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Iowa State University PhD in Physical Sciences

44 Doctor's Degrees Awarded

Physical Sciences is a program of study at Iowa State University. The school offers a doctor’s degree in the area. We’ve pulled together some essential information you should know about the doctor’s degree program in physical sciences, including how many students graduate each year, the ethnic diversity of these students, and more.

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How Much Does a Doctorate in Physical Sciences from Iowa State Cost?

$10,986 Average Tuition and Fees

Iowa State Graduate Tuition and Fees

In 2019-2020, the average part-time graduate tuition at Iowa State was $1,374 per credit hour for out-of-state students. The average for in-state students was $543 per credit hour. The average full-time tuition and fees for graduate students are shown in the table below.

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Does Iowa State Offer an Online PhD in Physical Sciences?

Online degrees for the Iowa State physical sciences doctor’s degree program are not available at this time. To see if the school offers distance learning options in other areas, visit the Iowa State Online Learning page.

Iowa State Doctorate Student Diversity for Physical Sciences

44 Doctor's Degrees Awarded
36.4% Women
4.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2019-2020 academic year, 44 students received their doctor’s degree in physical sciences. The gender and racial-ethnic breakdown of those individuals is shown below.

Male-to-Female Ratio

Of the students who received their doctor’s degree in physical sciences in 2019-2020, 36.4% of them were women. This is higher than the nationwide number of 34.0%.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

Of those graduates who received a doctor’s degree in physical sciences at Iowa State in 2019-2020, 4.5% were racial-ethnic minorities*. This is lower than the nationwide number of 12%.

Race/EthnicityNumber of Students
Black or African American1
Hispanic or Latino0
Native American or Alaska Native0
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander0
International Students22
Other Races/Ethnicities5

PhD in Physical Sciences Focus Areas at Iowa State

Physical Sciences students may decide to major in one of the following focus areas.

Focus AreaAnnual Graduates
Astronomy & Astrophysics2
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology2
Geological & Earth Sciences1


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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