Application Process

Before you begin the application, have the following available:

  1. 1. Photocopies of your GRE and English proficiency scores
    • Some engineering programs have started requiring GRE scores for their research-based degrees. To verify if your program of interest does, you can check the Graduate College’s program page.
    • International applicants are required to submit English proficiency scores, such as TOEFL and IELTS. We also accept the Pearson Test and the Duolingo Test. For the purpose of applying to Iowa State, English may be considered your primary language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality and nation and English is the language used in your home. 
  2. 2. CV (or resume)
  3. 3. Have an electronic copy (.pdf, .doc, .docx, or .txt) of your official transcripts available to upload, as well as for the GPA and number of credits.

We strongly encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible – November or December is the ideal time for fall admission, and August or September for spring admission. It is beneficial to apply early! We recommend you contact your program of interest for details on application due dates.

If you have all your supporting documentation, we have deferred the collection of application fees until after your application has been reviewed. If you are offered admission, your program may pay your application fee, or it may be assessed on your first university bill after you enroll at Iowa State.   You can apply directly for full admission through the ISU Admissions website