Doctoral students in the Social Studies Education program take courses in history, the social sciences, and global education.

Required coursework includes advanced seminars on the history and philosophical foundations of social studies education and research approaches to social studies and global education. Students also participate in the research and college teaching activities of the social studies education program.

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
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test (verbal and quantitative) combined score of at least 300
  • 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 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
  • Evidence of writing ability in the form of a thesis seminar paper, field research, or publication
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.
  • 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!

The Ph.D. program prepares supervisors, curriculum directors, teacher education personnel, and college instructors in the social sciences and pedagogy. Students enroll in courses in history, social sciences, or related areas, depending on the background and goals of the candidate. In addition, they enroll in advanced seminars on the history and philosophical foundations of social studies education, civics education, research approaches to social studies education, and problems of historical understanding. Candidates for the Ph.D. also participate in the research and college teaching activities of the social studies education program during their residence at The University of Iowa. 

For more information on the Ph.D. program, please see the General Catalog listing.

Career Opportunities
  • Supervisors
  • Curriculum directors
  • Teacher education personnel
  • College instructors in the social sciences and pedagogy
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