Masters and PhD Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must hold either a baccalaureate degree (BA, BS) or a professional degree (DVM, MD, etc.) from an accredited institution in the United States. Applicants trained outside the U.S. should hold equivalent degrees from a recognized institution whose requirements for the baccalaureate or professional degrees are substantially equivalent to those at Iowa State University. Before applying to the VDPAM program, please review the program information below and the university requirements for U.S. applicants and international applicants.


Application Materials

The following materials should be submitted through the online application system:

  • Graduate application with statement of purpose; describing background, research interests, and career objectives.
    • TOEFL/IELTS (nonnative English speakers only). The English proficiency minimum for these exams are:

  • Official Undergraduate or professional transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation

Faculty Nomination

Qualified applicants will be accepted into the program only after the graduate student has been accepted by a major professor. Potential applicants are encouraged to research the VDPAM faculty and contact those with similar research interest prior to submitting an application.

    Application Deadlines

    We accept applications throughout the year with entrance into the program all terms (Fall, Spring and Summer). To allow review of your complete application we suggest that your application be completed by mid-June for fall admission, mid-October for spring admission and mid-March for summer admission.


    Contact Information

    Chloe Petersen
    Student Services Specialist II 
    Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
    2412 Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
    Ames, IA 50011

    Phone: 515.294.3837