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Graduate degree program

Deadline:

Apply by December 1, 2019.
Admissions to fall semesters only.

ISU Office of Admissions requirements

Application materials to be submitted to both the Iowa State University (ISU) Office of Admissions and the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate program.

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

  • Graduate College Application and fee. 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 can be uploaded to the online application, but 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.
  • Graduate Examination Scores. The ISU Institution code is 6306. To take the GRE, 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

International applicants are required to take the TOEFL and must arrange to have scores sent to ISU. The ISU Institution code is 6306.

International applicants must also submit a financial statement. For info on visa and financial requirements, international applicants should refer to the Graduate Programs, Certificates, and Minors Page for additional requirements and instructions.

HDFS requirements

The HDFS graduate degree program requires the following:

  • HDFS Supplemental/Departmental form. Complete both sections A and B. Section A is electronically sent to us. Please attach your answers to the questions in section B to your online application.
  • 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.

Graduate certificate program

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

Deadline:

The HDFS graduate certificate programs have a rolling deadline, so students may apply for any semester.

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

  • HDFS Supplemental/Departmental form. Complete both sections A and B. Section A is electronically sent to us. Please attach your answers to the questions in section B to your online application.

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. Section A is electronically sent to us. Please attach your answers to the questions in section B to your online application.
  • 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.