Frequently Asked Questions
- Admission FAQs
- Programs FAQs
- Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships FAQs
- Thesis and Dissertation FAQs
- Graduate Faculty FAQs
Who do I contact to get admission requirements and information for my major?
Each major has a Graduate Faculty member who has been designated as the Graduate Coordinator for that major. The Graduate Coordinator is your contact person for admission materials and program information and will serve as your advisor once you start your program. Click here for an alphabetical listing of majors available. Then click on the major to be taken to a page with a short description of that major, phone number and address of the department that houses that major as well as phone number and address of the Graduate Coordinator of that major. From that page, you will also have an opportunity (through clickable links) to visit the UNI Catalog description of the major, visit the department world wide web home page (if available) as well as having the opportunity to email the Graduate Coordinator for that specific major.
How late can I apply for admission?
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. International students should note the special application deadlines required by International Admissions at: access.uni.edu/stdt/internat_instr.htm#Apply. Applications for Non-Degree Status will be accepted up to five (5) days before registration.
Where can I get information on housing?
On-campus housing is arranged through the Department of Residence. You can contact them at 319-273-2333 or click here to go to their web page.
What major areas are available at UNI?
The University of Northern Iowa offers programs leading to several degrees, each with a variety of majors. Click here for an alphabetical listing of majors available at UNI.
Graduate Assistantships and Graduate College Tuition Scholarships
What is a Graduate Assistantship?
A Graduate Assistantship is an employment position on campus that is awarded full-time (20 hours per week) or half-time (10 hours per week). It enhances the student’s graduate education by exposing them to the professional activities and concerns of their discipline and gives them opportunities to work closely with faculty and other university professionals. All offers of a Graduate Assistantship are made from the Graduate College. Benefits that come with a Graduate Assistant position include being able to purchase an “A” (faculty/staff) campus parking permit and having tuition billed at the resident rate. (To receive these benefits a student must have at least a half-time assistantship for the entire semester.) Graduate Assistantship salaries are paid through payroll the last business day of each month during the awarded semester. Taxes are withheld on Graduate Assistantship salaries. A Graduate Assistant position is distinct from hourly student employment. If you have to submit a timecard to get paid, you are not a Graduate Assistant.
What is a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship?
Graduate College Tuition Scholarships are awarded as a half or as a full scholarship at the in-state tuition rate. It does not cover fees. No service or work is done in exchange for a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship. Students receiving this award will see their scholarship posted to their ubill a few days before the start of the semester. A Graduate College Tuition Scholarship does not qualify a student for the resident tuition rate. Students are responsible for the amount of their tuition and fees that the scholarship does not cover.
Do I have to perform services to receive a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship?
No. Scholarships are awards processed through financial aid and do not require any work or services to receive this award. Please report violations of this to the Graduate College.
What are the qualifications for receiving support?
The requirements for receiving either a Graduate Assistantship or Graduate College Tuition Scholarship are as follows:
- Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an international institution recognized by that country’s ministry of education.
- Have been admitted to graduate study at the University of Northern Iowa on a degree-track basis, either regular admission or provisional admission. The provisional admission must be for reasons other than grade point average. For regular admission, the student must hold a 3.00 overall undergraduate grade point average.
- Maintain a minimum Plan GPA (GPA for the program of study) of 3.00 throughout the assistantship.
- Be enrolled full-time and carry a minimum of 9 on-campus graduate-level credit hours for each semester during the award. Audited, undergraduate, and Guided Independent Study (correspondence) courses cannot be used as part of the minimum load for either a Graduate Assistantship or a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship. In addition, courses offered through Continuing Education cannot be used as part of the minimum load for a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship.
How do I apply for financial support?
Graduate Assistantships and Graduate College Tuition Scholarships are applied for through the departments. Assistantships are available in both academic and non-academic departments. Application forms are available on the Graduate College website under Forms and Instructions when using this link. http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships.
Applications should be submitted to the department no later than February 1 for full consideration for next academic year support. Other forms of financial aid are applied for through the Office of Student Financial Aid. You can contact them at (800) 772-2736 or (319) 273-2700 or visit their web page by clicking here.
Hourly student employment is applied for through the online job board available on the Career Services website at http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/widget.html. Students with a Graduate Assistantship cannot be employed as an hourly student employee in the same department, and must obtain their graduate coordinator’s permission to have an hourly job in another department.
What happens to my assistantship if I drop or withdraw from one or more classes?
One of the requirements to hold a Graduate Assistantship is to be enrolled in at least 9 on-campus graduate-level credit hours. If you drop below the required 9 hours, the assistantship must be resigned. You retain the pay for the time you have worked. If you are a non-resident and resign your assistantship, your tuition will be billed at the non-resident rate. To resign a GA position, you should send an email to your supervisor and the Graduate College informing them you have dropped below the required 9 graduate-level credit hours and therefore you are resigning your assistantship position.
What happens to my Graduate College scholarship if I drop or withdraw from one or more classes?
One of the requirements to have a Graduate College Tuition Scholarship is to be enrolled in at least 9 on-campus graduate-level credit hours. If you drop below the required 9 hours, the scholarship must be resigned. You will be responsible for the entire tuition charges for that semester. To resign a Graduate College scholarship, you should send an email to your academic department and the Graduate College informing them you have dropped below the required 9 graduate-level credit hours and therefore you are resigning your scholarship.
Thesis and Dissertation FAQs
Who can be on my thesis committee?
The thesis committee is composed of at least three members of the UNI graduate faculty and usually consists of the student's advisor as chairperson and two additional graduate faculty members.
What is a preview?
A preview is the reviewing of the thesis or dissertation for style and format by the Graduate College Reviewer. The preview copy should be a "final draft" which is formatted following the departmental style manual and the specifications outlined in the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual. Ideally this preview should occur before the final defense. The goal of the Reviewer is to assist the student in the final process for completion of this important academic requirement.
What is the purpose of the preview?
The preview is designed to provide technical assistance to thesis/dissertation writers and to reduce the stress and uncertainty that may be associated with the completion of this important academic requirement. (The Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual has a listing of individual departmental style manuals. If any points in the style manual that the department requires differ from any rules in the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual, the rules in the Graduate College Manual take precedence.) Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems which are easily remedied at this stage. No thesis or dissertation will be accepted by the Graduate College for approval without this preview.
How do I schedule a preview?
The Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Manual indicates the preview requirement. Additionally, early each semester Graduate Coordinators and Secretaries receive a letter from the Thesis/Dissertation Reviewer asking them to forward to the Graduate College the names of all students from their department who plan to submit a thesis that particular semester. Upon receipt of that list the Graduate College verifies the Thesis Committee Approval Form has been submitted and forwards a letter to the student explaining the preview process.?
A "window of time" is allowed each semester for previews with the Graduate College Reviewer. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Reviewer to schedule their preview. The schedule is published each semester on the Graduate College website and is included with the information sent from the Graduate College office to the student after the department submits the individual names. The student is encouraged to check with the department to assure his/her name has been submitted to the Graduate College as a possible candidate.
How much time should I allow in my schedule for the preview?
A preview typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half. The art and music students need to allow about a half hour for their preview.
Why is the paper requirement for the final submission copy "acid free, 24 pound, 25% or 100% cotton"?
The purpose of the acid free paper is to assure permanence; the cotton quality and the 24 pound weight assure durability.
What is valuable advice for someone who is in the final stages of completion?
Proofreading one's own work is extremely difficult so having an outside reader is very helpful. This person could also assist with the checking of all citations in the paper making sure they agree with the reference list for accuracy in author spelling, date of publication, and page number of direct quote.
Who is on the graduate faculty?
Click here to go to a listing of the UNI Graduate Faculty.