Academic Information

Graduate students at Iowa State University are part of a community of adventurous minds, connecting through research, discovery, and intellectual growth. The Graduate College houses important academic information that will guide graduate students on their journeys. Review our website and contact our staff to learn about policies, procedures, and opportunities for professional development.”



For Help With… Admissions Contact
  • Application requirements
  • Application review
  • Department/major program decision recommendation to the Graduate College
The Graduate Major Program

Find the contact phone number and email here: Program Pages
  • Issues with application
  • Login access
  • Degree credential review/evaluation
Office of Admissions
  • Prospective student support
  • Recruitment resources
  • Diversity funding
Thelma Harding
  • Application and admission procedures and policies
  • Processing and workflow support
  • Non-degree admissions
  • Exchange graduate student admission
  • Undergraduate – graduate concurrent admission
Samantha Hirschman
For Help With… Registration Contact
  • GR ST courses
  • Registration holds
  • Withdrawals
  • Schedule changes with extenuating circumstances
Samantha Hirschman
  • Registration Access
  • Issues with Accessplus
  • Registrar policies
  • Add, drop, audit deadlines
  • Schedule change forms
Office of the Registrar
For Help With… Assistantships Contact
  • Stipend and date-range requirements
  • Tuition scholarships
  • Period Activity Pay (PAP)
Lynette McBirnie Sprecher
  • Requirements for registration while on an assistantship
Samantha Hirschman
  • International teaching assistant’s Oral English Certification Test (OECT) requirement
Lily Compton
For Help With… Degree Programs & Requirements Contact
  • Changes to degree objective or major
Celina Turner
Melissa Stolt
  • Final Oral Examination
Lisa Elm
For Help With… Courses, Credits, & Grading Contact
  • 300/400-level courses on POSC
  • Academic Probation and Academic Standing
Celina Turner
  • Dual-listed courses
  • Course numbering (599, 699, 590, etc.)
  • Experimental course proposals
  • Changes to Graduate Major Programs and Curriculum (I.e. thesis/non-thesis/coursework only options, areas of specialization, new or changed degree requirements, etc.)
Natalie Robinson
For Help With… Program of Study and Committee (POSC) Contact
  • Requirements of the graduate major, minor, specialization, and/or degree
  • Routing and approvals
  • Common errors (example: course not found on schedule, catalog, transcript)
The Graduate Major Program. Find the contact phone number and email here: DOGE and Staff Support
* If problems persist contact: Celina Turner
  • Graduate College minimum credit requirements
  • Graduate College minimum committee requirements
  • Transfer credit evaluation
  • Issues with system/form (example: form not routing properly)
Celina Turner
  • Expired courses
  • Graduate faculty status
Natalie Robinson
For Help With… Finishing Up Contact
  • Application for Graduation
  • Final Oral Examination requests and results
  • Graduation Certification Letters
Lisa Elm
  • Dissertation and thesis reviews
Lily Compton
Melissa Stolt
  • Creative Component
Melissa Stolt
  • Commencement ceremony
  • Diploma distribution
Office of the Registrar’s Graduation Office (graduation@iastate.edu)
  • Certificate POS
  • Certificate completions
Celina Turner
For Help With… Opportunities & Services Contact
  • Thesis/dissertation
Center for Communication Excellence
  • Career planning
Karin Lawton-Dunn
For Help With… Student Rights& Responsibilities Contact
Natalie Robinson
For Help With… Postdoctoral Appointments Contact
  • Appointment
  • Benefits
  • Awards programs
  • Performance management
  • Dismissal
  • Appeals and disputes
Misty Treanor