Program Information:

Program Statement:
    Please note that this page is for the general history MA program only. For the more specialized PhD program, please look under Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate appropriate command of scholarly literature in particular areas of historical study as well as an understanding of basic methodologies of historical study in general.
  • Develop research projects that expand historical knowledge and understanding in particular areas.
  • Conduct research and interpret results appropriately, integrating them into existing disciplinary knowledge.
  • Communicate research findings effectively in both oral and written form, and through the use of other media when appropriate, to a variety of audiences.
  • Exhibit professionalism and correct ethical practices in scholarship and other professional conduct.
  • Cultivate an awareness of the full range of career options available to historians and the applicability of historical knowledge in diverse contexts.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.5 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Kathleen Hilliard
Phone: 515-294-6646
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Writing sample to be sent to program Director
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
    IELTS 7
    PTE 68
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    January 15 for assistantship consideration
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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