Admission to HDFS Graduate Degree Program/Certificates

Graduate Degree Program

Deadline

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate degree program application deadline is December 1 each year, with admissions to fall semesters only.

ISU Office of Admissions requirements

The process of applying for admission to the HDFS graduate program at Iowa State University requires application materials to be submitted to both the Iowa State University Office of Admissions and the HDFS graduate program

The Iowa State University Office of Admissions requires the following to be submitted:

  • Graduate College Application and fee. The online electronic process begins with the ISU Admissions graduate application. HDFS applicants are not required to complete the “Statement of Purpose” section on the graduate application.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official academic transcripts must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions, 100 Enrollment Services, Ames, IA 50011-2011. Copies of official transcripts can be uploaded in the Admissions online application, however, if accepted to a graduate program, the Office of Admissions will need official transcripts mailed to their address above before you would be able to register for courses.
  • GRE scores. The ISU Institution code is 6306. To arrange to take the Graduate Record Examination, visit the GRE website or write to Graduate Record Examination, Box 955, Princeton, NJ, 08541 or call 1-800-473-2255 for test information. Allow at least three weeks for the GRE scores to reach us.

International applicants

All international applicants should refer to the Office of Admissions site for additional requirements and instructions. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL and must arrange to have the TOEFL scores sent to ISU. The ISU Institution code: 6306. International applicants must also submit a financial statement. For information on visa and financial requirements visit the Office of Admissions international student site.

HDFS Department requirements

The  Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate degree program requires the following:

  • HDFS Supplemental/Departmental form. Complete both sections A and B - Section A is electronically sent to us. Email section B directly to our department at hdfs-grad-adm@iastate.edu.
  • Resume or vita - Upload within your electronic Admissions application.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These must clearly speak to your ability to pursue an advanced degree and should be preferably someone familiar with your academic work.   Have your recommenders submit them via your online graduate application. If you provide the email address of your recommenders on your online graduate application, those recommenders will automatically be sent an email with a link to submit their recommendations electronically. You can have your recommenders submit letters of recommendation via email to hdfs-grad-adm@iastate.edu if they do not submit through the online admissions application.

Financial Aid

Visit the financial support page for resources to fund your educational experience.

Contact

If you have questions or wish more information, contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Bellinda Hegelheimer at our toll-free number 877-891-5349, extension 6321.

You may also reach us through the departmental e-mail address: hdfs-grad-adm@iastate.edu.

Graduate Certificate Program

Deadline

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate certificate programs have a rolling deadline, so students may apply for any semester. Students must have at least one course left to take before applying to a certificate program.

The process of applying for admission to the HDFS graduate certificates at Iowa State University requires application materials to be submitted to both the Iowa State University Graduate College Graduate Admissions and the HDFS graduate program.

Requirements for Non-ISU graduate students

ISU Office of Admissions requirements

The  Iowa State Office of Admissions requires the following to be submitted:

  • Graduate College Application and fee. The electronic process begins with the ISU Admissions graduate application. For “Type of Application,” students should choose “Graduate degree-seeking.” HDFS applicants are not required to complete the “Statement of Purpose” section on the graduate application.
  • Transcripts. Note that the minimum undergraduate GPA needs to be at least a 3.0. Official academic transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions, 100 Enrollment Services, Ames, IA 50011-2011.

HDFS Department requirements

The  Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate degree program requires the following to be submitted

Students must have at least one course left to take before applying to a certificate program.

Requirements for current/past ISU graduate students

If you have ever been admitted (current or past) as a degree seeking graduate student in any department, please submit the following:

  • HDFS Supplemental/Departmental form. Complete both sections A and B.
  • Request to pursue a certificate in addition to grad degree. Complete both sections I and II, unless you are an HDFS graduate student, then you only need to complete section I.
  • Transcripts. Note that the minimum undergraduate GPA needs to be at least a 3.0.  If you are not an HDFS graduate student, please have your current department send a copy of your transcripts to the HDFS graduate program in 2361 Palmer. If you are an  HDFS graduate student, the department will already have access to your transcripts.

Please note: Since you are a current degree seeking ISU graduate student, the Office of Admissions will already have  your official transcripts.

Students must have at least one course left to take before applying to a certificate program.

Financial Aid

Visit the financial support page for resources to fund your educational experience.

Contact

If you have questions or wish more information, contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Bellinda Hegelheimer, at our toll-free number 877-891-5349, extension 6321.

You may also reach us through the departmental e-mail address: hdfs-grad-adm@iastate.edu.