Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

In addition to Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, interdepartmental Ph.D. programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) , Human-Computer Interaction, and Neuroscience offer opportunities for research-based training of Computer Science graduate students. The Computer Science department also participates in an interdepartmental MS degree program in Information Assurance. Students interested in pursuing these opportunities should apply for admission to the respective interdepartmental program.

Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

The BCB Graduate Program provides an interdisciplinary research environment where successful collaborations between life science researchers and computational scientists have developed over its ten year history. Choose PhD study in ISU's BCB Graduate program and enter a vibrant learning community supported by world class resources. Entering students enjoy full tuition and health insurance credits, as well as a yearly stipend which can range up to $30,000 depending on the fellowship received. Apply by Jan. 15. FAQs to apply.

M.S., Ph.D., Human-Computer Interaction

The HCI Graduate Program promotes a flexible curriculum that encourages students to develop a program of study specific to their research interests. With only three core courses for the MS and four for the PhD, the program leaves room for students to take electives from a multitude of disciplines to enhance their research. The Graduate Program is also closely related to ongoing research. Many of our graduate students have research assistantships, working with faculty associated with the Virtual Reality Applications Center and from other departments across campus. The Graduate Certificate Program allows student who are working in business and industry to take courses using distance education technologies. Students who are working full time are able to take courses to learn more about Human Computer Interaction, furthering their education without having to travel to the Iowa State University campus to study or committing to a full graduate program.

M.S., Information Assurance

Iowa State University has been offering courses in information assurance since 1995 and has one of the largest programs in the country. Graduate degrees can be obtained in a traditional on campus setting or as an on-line program. For information on the on-line degree program visit

Ph.D., Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Program's philosophy is based on the balanced combination of mentoring, general curriculum and frontier collaborative research to teach students essential theoretical, research, teaching, writing and presentation skills and to prepare students for the competitive environment in academia and industry. The program reflects the structure of contemporary neuroscience which has become a diverse and inter-disciplinary field. All students admitted into the PhD program receive an annual stipend of $22,000/year and 100% tuition scholarship their first year. All admitted graduate students receive free single coverage health and dental insurance.