College of Engineering The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
in-state | out-of-state tuition
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


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.

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.

Research focus areas include computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, photopolymerization, and 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 $54 million (2013-2014) in college and interdisciplinary research expenditures--approximately $632,000 per faculty member.

The University of Iowa College of Engineering Advantage

University of Iowa College of Engineering participates energetically in all 4 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.

Four additional research centers are led by UI Engineering faculty members as directors: Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, and the new Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Institute.

The University of Iowa has two of only about 50 National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in the U.S. The Photopolymerizations Center and the Center for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation: Mechanical and Electromechanical Systems are directed by College of Engineering faculty.

The I/UCRCs have led the way to a new era of partnership between universities and industry, featuring high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets.

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, 27 engineering faculty members (30 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-seven University of Iowa faculty members from other UI colleges and departments hold secondary appoints in the College of Engineering.

Seventy-five engineering faculty members (69 percent) have affiliations with 15 major university research centers and institutes.

Location & Contact

College of Engineering

The University of Iowa

3100 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-1527
United States

Dr. Alec Scranton


Phone: 319-335-5766
Fax: 319-335-6086

Michael Barron

Director of Admissions

Phone: 319-335-1525
Fax: 319-335-1535

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 71
    • Doctoral Degrees 46
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 532
    • Accepted 84
    • Acceptance Rate 15
    • Enrolled 41
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 1st August 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, official academic records/transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of purpose
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, official academic records/transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of purpose
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students332
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students332
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty99
    • Full-time Percentage91%
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Female Percentage15%
    • Male Percentage85%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$54,022,620




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