12 months
29739 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA and the PhD in History are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The MA is offered without thesis at The University of Iowa.


About History at The University of Iowa

History is the heart of a liberal arts education. Students of history develop an understanding of change—how it happens and why it happens the way it does—that enables them to engage the world they inhabit and to participate fully in civic life. Department of History courses engage the diversity of American life and bring a global consciousness that helps students to navigate the streets (and the news) from Iowa City to Berlin to Dar es Salaam.

Faculty and students in the department participate in many of the University's interdisciplinary departments and programs, including American studies, African American studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, classics, Asian studies, international studies, global health studies, Latin American studies, Latina/o/x studies, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies.


Graduate study in history prepares students for occupations such as high school or college teaching, publishing, commercial research, foundations and nongovernmental organizations, and government or other public service. With additional specialized training, students may become qualified for careers in historical site preparation and display, and archival, library, or museum work.

Some students choose to pursue the combined Master of Arts/Juris Doctor program which leads to degrees in both law and history; see Combined Programs in this section of the Catalog.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Diversity in History
  • The History and Science of Oil
  • The Modern World
  • Modern Religion and Culture
  • The History and Science of Oil
  • Rapid Response History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • A sample of your best-written work (a thesis or major paper)
  • A one- to two-page statement of purpose
  • Supplemental Document
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.
  • Official LSAT or GRE scores from Educational Testing Service

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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