College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Master of Arts in History


The Graduate Study in History at the University of Northern Iowa is a two-year 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. Currently employed public school teachers have also completed the M.A. to advance their careers. This program has both a thesis option and a non-thesis option. All options require a total of 30 credit hours.

The department has more than 20 faculty who work across a wide range of geographic and historical specialties. We encourage interested students to browse our list of faculty and connect with professors who teach and research in their area of interest. Students who wish to explore broad topics are encouraged to apply. 

The department also has several areas of concentration in which students can specialize. Some concentrations are as follows:

Areas of Concentration:

  • Geographic Areas: Includes Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and the United States
  • Public History: Specializes in museum work and training in oral history and digital history
  • Human Rights: Global Justice, Social Activism, Genocide and Memory
  • Environmental History: Particular strengths in U.S. Environmental History 

Practicums, in which students interested in teaching can work in the classroom with experienced instructors, and internships that afford students educational opportunities in agencies and institutions committed to the preservation and presentation of the past are available to all students.

Recent Graduate Placements

Graduates of the Master of Arts in History program have gone on to the following positions and programs:

  • Academic administrators

  • Directors and associates in historical societies within and outside of Iowa

  • Academic coordinators and advisors in public service, non-profits, and NGOs

  • History instructors at community colleges, Teach for America, and Americorps​

  • Directors, curators, youth coordinators, and associates of museums within and outside of Iowa

  • Archivists of county and museum archives

  • Test developers for ACT and Advanced Placement exams

  • Website developers for museums and historical societies

  • Professionals in the fields of law, government, and legislative advisement

  • Fully funded candidates in History PhD programs and law schools 

Program Information