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What will I learn?

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Computational Molecular Biology;

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Data Structures; Artificial Intelligence; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Database Systems; Operating Systems; Parallel and Distributed Computing; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Robotics; Theory

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

Master core areas of Computer Science

Demonstrate ability to communicate technical concepts and research results

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (31 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$28,030.00 (20,84,569) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 September 2021

Start date

23 August 2021


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To proceed with the application process in the master’s programs in the School of Education, you must meet the following minimum requirements for admission: Undergraduate degree (e.g., B.A., or B.S.) from an accredited institution. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in your undergraduate degree. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted in exceptional cases.

For international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 79
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 53
Duo Lingo English Test: 105 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: Fall 2021 pre-applications are due 15 November 2020 or 1 February 2021; spring 2022 pre-applications are due 15 July 2021 or 1 September 2021. Pre-applications approved to continue for the full application are due 1 month after the pre-admission deadline (e.g., 15 December 2020 for fall 2021).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Iowa State University

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