This program is for teachers already holding teacher licensure and provides opportunities for in-depth study of social studies curricula and pedagogy, global education, and new developments in history and the social sciences.

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring Semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer Session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, history or one of the social sciences from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better in history and/or social science courses
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Hold a secondary teaching licensure/certificate (recommended)

Application Procedure

  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 TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Evidence of writing ability in the form of a completed major paper or essay
  • 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 program in social studies education requires 38 s.h. of graduate credit.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the M.A. program create a course of study in consultation with their advisor that aligns with their interests related to social studies education and/or their profession. Students distribute the program's required 38 s.h. among three concentration fields in history or a social science (or related area), social studies and global education, and general education. At least 9 s.h. must be earned in history or a social science and in general education courses numbered 3000 or above. Students also must earn at least 12 s.h. in courses numbered 6000 or above offered through the social studies education program.

Students who choose the thesis option complete a research or investigative problem. If the thesis is research or investigation in history, social science, or a related area, the thesis director is a member of the appropriate department. If the thesis is an investigative problem in social studies education, the thesis director is a College of Education faculty member.

Comprehensive Examination

An M.A. candidate selects one faculty member from each concentration area to serve as a committee member responsible for creating and reviewing a question for the written exam. Committee members are selected in consultation with the candidate's advisor. The required comprehensive examination consists of three two-hour written exams, one on each of the three concentration fields.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester—July 15
(April 15 for international students) 

Spring Semester—December 1
(October 1 for international students) 

Summer Session—April 15
(March 1 for international students) 

Application Questions