The MA in Social Studies Education 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.

Built with flexibility in mind, you will work with your advisor to create a course of study that aligns with your interests related to social studies education and career goals.


For a complete list of requirements and courses:

Thesis Option

As part of this program, students have the option to complete a research thesis that investigates a problem in social science, history, or global education. Tailored to your interests, you will work with your advisor to choose the right research topic for you.

Admissions and Application

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)

  • 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

Apply Now

Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. To begin the application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password.

Contact Us


Application questions can be directed to: Anne Sparks, 319-335-2146,

We look forward to receiving your application!