Industrial and Agricultural Technology Graduate Program

students work in industrial technology laboratory

Industrial and Agricultural Technology is a MS and PhD graduate program that focuses on technology systems for industry, agricultural, and public sectors.  The PhD program focuses on preparing the next generation of faculty for a broad sector of technology related disciplines. Join our internationally-renowned faculty in fundamental and applied research in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Occupational Safety
  • Industrial Systems Management
  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Degree Programs

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) department offers two graduate degrees in our Industrial and Agricultural Technology Graduate Program.

  • Master of Science in Industrial and Agricultural Technology (MS IAT) – thesis-based and non-thesis options
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Agricultural Technology (PhD IAT)


The graduate courses are called technology systems management (TSM). Read TSM graduate course descriptions.


Master’s Degree

Though there is no guarantee of departmental funding or fellowships, many master’s students obtain teaching or graduate assistantships.  Students may also join our graduate program with demonstrated self-support.  The cost of the ABE graduate programs can be found at ISU’s description of tuition and fees.

Doctoral Degree

Our doctoral students are typically supported by fellowships or research assistantships.  The availability of fellowships and research assistantships varies by department opportunities and each faculty. 

Research Assistantships

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department offers research assistantships with competitive stipends. Please read below about contacting faculty with research interests similar to yours.

Research projects that fund assistantships change each year, so contact specific faculty to determine opportunities for which you may be qualified.  As there is a wide variety of research in ABE, it is recommended that communications with faculty include a brief statement of how your background and interests prepares you to contribute to a specific project.  Graduate students are also able to bring their own funding though external sources (government funding, Fulbright Scholars, etc.).

Admission to Graduate Study

The Graduate Admissions Office handles all admissions to Iowa State University graduate programs. Graduate information is available from the ABE Admissions page.


To learn more about our department’s graduate programs, email

Or contact Joanne Kuntz,, +1 (515) 294-9449.