Graduate College

Degree Status Admission Requirements

Applicants who have a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or a corresponding regional agency will be granted admission to graduate study if their application for admission has been approved.  The Office of Admissions determines that the applicants have an accredited bachelor's degree or will complete the bachelor's degree before commencing graduate study.  Graduates of colleges or universities that are not accredited may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate College or designee.

Students who expect to earn a graduate degree at this university must file an official transcript from the college or university granting the baccalaureate degree if other than the University of Northern Iowa.  Degree status applicants who have attended other colleges or universities after earning the bachelor's degree must file an official transcript of each record.  Only transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the UNI Office of Admissions are considered official.

Applicants should check with the department offering the major of their choice, to determine whether/which Graduate Record Examination (GRE) tests are required prior to admission.  If required, applicants must request that the scores be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions.

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). They need not take the Graduate Record Examination. The student must request that the testing agencies forward their test results directly to the Office of Admissions.

Students whose first language is not English must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score.  The requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived only by the Graduate College through a direct request from a graduate program (not from a prospective student).  A typical circumstance in which a waiver may be granted is that the student has completed a bachelor's or graduate degree at an accredited English-speaking institution.  No waiver will be approved without evidence of English proficiency.

A TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper) / 79 (internet), or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required for unconditional admission and eligibility to enroll in graduate courses.  Some graduate programs may require higher test scores; no program may admit a student unconditionally with a lower score.  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. 

Additional admission requirements (e.g. departmental application, letters of reference, goal statement, etc.) may be established by departments. Students should contact the department for complete information.  Some of this information can be found HERE.

Students will be admitted to Degree Status on one of two bases:

1.   Unconditional Status The minimum undergraduate grade point average, or prior graduate degree grade point average, required for unconditional admission is 3.00 (B = 3.00) or its equivalent. Individual graduate programs may require a higher grade point average for admission.Degree status is accorded students who meet the minimum GPA requirement, have submitted all official transcripts, and are deemed qualified by academic departments to pursue a program of study which can culminate in the earning of a graduate degree. Applicants are to specify their choice of degree program in their admission application.

2.   Provisional Status At the discretion of the academic department concerned, an applicant with an undergraduate and prior graduate GPA less than 3.00 may be admitted as a Provisional Degree Student. A Provisional Degree Student is admitted to a graduate program, subject to certain reservations/requirements. The department must notify the student in writing upon admission of its reservations and requirements that must be satisfied before a student may be removed from provisional status.

A Provisional Degree Student who completes eight (8) or more graded hours of a degree program with a 3.00 grade point average, or better, is generally eligible for reclassification to Degree Status. The responsibility for such reclassification rests with the academic department concerned. Reclassification review should take place the semester after the student has completed eight (8) semester hours in their graduate program. The department has responsibility for notifying the Dean of the Graduate College or designee about the reclassification decision. No student may receive a UNI graduate degree while on provisional status. The department admitting a student to its graduate degree program will draft a letter of acceptance to be sent to the student; this letter will describe the requirements necessary for completion of the degree program in question.

Status Acceptance and Waivers: Any waivers of degree requirements as established by a department must be furnished to the applicant by the department in the letter of acceptance.