Frequently-asked-questions for graduate programs and admission

Admission committees do not review applicants until after the priority deadline has passed and will not review incomplete applications. Please allow up to six weeks from your program’s priority deadline, or the date you apply post-deadline, to receive a status update.

The Master of Community Development is the only fully online program in the college. All other College of Design graduate degrees and certificates have in-person delivery only.

Application fee vouchers are not available. A financial contribution at the application phase indicates a seriousness about gaining admission to our program. The expectation is that prospective students will be able to cover the cost of their graduate studies from their own financial resources for the duration of the program. A limited number of highly competitive assistantships are available each academic year that cannot be guaranteed to anyone in advance of reviewing the full application pool. Additionally, it is important to understand that assistantships do not provide 100% tuition and living expenses. It is important that you feel prepared to cover the full cost of your studies.

Assistantships for terminal degrees, such as M.Arch, MFA, and MID provide resident tuition and 50% tuition scholarship. Professional degrees, such as MS Arch, MAxGD, and MA in ID provide resident tuition and a 25% scholarship. 

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit English proficiency examination scores with their application. You can find accepted exams and necessary scores here.

No. Questions regarding graduate programs or how to apply should be sent to Individual faculty members do not make admission or assistantship decisions. Instead, admission and financial assistance is determined by a committee. You may name faculty or research interests in your statement of purpose when applying.

Getting here is a process. Domestic applicants should expect to receive their official offer of admission up to three weeks after learning their status from their DOGE. International students will not receive an official offer but will be contacted regarding necessary additional documents two to three weeks after the DOGE processes the admission recommendation. Please wait at least three weeks after submitting your financial statement and passport scan for your I20 and official offer of admission to be produced. These documents will be sent via email to the address used to apply for admission.

None of the graduate programs offered by the College of Design at Iowa State require the GRE. You may view admission requirements for your program of interest here.

The College of Design does not have any PhD programs but we do offer terminal degrees in many of our fields.

You will automatically be considered for a departmental assistantship or scholarship upon applying for admission if you apply by your program’s priority deadline. Applying for admission after the deadline has passed reduces the likelihood of receiving funding. Please note that our assistantships and scholarships do not cover tuition in full.

STEM programs are M.Arch, MCRP and MLA.

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