College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Graduate Students


It is mandatory for graduate students to meet with the Graduate Coordinator before registration EACH semester. At that time, the Advisor Hold restricting registration will be removed. 

Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Fernando Calderon
Department of History
Seerley Hall 330
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0701
Phone: 319-273-7057

Program of Study Interview

In order to ensure first-year graduate students are progressing adequately, the Graduate Coordinator conducts a program of study interview after the completion of nine hours of graduate-level coursework. Graduate students should contact the Graduate Coordinator to schedule their program of study interview. At the interview, the Graduate Coordinator will review the courses already taken, identify program option and courses needed for the remainder of the program, and discuss plans for life after completion of the MA degree. In addition, at the interview, students will discuss the composition of their thesis or non-thesis committee. Graduate students are responsible for contacting the suggested members of their committee concerning their willingness to serve.

Core Requirements:

Effective July 1, 2003, individuals teaching in Iowa community colleges are not required to hold state-issued teaching licenses. However, graduate coursework in postsecondary education may strengthen one’s qualifications for teaching at a community college. Contact individual colleges to determine the requirements for teaching appointments at each institution.


  • In order that graduate students may know what is expected of them in 5000-level courses and so they can meet those expectations in a timely manner, instructors in all 5000-level courses should routinely include a section devoted specifically to the requirements for graduate students in each of their course syllabi.
  • Students may take 0-3 hours outside the Department. A Student Request Form must be submitted in order to include outside hours on your Program of Study.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet all university and departmental deadlines concerning their Program of Study, Research Paper, Comprehensive Exams, Thesis or Thesis Project, and Graduation. Please direct questions to the Graduate Coordinator.