Ph.D. On Campus

Film Studies

The University of Iowa

36 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy program in Film Studies at The University of Iowa requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit, of which 39 s.h. must be earned at the University of Iowa after a student has received their M.A. degree.


We offer a phd program in Film Studies at The University of Iowa. Semester hours are earned through coursework, and eventually work focused on the completion of a dissertation. Students must earn a minimum g.p.a. of 3.25.

Key Features 

  • The program's coursework is broadly concentrated in film history and film theory, with specific courses offered on a wide range of topics. 
  • With the regular consultation and guidance of a faculty advisor and committee, students formulate and pursue a plan of study during their first year in the program, prepare and conduct a written and oral comprehensive examination typically in their second or third year, write and present a dissertation prospectus to a carefully selected committee, and complete a dissertation in an area of advanced, original research that is defended orally in a meeting with the student’s committee prior to final deposit. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Success in Graduate Studies 
  • Advanced Film Theory 
  • Film Studies Seminar
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A faculty committee chaired by the head of film studies evaluates applications to the Ph.D. program. 
  • Application materials should include undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts, a personal statement, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, test scores, and samples of creative work when relevant. 
  • Previous experience in the area of film studies is desirable but not required. Applicants usually enter the program with a B.A. in film studies, an M.A. in film studies from the University of Iowa, or an M.A. in an unrelated field.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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