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History, Ph.D.

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The Department of History offers a doctoral program for students interested in earning a Ph.D. in history. Students interested in graduate work may obtain a copy of the current Guide to Graduate Study from the Department of History website. 

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The Doctor of Philosophy program in history requires at least 72 s.h. of graduate credit, including credit for work completed for the master's degree.

Students who earn the M.A. with research essay at the University of Iowa may be admitted to the Ph.D. program on the favorable recommendation of the examining committee. Students who earn an M.A. at another university must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the Department of History (see Admission in this section of the Catalog). They must submit a writing sample, such as a seminar paper or M.A. thesis. They also must take a research seminar during their first two semesters in residence at Iowa.

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. The courses must be research seminars (minimum of two) and graduate readings courses (minimum of five). At least five of the seven courses must be completed before a student takes the comprehensive examination. Courses taken at the M.A. level may be counted toward this requirement. Students must complete all three required courses: HIST:6001 First-Year Graduate Colloquium, HIST:6002 History Research Methods, and HIST:6003 History Theory and Interpretation. These courses develop an understanding of the philosophy of history, historiography, and methods of historical research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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English Language Requirements

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    7

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    81

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    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

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    29736 USD/year
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    31232 USD/year
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  • In-State

    9266 USD/year
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  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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