SCS is interdisciplinary in nature and designed to prepare students for positions in academic institutions and educational policy-making organizations.

This 90 semester hour program places a strong emphasis on building research skills. 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

    • January 15* (Fall Semester)

    * Applications will be reviewed beyond this date; however, program enrollment numbers may limit late admissions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The program 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
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
    • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
    • A personal interview with one or more members of the Schools, Culture, and Society faculty (recommended)
    • Undergraduate and/or graduate emphasis in education, philosophy, history, sociology, or the humanities (encouraged)

    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

    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
    • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
    • A one- to three-page statement of purpose
    • 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.

    Contacts

    Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Requirements (90 semester hours)
    FileFull information available in the SCS Ph.D. Student Handbook (2018-2019)

    Students are encouraged to complete the required core early in their program of studies. The curriculum is organized as follows:

    • Required core: 12 hours
    • Disciplinary foundation: 12 hours
    • Research: 15–17 hours
      (15 hours for research option 1 or 17 hours for research option 2)
    • Interdisciplinary focus: 9 hours
    • Cognate: 28–30 hours
      (30 hours for research option 1 or 28 hours for research option 2)
    • Dissertation: 12 hours
    Employment Opportunities
    • Faculty and researchers at colleges and universities
    • Leaders at educational policy-making organizations
    • Administrators at international education organizations
    Application Questions

    Sue Cline
    Office of Student Services
    319-335-5260
    sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

    Application Deadline: January 15* (Fall Semester)

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