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The Department of History at The University of Iowa offers a doctoral program for students interested in earning a Ph.D. in history.


The Doctor of Philosophy program in History from The University of Iowa requires at least 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a UI cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.33. Those who have earned M.A. degrees can apply up to 30 s.h. of credit toward the Ph.D. degree.

Students must complete at least seven graduate-level history or related field courses numbered 6000 or above, earning 3 or 4 s.h. of credit for each course. Courses taken at the M.A. level may be counted toward this requirement.

Career Advancement

  • Graduate study in history prepares students for occupations such as secondary or college teaching, publishing, commercial research, foundations and nongovernmental organizations, and government or other public service. 
  • With additional specialized training, students may become qualified for careers in historical site preparation and display, or archival, library, or museum work.

Programme Structure

  • Students must complete a required course sequence their first year: HIST:6002 Introduction to Graduate Studies in History: Historiography and Methods and HIST:6003 History Theory and Interpretation. 
  • These courses develop an understanding of the philosophy of history, historiography, and methods of historical research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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

  • Applicants must submit academic transcripts and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. 
  • They also must submit examples of original writing to the history department, such as a term paper, a seminar paper, or a master's essay; letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the student's past academic work; and a one- or two-page personal statement of the applicant's purpose for doing graduate work. 
  • Applicants submit their application online; see History (M.A. or Ph.D.) on the Graduate Admissions website. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


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