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University of Iowa College of Engineering Overview

High quality research and graduate education are central to the mission of The University of Iowa College of Engineering. The college is proud of its production of a substantial volume of externally funded research and of its role in preparing engineering leaders equipped with master's and doctoral degrees. National publications have consistently ranked the quality of graduate education at the college among the top 20 percent of institutions nationally. The University of Iowa's College of Engineering does not strive to be the biggest or most comprehensive among engineering colleges. Rather it seeks to focus its efforts and resources in areas of unique strength where true distinction is attainable. Major research focus areas include computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, photopolymerization, big data analytics, machine learning, large-scale intelligent systems, renewable energy, sustainability, nanoscience, and nanotechnology. These areas of focus are based on substantial faculty strengths in the college and are well positioned for addressing emerging national needs. To date, current and former faculty members hold more than 135 patents and are responsible for $51.1 million (2015-2016) in college and interdisciplinary research expenditures--approximately $568,000 per faculty member.

The University of Iowa College of Engineering Advantage

University of Iowa College of Engineering participates energetically in all four of Iowa's economic development initiatives: advanced manufacturing, information solutions, biosciences, and wind energy. In biosciences, all six of the college's engineering disciplines (biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical) have close teaching and research ties with all five health sciences colleges (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and public health) on the same campus--a unique advantage over many U.S. public research institutions. The University of Iowa College of Engineering excels nationally and internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas. The College has an established a global reputation for its four research units--Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Center for Computer-Aided Design, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging. An additional center led by a UI Engineering faculty member as director is the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

University of Iowa College of Engineering Faculty

College faculty members have strategic teaching and research ties with a multitude of interdisciplinary areas on the University of Iowa campus. Currently, 31 engineering faculty members (34 percent) hold secondary appointments in other engineering departments and UI colleges, including Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Public Policy Center, and Urban and Regional Planning. Forty-nine University of Iowa faculty members from other UI colleges and departments hold secondary appoints in the College of Engineering. Seventy-three engineering faculty members (76 percent) have affiliations with 17 major university research centers and institutes.

Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Master's Degrees 62
Doctoral Degrees 55

Earning Your Degree

Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required for some
Oral exam and/or thesis
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
Spring deadline August 1st August 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Exam GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Official academic records/transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Official academic records/transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 81
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 4.35%
Black or African American 1.09%
White or Caucasian 45%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 1.45%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.9%
Unknown 2.9%


Male (75%)
Female (24%)


Total faculty
Full-time (95)
Part-time (17)
Male (100)
Female (12)


Focus of faculty research: Not reported
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 3100 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA  52242-1527
United States
Contact Dr. Alec Scranton
Email: alec-scranton@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-335-5766
Fax: 319-335-6086