The Schools, Culture, and Society Master of Arts program is a 32-semester hour, interdisciplinary program that will provide you with a broad overview of the field. Faculty members specialize in sociology or history and are focused on your growth as scholars and practitioners.

Program Overview

The program is tailored to build on your  strengths and aspirations and to develop related areas of expertise that will be of value in your future professional work. Graduates typically work in K–12 schools or education policy positions that demand a broad analytical understanding of educational issues. This is a non-thesis program. Your program advisor will help guide you through the requirements for degree completion.


For a complete list of courses and requirements

Admissions and Application

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.

  • 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. NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Please note that the GRE is not required for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships within the College of Education, nor is it required for Graduate College fellowships. The GRE is a requirement for Special Graduate Assistantships (SGAs) offered through the Iowa Measurement and Research Foundation.
  • A personal interview with one or more members of the Schools, Culture, and Society faculty (recommended)

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022​​​​​​​ admissions cycle. 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.

Apply Now

Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. There is a $60 application fee for students residing in the United States. There is a $100 application fee for international applicants. To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password.

Contact Us


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline, 319-335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!