Apply Now For Fall 2021 - Deadline is Jan. 7, 2021

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 entering class. The deadline for all applications to the program is January 7, 2021.

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, Kaylee Wellik

Due to COVID-19, we temporarily suspend the GRE requirement for graduate admission for Fall 2021 application cycle. Submission of GRE score is optional during this period for students who were able to take the exam, but missing GRE score will not negatively affect the application process.

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.

To apply for a fee waiver please download this short form. Return the completed form to our graduate secretary, Kaylee Wellik 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, Kaylee Wellik, in advance and we can arrange for you to meet with faculty in your area of interest.

Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory

Our condensed matter and biophysics research efforts are greatly enhanced by the presence of the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on the Iowa State University campus (literally next door to the Department of Physics and Astronomy). Many of our faculty hold cross-appointments with Ames Lab, and DOE staff scientists often work with our graduate students.