Admission

Students must apply to the Iowa State University Graduate College using the electronic application form. The department requests additional materials to complete an application packet.  View more specific information from major links below.

Students initially approved for admission to our program must secure an assistantship offer from one of our faculty before being officially admitted to our program.

Recommended deadlines for submitting application materials:

  • Spring Semester – October 1, domestic students; August 1, international students
  • Summer Session – November 1, domestic and international students
  • Fall Semester – January 15, domestic and international students

Applications are accepted year round.

GRE codes: ISU - 6306; FST - 0107; NS - 0214

TOEFL codes: ISU - 6306; FST - 30; NS - 77

Assistantships

Research assistantships are offered to all graduate students admitted to Food Science and Technology or Nutritional Sciences. Students wishing to be considered for a research assistantship beginning in fall semesters must have materials submitted by January 15.

Scholarships are also available on a competitive basis from FSHN, the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, and other sources. More »

Food Science and Technology requirements

The following must be received in order for your application file to be complete for review by the Graduate Admissions Committee:

  • Iowa State University Graduate College Application

  • Applicant Supplemental Information Form

  • Nonrefundable application fee: domestic applicants - $60.00 (entry fall 2014 or later); international applicants - $100.00 (entry fall 2014 or later)

  • Official academic transcripts from each college or university currently or previously attended. (Official transcripts from Iowa State University are not required.)

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employers acquainted with the qualifications that would make the applicant a successful graduate student

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing), minimum requirements:Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Required for non-native English speakers.  Minimum requirements: Paper-based - 530, Internet-based - 71. For more detailed requirements go to the ISU Graduate College Admission site.

    • Before August 1, 2011: Verbal - 400, quantitative - 500, analytical writing - 3.5
    • After August 1, 2011: Verbal - 146, quantitative - 144, analytical writing - 3.5.

Letter of recommendation process: Use the online letter of recommendation process on the Iowa State University Graduate College application.  When you include your recommenders’ names and e-mail addresses on the application form, they will be sent instructions on how to submit their letter electronically.  If recommenders prefer to submit a hard copy, they may download and complete the Letter of Recommendation form and submit it directly to our department.

Nutritional Science requirements

The following must be received in order for your application file to be complete for review by the Graduate Admissions Committee:

  • Iowa State University Graduate College Application

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employers. These letters should be requested from individuals who are well acquainted with and prepared to describe in detail the qualifications that would make the applicant a successful graduate student.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Required for non-native English speakers.  Minimum requirements: Paper-based 550, computer-based 213, internet-based 79.

Letter of recommendation process: Use the online letter of recommendation process on the Iowa State University application.   When you include your recommenders’ names and e-mail addresses on the application form, they will receive instructions on how to submit their letter electronically.

International students

Food Science and Technology Majors

In order to be considered for admission to Food Science and Technology in our department, you must first submit a pre-application form (no fees are required with this form). Interested students in nutritional sciences need not complete this application. The pre-application is to determine whether minimum requirements for admission have been met.  If these minimum requirements have been met, a formal application from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will be sent.  Receiving formal application materials does not imply, suggest, or guarantee admission to our graduate program.

Incomplete pre-applications will not be considered for review. All scores must be listed on applications; applications are considered incomplete without them.

  • Contact Information

    Brenda Emery
    Program Assistant
    220 MacKay Hall
    fshngraduate@iastate.edu
    515 294-6442

     

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