Graduate programs

From researching the nutritional relationships in cancer, diabetes, and obesity to producing new food products full of flavor, you can find a graduate program that fits your interests.

Our faculty serve in national and international professional societies and collaborate with centers on the Iowa State campus and universities throughout the world, which will provide you with numerous research and networking opportunities.


Research assistantships are offered to all graduate students admitted to Food Science and Technology or Nutritional Sciences. Students wishing to be considered for a research assistantship beginning in fall semesters must have materials submitted by December 1.

Scholarships are also available on a competitive basis from FSHN, the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Sciences, and other sources. Learn more about scholarships.


The following materials will be used by the potential major professor to determine whether or not a candidate will be offered an assistantship:

  • Letters of recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • Statement of interest in specific signature area on supplemental form

More information on the assistantship application process can be found on each program’s application and admission page.