Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Interdepartmental Genetics


657 Ross Hall

Alumni Hall

Ames, IA 50011

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.- Genetics, M.S.- Genetics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Genetics Graduate Program at Iowa State University has 87 faculty and 96 graduate students working and training in many different areas of genetics. We offer assistantships, Fellowships, Tuition Scholarships (students on assistantships are assessed at in-state rates; MS pay 50% of their tuition, Ph.D. pay no tuition), and paid single health insurance. Students can be directly admitted to a laboratory or participate in rotations through three laboratories before mutually agreeing on a major professor and research project. Genetics faculty have strengths in many areas, from fundamental studies at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels, to research with immediate practical application. Ongoing research projects span all the major areas of theoretical and experimental genetics, including genomics, molecular studies of gene regulation, gene mapping, transposable element studies, developmental genetics, quantitative and mathematical genetics, evolutionary genetics and population genetics. We welcome applications year around, but for best chances for admission apply for Fall. Iowa State has a strong history of focusing on relevant social, environmental and international issues to strengthen food and agriculture for our nation and the world. Iowa State has state-of-the-art biotechnology service and support facilities and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Genetics program reviews all domestic applications upon completion. Selected prospective students are invited for interviews with faculty, to tour the campus, and meet present graduate students. International applications are reviewed in February with announcement of admissions between March 1 and May 15. We offer a strong core curriculum in genetics and faculty and students have a strong publishing record. Upon completion of their degree, genetics graduate students go on to excellent opportunities in academia and in industry. Iowa State is located in Ames, Iowa. Ames and the surrounding area has popular year around indoor and outdoor activities. Iowa State has a strong cultural, theatrical and sports programs located on a beautiful campus. Ames has a high quality of life environment and you can ride the bus for free.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

The same requirements as domestic students plus TOEFL examination.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 32 MS and 72 Ph.D.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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