Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the VCS Graduate Program. We want your application process to be as easy as possible.

The links listed to the left provide you with information on admissions requirements and application materials.


(Please follow the directions on the portal linked & select "Veterinary Clinical Sciences" for MS program)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Dr. Albert Jergens, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)
Professor, and Associate Chair of Research and Graduate Studies

Veterinary Clinical Sciences
2565 Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
Ames, IA 50011

Phone: 515.294.4900

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 VCS 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:
      TOEFL Paper (PBT)


      TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
      IELTS 6.5
      DuoLingo (approved through Spring 2025 admission cycle) 105
  • 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 VCS 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.