Admissions Requirements for M.S. Plant Breeding Distance Option

To be admitted to the program, students will be required to meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  2. Graduate in the top half of your class (GPA of approximately 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Successfully complete the following ISU courses or their equivalent at another institution:
  • Agronomy 114: Principles of Crop Production OR
  • Horticulture 221: Principles of Horticulture (3 credits)
  • Biology 101: Introductory Biology (3 credits)
  • Chemistry 163: General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Math 140: College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Statistics 104: Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

These prerequisites have been limited to those considered essential because many potential students for the degree program will not have majored in agronomy as undergraduates.

Generally, students who have completed a 4-year degree from a College of Agriculture will have satisfied most of these requirements. Meeting the requirements mentioned above does not guarantee admission. If you do not currently meet the requirements, we can advise you on how to prepare yourself to enter the program.

International Students

  • Non-native speakers of English will need to provide a TOEFL score.

If you have met all the requirements above and would like to apply to the program, please follow this link to get started with your online graduate application. Note: there is a $60 fee to apply for admission at Iowa State University for US applicants and $100 fee for international applicants.