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Graduate College

Application Process

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. 

State specifically the type of admission for which you wish to be considered.

  1. Degree status should be selected by students who are seeking admission to a department to pursue a program of studies which can culminate in a degree.

  2. Non-Degree status has been established to meet the needs of students who:
    1. wish to take courses which do not comprise a degree or certificate program.
    2. plan to demonstrate competence in graduate studies in support of consideration for admission to a degree program at a later time. 
      NOTE: Academic departments are not obliged to count toward their degree programs any credit for course work undertaken in a non-degree status.

Note: Students with a recognized baccalaureate degree who are seeking 1) a second baccalaureate degree, 2) teaching endorsements or approvals through UNI recommendation, or 3) miscellaneous undergraduate course work may be admitted through the undergraduate Office of Admissions. These students pay undergraduate fees and may not apply credit earned toward a graduate program.

Admission to graduate study does not guarantee admission to an advanced degree program.  The academic departments are responsible for the determination of admission to degree programs. Students may apply online or print an Admissions form and mail it to the Office of Admissions, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018.

Note that application materials may be submitted via e-mail to: admissionsprocessing@uni.edu

 

U.S. Students

A non-refundable application fee must be sent to the Office of Admissions, unless you received or anticipate receiving a degree from the University of Northern Iowa. The application review process will be delayed until the application fee is received.

U.S. students must submit the following to the Office of Admissions for the admission file to be considered complete: the Application for Admission to Graduate Study; the application fee; official transcripts from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree and any other colleges or universities attended after earning the bachelor’s degree, if other than the University of Northern Iowa; and any required test scores (GRE, GMAT). 

Departments may require additional application materials (departmental application, letters of reference, goal statement, application for assistantship and/or tuition scholarship, etc.). To view additional materials required by specific graduate programs, Click here. Contact the Graduate Coordinator of your program for more information or questions about departmental requirements. For Graduate Coordinator contact information, Click here. Students should submit items required by their program directly to the Office of Admissions at admissionsprocessing@uni.edu or by mail to:

Office of Admissions - Grad Admissions
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

Applications for Degree-Status admission and all credentials required for admission should be on file in the Office of Admissions at least one month before departmental review. Students must contact the academic department regarding application review deadlines. Application for non-degree status will be accepted up to five days prior to registration.

Click here for Application Checklist for U.S. Students.

 

International Students

For detailed information on graduate admissions for International students see the Office of International Admissions website at http://www.uni.edu/intladm/graduate-admissions

International students should use the online International Application for Admission or the print application on the International Admission website at http://www.uni.edu/intladm/application (go to bottom of page for link to print application).

The application fee may be paid by credit card or bank draft or money order made payable to the  University of Northern Iowa, or by PeerTransfer to the Office of International Admissions, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018. (Not necessary for applicants who earned a degree or anticipate receiving a degree from UNI.)

Information needed by international students to complete Application:

  • Semester you expect to begin studies at UNI.
  • Permanent address information: Street address, city, state or province, postal code and country.
  • Country of birth.
  • Country of citizenship.
  • Country of residence.
  • Native language.
  • Degree you are seeking at UNI.
  • Field of study at UNI.
  • Most recent college entrance examination test scores as appropriate to your level of study
  • Type of visa you expect to hold while at UNI.
  • Educational background beginning at grade 9: dates of attendance, school level, school name and school location.

International students should note the following special application deadlines for graduate students required by International Admissions:

  • Fall Semester (beginning in late August): April 1
  • Spring Semester (beginning in early January): October 1
  • Summer Semester (beginning in early June): February 1

Note: Some departments have earlier or alter deadlines, please check for individual deadlines

International graduate students applying for graduate assistantships should complete their files by:

  • Summer or Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

All official school transcripts from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree and any other colleges or universities attended after earning the bachelor’s degree, each bearing the seal and signature of a school registrar must be mailed directly from the institution to the UNI Office of International Admissions.  Academic records must be submitted in the language of instruction and accompanied by an English translation.  Unofficial documents can he submitted at the time of application.  However, all official transcripts must be submitted before enrollment.

TOEFL or IETLS scores are required for all applicants for whom English is not their native language.  A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 79 (internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for unconditional admission. Some programs may require a higher score. For individual program requirements for TOEFL/IELTS scores, click here.  Some programs will grant conditional admission to students with TOEFL scores.  To be eligible to be considered for provisional/conditional admission in any graduate status, a TOEFL score of at least 453 (paper) / 46 (internet), or an IELTS score of at least 5.5 is required. 

A student admitted provisionally for low TOEFL/IELTS must achieve a score on the TOEFL or IELTS that meets the standards for unconditional admission within three semesters of undergraduate enrollment at UNI. This may be done in two ways: 1) By achieving a score of at least 550 (paper)/79 internet on the TOEFL or of at least 6.5 on the IELTS or 2) By successfully complete The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) with at least a B (3.0) in all level 7 CIEP courses. The institutional TOEFL (offered 3 times per year) may be used to meet this requirement. If the provisionally/conditionally admitted student fails to obtain the score necessary for unconditional admission in three semesters, the admission to graduate study is void. 

In order to receive the I-20 immigration document needed to apply for a student visa, students must submit a completed Financial Statement and Certification Form at https://uni.edu/intladm/sites/default/files/financial.pdf  The form asks for details on the financial funding that will be used to cover expenses for one academic year at UNI.  Signature of any sponsors and supporting bank documents are also required.  Note: This form is not required for admissionbut it is required for a student visa.

To apply for a graduate assistantship or graduate tuition scholarship from your graduate program, fill out a graduate assistantship application and a graduate tuition scholarship application and submit those materials directly to your graduate program by the due date set by your graduate program.  Decisions about graduate assistantships/tuition scholarships will not be made until after admission is determined. Go to https://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships for information and applications forms for assistantships and tuition scholarships.  Contact your graduate coordinator for those deadlines and any questions about this process. Go to https://www.grad.uni.edu/programs for graduate coordinator contact information.

International students must submit the following to the Office of Admissions for the admission file to be considered complete: the International Application for Admission; the application fee; official transcripts from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree and any other colleges or universities attended after earning the bachelor’s degree, if other than the University of Northern Iowa; TOEFL or IELTS scores (if the native language is not English).

Programs may require additional application materials (GRE, GMAT, departmental application, letters of reference, goal statement, etc.). International students should contact the department for information about required application materials (see also www.uni.edu/intladm/graduate/majors). International students should submit those items directly to the Office of Admissions by attaching them to the online application or emailing them to: admissionsprocessing@uni.edu or by mail to:

Office of Admissions-International Admissions
002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018, U.S.

Click here for Application Checklist for International Students.

All Students

Completing the Application

Always use your legal name. If any of your records appear under another name, give this name also.

Credentials Required

You must file an official transcript from each college or university from which you have received a degree, if the degree was obtained from an institution other than UNI. Degree status applicants who have attended other colleges or universities after earning the bachelor's degree must file an official transcript from each institution attended. Only transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the UNI Office of Admissions are considered official. Unofficial or personal transcripts are not acceptable.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) & Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT Score is an admission requirement for the MBA and MAcc programs and must be taken before an admission decision can be made. Students seeking admission to other degree programs which require the GRE tests must be taken before an admission decision can be made. Only test scores sent directly from the issuing Test Agency to the UNI Office of Admissions are considered official.

Racial/Ethnic Data (Optional)

The U.S. Office of Education, in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, requires institutions of higher education to compile and report enrollment data on students, according to racial/ethnic compositions. These data are for statistical purposes only, will not be used in determining admission and will be treated confidentially. The University of Northern Iowa is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, or sexual orientation, and to a policy of affirmative action.