  • Microbial
  • Bacterial
  • Biochemical
  • Genomics and Metagenomics
  • Statistical
  • Developmental
  • Neurogenetics
  • Gene Expression
  • Disease Genetics
  • Computational
  • Virology
  • Evolution and Population Genetics
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of study. 1. Measurable outcomes a. Passing the qualifying exam b. Passing the defense with an appropriately written discussion of the research findings c. Proposed research in the area of study d. Scholarly productivity (papers, posters, grants, etc.)
  • Plan and conduct research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data. 1. Measurable outcomes a. Passing the prelim b. Passing the dissertation defense c. Publication of research results d. Presentation of conference abstracts (poster) e. Oral presentation of scientific data
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing. 1. Measurable outcomes a. Talks b. Abstracts c. Posters d. Papers e. Grant proposals
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 6.0 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Carla Harris
Phone: please e-mail
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Genetics and Genomics
    2014 Molecular Biology
    2437 Pammel Drive
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1079

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 detailing past research experience and present research interests at Iowa State
  • We would appreciate it if your supplemental materials (resume, research experience, research interests) were submitted as a pdf into the on-line application system.
  • 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:
    For guaranteed consideration for the Fall semester, please submit your application by December 1st. We do not have an admission cycle for the Spring semester.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.