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 a thesis option and a non-thesis option. An emphasis in public history is available. All options require a total of 30 credit hours.

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.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Environmental History: has particular strengths in U.S. Environmental History including the history of the Mississippi River Valley Basin, the history of the American West, the history of human/animal relationships, and the history of outdoor recreation.

  • Public History: specializes in museum work, and also includes training in oral history, historic preservation, and spatial and digital history.

Recent Graduate Placements

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

  • Academic Advisor, Community College
  • Assistant Director, Historical Society
  • Academic Coordinator, Upward Bound
  • Test Development Associate, ACT
  • Teacher, Teach for America
  • Curator, County Archive
  • History Instructor, Community College
  • History Web Site Creator
  • Ph.D Programs in History

Program Information