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Interested in Genetics and Genomics Graduate Study?

If you're looking for an exciting learning environment where agronomists, animal scientists, biologists, horticulturists, microbiologists and pathologists work collaboratively to tackle challenging biological questions....... Genetics and Genomics at Iowa State University is where you want to be!

Iowa State Offers:

  • Master's and PhD degree programs in Genetics and Genomics
  • Specialized courses for cross-disciplinary training
  • State-of-the-art facilities for genetics and genomics research
  • a diverse and enthusiastic faculty

Genetics and Genomics Information

  • Admissions - There is no fee associated with sending in an application for the PhD program (see below for Masters applications), but your application must be complete for review.  If anything is missing then your application will not be reviewed.  
  • Financial Support. Stipend (Fall 2023, starts at $9,837 per semester);  Tuition Scholarships - 100% (Ph.D.) and 50% (M.S., assessed at in-state rates) 
  • Student & Scholars Health Insurance Program - Paid Single Health Insurance and Subsidized Dental Insurance
  • Faculty Directory with contact information, home department and research interest areas
  • Coursework Required to complete a Ph.D/MS in Genetics and Genomics
  • GRE's are no longer required.  You can send them in with your application if you have them.  
  • Master's applicants are only admitted if we still have openings after offers are made to PhD applicants or directly admitted with a faculty member. Master's applicants will need to pay the application fee.  
  • FAQ 

Undergraduate Preparation

Undergraduates wishing to prepare for graduate study in Genetics and Genomics should elect courses in basic biology, chemistry at least through organic chemistry, one year of college-level physics, mathematics at least through calculus, at least one thorough course in basic transmission and molecular genetics, one semester of upper level statistics and one semester of upper level biochemistry. Incoming students who have not completed an upper level statistics course and an upper level biochemistry course prior to beginning in the program will take STAT 587 Statistical Methods for Research Workers and BBMB 404 Biochemistry I during their first year of graduate training. A waiver may be requested for these courses by providing appropriate documentation (catalog description and syllabus) to the curriculum committee showing completion of an upper level statistics and upper level biochemistry course equivalent to STAT 587 Statistical Methods for Research Workers and BBMB 404 Biochemistry I.

  • See information on a bachelor of science degree in Genetics.
  • All Ph.D. candidates take a core curriculum comprising of courses from four categories and attend seminars and workshops as described on the POSC progress form
  • GENET Course Information - Iowa State University Courses and Programs

Graduate College Information

Iowa State University Information


updated 9/30/2020