The University of Northern Iowa offers a two-year Master of Arts in History program that prepares students for a variety of history-related careers in the public and private sectors, teaching at the community college level, or further graduate study. This program has both a thesis option and a non-thesis option. All options require a total of 30 credit hours.

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MA Program

Offered for outstanding students, to earn the BA and MA in five years.



Department offers ample internship and graduate assistant opportunities for funding and professional training.


UNI houses the oldest public history program in the state of Iowa.

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Department of History
319 Seerley Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

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Why UNI?

Experience + support

The Department of History offers several full and half assistantships each semester. 


  • Full-time, degree-seeking student in the History MA program
  • Enrolled in 9 graduate-level credit hours
  • Maintain a UNI cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
  • A newly admitted graduate student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours. 
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Graduate College Tuition Scholarships are available to qualified students who are working towards a graduate degree at the university and covers the cost of their tuition. 

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Build your plan

Graduate students in the history department can choose to pursue an MA in History (96G) or an MA in History: Public History (964), which is an MA in History with a Public History emphasis. Within each degree plan, students can elect to pursue the thesis or the non-thesis option. Both degree plans require students to complete 30 credit hours at the graduate level.

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Fields of Study

Students must choose a primary and secondary field of study. One of these fields must be thematic.

Geographic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • United States History to 1877
  • United States History since 1877
  • Medieval European History
  • Modern European History 1300-1815
  • Modern European History since 1815
  • Middle East
  • Ancient History
  • Latin America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • China
  • India
  • Japan

Thematic Fields:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cultural History
  • Economic History
  • Environmental History
  • Intellectual History
  • Military/Diplomatic History
  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Public History
  • Race/Ethnicity History
  • Urban History
  • Women's/Gender History
  • Religion