This 32-semester hour, interdisciplinary master’s program provides students with a broad overview of the field. SCS faculty and students come from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences. Faculty members specialize in the three core disciplines (sociology, history, and philosophy of education) and are focused on their students’ growth as scholars and practitioners.

Application Deadline

  • February 15 (Fall semester)*

* We will continue to review applications beyond this date; however, program enrollment numbers may limit late admissions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. We cannot guarantee that late applications will receive consideration for funding.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Official GRE scores.
  • A personal interview with one or more members of the Schools, Culture, and Society faculty (recommended)

Application Process

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  3. Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  4. A one- to three-page statement of career goals
  5. Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Master of Arts in SCS is a non-thesis program. The program requires a minimum of 32 s.h. of graduate credit. Students complete at least 21 s.h. in SCS. Students take:

  • Disciplinary Concentration Area: 12 hours in one Disciplinary Concentration Area: History or Sociology of Education
  • Other Disciplinary Area: 9 hours
  • Cognate: 11 hours of coursework in a concentration area outside SCS disciplinary areas appropriate to the student’s career and academic goals.
  • TOTAL: 32 semester hours.

FileDownload the SCS MA Student Handbook for more information.

Employment Opportunities
  • Teachers and administrators in K-12 schools
  • Educational policy leaders
Application Deadlines
  • February 15 (Fall semester)*

* We will continue to review applications beyond this date; however, program enrollment numbers may limit late admissions.

Application Questions