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 Graduate College

About the Graduate College

For over 120 years, the University of Northern Iowa has fostered a premier teaching and learning environment. Recognition of the need to provide a broad curriculum of advanced programs leading to graduate degrees has been an integral part of its history. The University initiated graduate degree programs in 1951, when the Board of Regents authorized the offering of a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts in Education.

Lang Hall

Today, UNI offers over 50 graduate programs leading to degrees. The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing quality graduate education. Building on its historic excellence in undergraduate education, the University has developed outstanding graduate programs in business, education, the natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and the social and behavioral sciences. The University offers graduate students the individualized attention found on small college campuses, with the resources and opportunities of a large university.

UNI is a student-oriented university with a lot to offer. Its medium size of about 12,000 students, enables it to offer the faculty, facilities and academic choices of a major university, while retaining a friendly, small college atmosphere. UNI annually appears on the U.S News and World Report rankings of Midwest regional colleges and universities in its America's Best Colleges Guide.

Graduate Education Strategic Plan

2011-2016 UNI Graduate Education Strategic Plan
(approved April 14, 2011)

2006-2011 UNI Graduate Education Strategic Plan
(approved February 9, 2006)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate College is to support and promote quality graduate education throughout the University.

The Graduate College seeks to encourage a diversity of ideas in a climate of academic freedom and integrity.

The Graduate College strives to foster an atmosphere for the growth of knowledge by providing resources for scholarly attainment, artistic endeavors, and creative pursuits within and across disciplines.

Masters degrees are offered which complement and enhance undergraduate programs by increasing the depth of intellectual inquiry by faculty and students.

Applied doctoral programs are offered in selected areas that are consistent with the larger mission of the University.

The University

uni campus 

Northern Iowa's campus combines the grandeur of early 1900s architecture with striking modern building designs that have characterized a particularly impressive growth period over the past dozen years. UNI's attractive, park-like campus is compact enough to cross in a pleasant, 10-minute walk.

Campus Map

Some campus features include:

  • More than 40 major buildings.
  • The UNI-Dome, a multi-purpose sports center that seats 16,000 people.
  • The Rod Library, with more than one million volumes, a computerized catalog search system plus a world of information available on on-line and CD-ROM databases.
  • Curris Business Building, a state-of-the-art $10.2 million facility that is home to UNI's highly regarded MBA program.
  • Maucker Union, the principal campus meeting place for students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • On-campus housing for single and married students.
  • The Campanile, the central point on UNI's skyline, with a 47-bell carillon that rings across campus.
  • 107,000 square feet Wellness and Recreation Center
  • The Gallagher-Bluedorn Perfoming Arts Center, which enhances the cultural atmosphere on campus and in the community.
  • UNI educates more than 12,000 students, about 14 percent of them graduate students. The University fosters a rich, diverse collegiate atmosphere. We remain committed to increasing the educational opportunities for minority students and to diversifying our student body and faculty. Students come from every county in Iowa, as well as from 44 states and 53 different countries.


We have about 600 faculty members committed to helping you grow intellectually and personally. Research and scholarship are important to our faculty; but they view their primary responsibility as teaching and sharing their expertise with you in and out of the classroom.

They also:

  • Conduct first-rate research.
  • Write, edit and publish scholary works.
  • Perform in the theatre and musical ensembles.
  • Provide consultation to business, industry and education.
  • Write nationally distributed textbooks and curricula.


The University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls, a pleasant "college town" in northeast Iowa. Together with neighboring Waterloo, the metropolitan area has a culturally diverse population of more than 100,000. Since the University is over 120 years old, it has developed as an integral part of the community, which has an abundance of cultural and recreational activities to complement your educational experience. These include: retail and restaurant areas near campus, a dozen movie theaters, shopping centers, art galleries, museums, performances by community theater groups, and many parks and nature areas. The area is home to a growing network of recreational trails, great for hiking, biking, walking and cross country skiing.