How to Apply

Co-Majors and Minors: Strongly Preferred

The BRT program offers MS and PhD degrees as co-majors and minors. Prospective BRT students should apply directly to a departmental graduate program at Iowa State University, then upon admission to apply to the BRT as a co-major or minor. ISU graduate students wishing to co-major or minor in BRT need only submit a Request to Add a Co-Major or Minor form, available at www.grad-college.iastate.edu/forms/forms.html. Co-majors and minors should declare themselves within their first year of study at ISU; processing of the paperwork typically takes one month.

Direct Admission: Special Cases Only

Direct admission to BRT is rare, and is allowed only if a BEI faculty affiliate initiates the process. If a BEI affiliate initiates a direct-admit, the following protocols will apply:

  1. Faculty Support Required: Direct admission to BRT is rare, admission is considered only if a Bioeconomy Institute faculty affiliate provides a Letter of support indicating willingness to act as major professor. Applications without a letter of support are automatically denied. See the list of BEI affiliates.
  2. Evaluation Process: Direct Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of the applicant, with particular attention paid to evidence of high scholastic aptitude and achievement and demonstrated interest and activity in Biorenewable Resources & Technology.
  3. Testing Requirements: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all direct applicants. Although the program sets no minimum grade-point average (GPA) and no minimum GRE scores, students shall typically be expected to have a GPA of 3.3 or better and GRE scores for verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests at or above the 80th percentile. For international students, the minimum required score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).
  4. Additional Paperwork: Direct Admission applicants must submit the following application materials directly to the ISU Graduate Admissions Office: a Graduate College Application, transcripts of all college work, official GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
  5. Timing: Direct Admission applicants should apply the semester before their anticipated start, and admissions decisions will require at least three months from the receipt of a completed application.

Program of Study – Committee

The major professor guides the student in development of a graduate program of study POS committee selection. After the POS committee has been selected, this group guides and evaluates the student during the remainder of graduate study. According to the Graduate College guidelines, the selection of POS committee members are as follows:

  1. Major Professor – in home department and BRT
  2. Home department faculty member OR BRT faculty member
  3. Home department faculty member OR BRT faculty member
  4. A faculty member outside home department and BRT OR in one area but not both
  5. A faculty member of your choice

For additional information regarding POS member selection, please refer to the Graduate College Handbook.

Application Deadlines and Requirements

Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of the applicant, with particular attention paid to evidence of high scholastic aptitude and achievement and demonstrated interest and activity in Biorenewable Resources & Technology.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all direct applicants. Although the program sets no minimum grade-point average (GPA) and no minimum GRE scores, students shall typically be expected to have a GPA of 3.3 or better and GRE scores for verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests at or above the 80th percentile. For international students, the minimum required score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

ISU graduate students wishing to co-major or minor in BRT need only submit a Request to Add a Co-Major or Minor form, available at www.grad-college.iastate.edu/forms/forms.html.

Students not enrolled in the ISU Graduate College must submit the following required application materials directly to the ISU Graduate Admissions Office: a Graduate College Application, transcripts of all college work, official GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

External applicants should apply the semester before their anticipated start, and admissions decisions will require at least three months from the receipt of a completed application. Co-majors and minors should declare themselves within their first year of study at ISU; processing of the paperwork typically takes one month.



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