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 research and about research opportunities. 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.

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admissions has passed. Information about applying for Fall 2018 will be posted here in early August 2017.

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.