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 Graduate College

General Information

* This section applies to all students taking graduate courses at the University of Northern Iowa after receiving the bachelor's degree.

The admission procedures of the Graduate College are administered separately from those of the University's undergraduate program. Prospective students may apply for graduate admission under one of two categories: Degree Status or Non-Degree Status. Each category carries specific regulations.


Responsibility for determining eligibility for admission to graduate degree programs rests primarily with the academic departments. The academic departments are responsible for receiving admission applications and for determination of admissibility. Prospective degree students must contact the appropriate academic department for information regarding the requirements for admission, applications for admission, and information regarding their admissibility. Please see Admission and Contact Information for individual program admission requirements and contacts.


An applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • An official transcript from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree (if other than the University of Northern Iowa).
  • Graduate Record Examiniation (GRE) scores submitted, if required by the department/graduate program.

Students applying for admission to a graduate degree program in the College of Business Administration are required to submit their scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).


Students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. International students should contact the International Services Office, University of Northern Iowa, for explanation of requirements. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to graduate degree programs is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 79-80 (Internet). Individual departments may require a higher score.


Additional admission requirements (e.g. departmental application, letters of reference, goal statement, etc.), may be established by departments. Prospective students should contact the department for this information.