Genetics and Genomics


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Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Computational Molecular Biology (M.S., Ph.D.); Predictive Plant Phenomics (Ph.D.);

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Animal; Plant; Molecular; Microbial; Bacterial; Biochemical; Genomics and Metagenomics; Statistical; Developmental; Neurogenetics; Gene Expression; Disease Genetics; Computational; Virology; Evolution and Population Genetics

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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
  3. Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing. 1. Measurable outcomes a. Talks b. Abstracts c. Posters d. Papers e. Grant proposals

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: For guaranteed consideration, please submit your application by January 1st. We will continue looking through applications received until February 1 if there are openings still available.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

GRE's are optional. 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.
For more information and requirements for the Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) specialization can be found here.

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

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