Program Information:

Program Statement:
    At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. As a first step, we have collected information on application requirements as well as links where you can find further information. We encourage you to explore.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Through coursework and research, be familiar with and understand scholarly literature in the area of study.
  • Be able to formulate testable hypotheses and justify research objectives.
  • Conduct laboratory and/or field research by working effectively with appropriate instrumentation, equipment, technologies and experimental systems.
  • Interpret research results via appropriate acquisition and analysis of data, and integrate them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams or independently, in ways that demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing through scholarly presentations.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.6 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.6 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Rajeev Arora
Phone: 515-294-2751
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    106 Horticulture
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1100

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:
  • 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:
    No specific deadlines. Applications will be reviewed and processed as received.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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