Graduate Study in Physics & Astronomy

We are always looking for students with a strong background in physics to join our graduate program. Our department has theoretical and experimental research programs in the following areas:

We encourage you to explore these links to find out more about our current research programs. Please feel free to contact faculty members directly to find out more about their current research programs. The links in the left navigation bar provide additional information about Iowa State, the Ames Laboratory, and the city of Ames, along with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our program.

Apply Now For Fall 2017

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 entering class. The deadline for all applications to the program is January 1, 2017.

All application material is submitted online through the Office of Admissions. We encourage you to review the application instructions for US applicants or International applicants before starting your application. If you need any assistance with any part of the application process, please e-mail our graduate secretary Ms. Lori Hockett


The department has a limited number of application fee waivers available for highly qualified students. If you are interested, please apply for the waiver before starting your application with the Office of Admissions. Applications for a fee waiver will only be accepted until December 15, 2016.

To apply for a fee waiver please download this short form. Return the completed form to our graduate secretary Ms. Lori Hockett via e-mail. Please do not send any additional materials.

Contact Us

If you have questions about any aspect of our graduate program please contact us by e-mail at If you prefer you may also call the department office at 515-294-5440. Our departmental FAX number is 515-294-6027.

Visit Us

We welcome visits to our department by prospective students. Please contact our graduate secretary, Ms. Lori Hockett, in advance and we can arrange for you to meet with faculty in your area of interest.