24 months
30613 USD/year
30613 USD/year
11666 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA and the PhD in Film Studies are awarded by the Graduate College. The program is offered in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The MA is offered without a thesis at The University of Iowa. 


The Master of Arts program in Film Studies, offered by The University of Iowa, requires 36 s.h. of graduate credit, of which 24 s.h. must be earned at the University of Iowa. Students must earn a minimum g.p.a. of 3.25. The 36 s.h. are typically acquired by taking 12 graduate-level courses that span two years. 

The program's focus is on advanced film theory and film history in an international context, with required distributions of course work in U.S. cinema, European cinema, world cinemas, and at least one of the following areas: film production, documentary film, animation, or experimental film.

Career Development

  • The Master of Arts degree typically prepares students for continued, advanced graduate work in film studies at the University of Iowa or elsewhere. However, students also have used their M.A. training in film theory and history to seek careers in other areas, including film criticism or positions at film archives or film festivals, or within various facets of the film industry.
  • The Graduate College also is prepared to help graduates explore careers related to or that build upon their training. In conjunction with the Graduate College, the Department of Cinematic Arts also is committed to helping graduate students explore a range of alternative careers that take advantage of their specific training. In addition, the Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Film Theory
  • Advanced Film History
  • Cinematic Arts 
  • History of Media
  • Cultural Studies
  • Art History 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A Resume/CV
  • A statement of purpose
  • A sample of scholarly writing
  • A departmental Supplemental Information Form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

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    30613 USD/year
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  • National

    30613 USD/year
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  • In-State

    11666 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11666 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
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