Applying/Admissions General Information

Our graduate programs in Apparel, Merchandising and Design and Hospitality Management are known for their rigorous research and academic standards, as well as the quality interaction each student receives from faculty members.

General information about applying and admission

ISU graduate admissions

Check out the following topics for more graduate admissions information:


The ISU Admissions site provides an online admissions application and information on materials to be sent directly to the department.

Admissions - ISU Info

ISU provides a list of frequently asked questions about admissions.

Undergraduate requirements - degrees in other areas

Students with degrees in other areas may apply for the program. If admitted, it will be on a provisional basis, which means that the student will be required to take a number of undergraduate courses either prior to or concurrent with graduate courses. These undergraduate courses are to provide the necessary foundation needed and do not count towards the number of credits required for the graduate degree.

Program Requirements

Hospitality Management

For the Hospitality Management program, prior to admission, all students must have completed at least one-half of the prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses are:

  • Business Law (3 semester credits)
  • Computer Science (3 semester credits)
  • Economics (3 semester credits)
  • Financial Accounting (3 semester credits)
  • Food Preparation (3 semester credits)
  • Human Resource Management (3 semester credits)
  • Management (3 semester credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 semester credits)
  • Marketing (3 semester credits)
  • Nutrition (3 semester credits)
  • Quantity Food Production (5 credits)

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

For Apparel, Merchandising, and Design the requirements can be found at the ISU Program and Application Information and Apparel, Merchandising, and Design graduate programs pages. We do not have a minimum requirement for GRE scores.

TOEFL - English Test

For the purpose of applying for admission to Iowa State University, English may be considered your primary language only if you have been raised in an environment where English is the ONLY official language of your locality and nation, and English has been the primary language used in your home.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirement by any one of the options listed on the ISU Graduate College Admission site.

GRE Codes

Use Iowa State University’s code = 6306. We do not have a code for the major.

Letters of Recommendation

The ISU Graduate Admissions site has the links for the letter of recommendation forms for international and US students.

International TA Program

The AESHM department requires that new teaching and research assistants whose native language is not English take the test before the start of the first semester. This test evaluates the ability to communicate effectively in English.

Tests of oral proficiency and teaching skills are given before the beginning of each semester. A prospective teaching assistant who does not pass is required to complete coursework in speaking and teaching skills and must be retested.

Financing Graduate Education


The AESHM department offers teaching and research assistantships. These are very competitive. Assistants pay resident tuition, and the department pays a portion of an assistant’s tuition.

  • For a master’s student, 25% is paid if employed for 10 hours per week and 50% is paid for those employed 20 hours per week.
  • For Ph.D. students, 50% of their tuition is paid by the department if employed for 10 hours per week and 100% is paid for those employed 20 hours per week.

The College of Human Science offers competitive graduate student scholarships. Refer to the CHS graduate student scholarships page for application information.


The assistantships page lists the monthly rate of pay for assistantships.

Tuition and fees

The ISU Registrar site provides information about tuition and fees for resident and non-resident tuitions per semester.

Distance Education

AESHM offers a Hospitality Management-focused Ph.D. distance learning program. For details, see the Sample PHD Plan (PDF) and the Hospitality Management Graduate page.

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design does not offer a distance education program. The College of Human Sciences offers a comprehensive (more general) degree with limited Apparel, Merchandising, and Design course options.


Your application is reviewed by a number of graduate faculty members and the Director of Graduate Education who will send an email and a hard copy with the decision within three to four weeks from the time your application is complete.


Class registration is completed either when the student is on-campus during the fall semester orientation prior to the start of the school year or through email communication with the Director of Graduate Education (DOGE). Because many graduate courses fill quickly or require numbers of students in order to offer the course, students are encouraged to work with the DOGE via email.

Spring semester registration starts in mid-October; Fall semester registration starts in mid-March.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is paid for a graduate assistant. Additional insurance may be purchased for family members.


Once you have accepted our offer, the Department of Residence sends you a package of information about on-campus housing. See the Department of Residence page for more information. Information about the city of Ames can be found at City of Ames and Ames Visitors and Convention Bureau.

  • Contact Information

    LouAnn Doyle
    Graduate Secretary
    31 MacKay
    515 294-2695


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