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!

Minimum total semester hours required: 32 s.h.

Disciplinary Concentration Areas and Courses (24 s.h.)

Each student will choose one of the following three discplinary areas as their concenration and choose four courses within their concentration (12 s.h.). Each student will then choose two courses (6 s.h.) in each of the other disciplinary areas.


  • EPLS:5130 Sociology of Education
  • EPLS:5131 Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities in Education
  • EPLS:5134 Education and the World of Work
  • EPLS:5142 Sociology of Higher Education
  • EPLS:5210 Education and Social Change
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with sociology of education


  • EPLS:5102 History of American Education
  • EPLS:5126 Twentieth Century Educational Movements
  • EPLS:5123 History of Ethnic/Minority Education
  • EPLS:6237 History of the Teaching Profession
  • EPLS:6238 Gender and Education in Historical Perspective
  • EPLS:6220 History of Higher Education
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with history of education


  • EPLS:5156 Philosophies of Education
  • EPLS:5155 Critical Thinking
  • EPLS:5157 Ethics in Education
  • EPLS:5158 John Dewey and Education
  • EPLS:5240 American Contributions to Educational Philosophy
  • EPLS:5240 Contemporary Issues in Educational Philosophy
  • EPLS:5240 Philosophy of John Dewey
  • EPLS:5240 Philosophy of Mind and Education
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with philosophy of education
  • EPLS:6358 Seminar in the Philosophy of John Dewey

Cognates (8 s.h.)

Students must complete at least 8 hours of coursework in a concentration area outside SCS disciplinary areas appropriate to their career and academic goals.

Comprehensive Examinations

M.A. students must satisfactorily complete a six-hour comprehensive examination covering their disciplinary concentration area, their two disciplinary areas of study, and their concentration area. Students should work with their advisor to construct an examining committee to include three faculty members whose expertise reflects the areas in which the student will be tested. The examining committee may elect to hold an oral examination after the exam.

(Please note that in the event of any discrepancy, the policies of the Graduate College and College of Education will take precedence over program policies.)

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