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 Graduate College

About the Graduate Program

Graduate Information, Admission, Academic Regulations, and Degree Requirements

The University of Northern Iowa is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and continues its endeavors to meet the needs of higher education and advanced preparation in diverse career fields with a strong and growing graduate program. Graduate degree programs were initiated at UNI in 1951 when the university was authorized by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa to offer a program of graduate work leading to the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.); the program began with the summer session of 1952. In 1960 the graduate program was extended with the addition of a sixth-year program leading to the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree. The addition of the Doctor of Education(Ed.D.) program, approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa in 1982, enables UNI to offer a complete course of professional preparation for the educational practitioner. Four intensive study areas are available through this Doctor of Education degree program: allied health, recreation, and community services; curriculum and instruction; educational leadership; and special education.

In recognition of a more general need for advanced study, the university further expanded the graduate program in 1965 with the addition of the Master of Arts(M.A.) degree. This program is open to students who plan to pursue careers in fields other than education and is available, as well, to students interested in doing advanced work in teaching fields - elementary, secondary, and college level.

The addition of the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in 1975, the Master of Music (M.M.) degree in 1976, the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) in 1991, the Master of Science (M.S.) in 1993, the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), the Master of Accounting (MAcc) in Fall 2000, and the Professional Science Master’s (P.S.M.) in Fall 2006 demonstrates the university's continued recognition of the changing needs of higher education and the institution's desire to meet those needs. The Master of Business Administration degree is open to students whose career interests are in the fields of business - those already working in the general community, as well as students who have not yet entered their major career field. The Master of Music is a professional degree designed for the student planning a career in college or secondary school teaching, for a performance career as a professional musician or composer, or for further study at the doctoral level. The Master of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary professional degree preparing students for careers principally in the public sector. The program is structured to accommodate both full-time students and those already in positions in public organizations. The Master of Science degree is offered in Athletic Training and Biology and is designed to prepare students for positions in those areas. The Master of Social Work degree is designed to prepare students for the advanced practice of social work in a variety of public and non-profit settings. The Master of Accounting degree is designed for Accounting majors; however, other majors within the College of Business Administration may be admitted to the program. The Professional Science Master’sdegree combines scientific or technical training with abbreviated business training and interdisciplinary cohort-building experiences.

The Doctor of Technology began as the Doctor of Industrial Technology, the university's first doctoral program, authorized by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa to begin with the 1978 fall semester. The degree became the Doctor of Technology in 2012. This doctoral program provides advanced-level study in technology for a wide variety of professional fields and includes the study of the technological systems used in industry and their effect on society and culture.

Graduate majors are available in many departments, and graduate-level courses are offered by all departments of the university.

Those who wish to continue their professional and cultural growth without fulfilling the requirements for a graduate degree may do so if they satisfy the requirements for admission to graduate study.