2012-14 Academic Catalog

Graduate Information, Admission, Academic Regulations, and Degree Requirements

www.grad.uni.edu

The University of Northern Iowa offers twelve advanced programs leading to graduate degrees in:

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Professional Science Master’s
  • Specialist in Education
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Technology

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’s degree 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.

Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student of senior standing (90 or more credits earned) at the time of registration, earning the first bachelors degree, and with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, may register for a maximum of 12 credit hours for graduate credit. Such registration requires approval on a student request form (available at http://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml or through department offices) by the student’s advisor, the instructor of the course(s), and the head(s) of the department(s) offering the course(s). Additional approval by the Graduate College on the student request form is required if the student’s GPA is below 3.00, or if the registration is occurring during advanced registration the semester before the student attains senior standing.

The combined total of course credits, both undergraduate and graduate, may not exceed 15 hours in a semester or 8 hours in a summer session. Overload requests must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Graduate College.

No course may count toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. Graduate credit earned as an undergraduate will not be counted toward the undergraduate degree and may or may not be counted toward UNI graduate degree programs at the discretion of the graduate program. Some graduate programs have early admission procedures which the student must follow in order for the graduate credit to apply to the graduate degree. The earliest graduate course that applies to a student’s graduate program marks the beginning of the recency period for the completion of the degree.

Students earning graduate credit as a senior are classified as seniors but will pay graduate tuition for the semester hours for which they will receive graduate credit. The maximum tuition will be the full-time graduate rate for the student's residence classification.

Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a certificate program approved by the university. For further information concerning specific requirements for these certificates see specific departmental listings, or consult with the department listed or the Office of the Registrar.

Licensure and Endorsements

Licensure

For approval in some graduate programs, a student must have earned or be eligible for teacher licensure or its equivalent endorsed in an area appropriate to the graduate major. For information on licensure, consult the Office of the Registrar.

Teaching Licensure and Endorsements

Students interested in securing licenses to teach in another state should secure information directly from the State Department of Education in that state.

Addresses of different state departments may be obtained from Career Services or the Office of the Registrar.

Post-Baccalaureate, Undergraduate Study

A student who has received a bachelor's degree may choose to apply for further study at the University of Northern Iowa as an undergraduate rather than a graduate student. Inquiries should be made to the Office of the Registrar. Undergraduate status will be accorded students who seek:

  1. a second baccalaureate degree (designation as senior,) or
  2. teacher licensure (designation as senior) - a student who does not hold a teaching certificate and expects to be recommended by this university for an original certificate must also file an official transcript, or
  3. courses for undergraduate credit (designation as unclassified)

Students with baccalaureate degrees do not earn graduate credit while in one of these classifications. They must be admitted either to graduate Degree or Non-Degree Status before they can receive graduate credit for their course work (courses numbered 100g or 200/6000-level; see course description section for 4-digit numbering for 100g-level courses). Retroactive granting of graduate credit for course work taken while in post-baccalaureate, undergraduate status will not be done if, when the course work was taken, the student received financial aid dependent on undergraduate status.

Admission to Graduate Study

(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. Applications can be obtained and completed online at www.grad.uni.edu/admission. The completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study should be submitted online or mailed to the Office of Admissions, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018. International students should contact the Office of Admissions at www.uni.edu/intladm or by phone 319-273-2281 or by fax 319-273-2885.

Admission to graduate study does not guarantee admission to an advanced degree program. Responsibility for determining eligibility for admission to graduate degree programs rests primarily with the academic departments. The academic departments are responsible for evaluating degree status applications for admission, but the Graduate College has final authority on the admission status of admitted students (admitted unconditionally or provisionally).

A graduate of a college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or a corresponding regional agency is eligible to be considered for unconditional admission. A graduate of a college or university that is not accredited may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate College or designee.

If applicants wish to have graduate level transfer courses considered for their graduate degree at UNI, official transcripts must be submitted to the UNI Office of Admissions at the time of admission to graduate study. A Graduate Credit Transfer Evaluation form is also required for each course the student wishes to submit for transfer - this form can be found at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#G. Courses will not be evaluated for transfer credit eligibility until the student is in attendance at UNI. For UNI policies on eligible transfer courses see Program of Study in this catalog.

Note: Students with a recognized baccalaureate degree who are seeking a second baccalaureate degree, teaching endorsements or approvals through UNI recommendation, and/or 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.

Application Dates

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 at www.uni.edu/intladm.

Applicants for Non-Degree Status will be accepted up to five days before registration.

Requirements for Admission to Degree Status

The admission process for Degree Status begins when the application for admission and all supporting documents and fees have been received in the Office of Admissions. U.S. and international students who are seeking financial assistance and wish to receive the fullest consideration must submit a completed application (please see following requirements) by February 1. Many graduate departments have earlier deadlines, which are indicated in their department materials. All departmental materials should be reviewed carefully for information about early deadlines.

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.). U.S. students should contact the department for this information and submit these items directly to the department.

International 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; TOEFL or IELTS scores (if the native language is not English); any other required test scores (GRE, GMAT); and any other application materials required by the graduate program (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), but international students should submit their materials to:

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

Requests for Degree Status are reviewed and acted upon by the appropriate academic department, the Office of Admissions, the Graduate College, and the Office of the Registrar. Responsibility for determining eligibility for admission to graduate degree programs rests primarily with the academic departments. The academic departments are responsible for evaluating degree status applications for admission, but the Graduate College has final authority on the admission status of admitted students (admitted unconditionally or provisionally). A graduate of a college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or a corresponding regional agency is eligible to be considered for unconditional admission. A graduate of a college or university that is not accredited may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the Dean of the 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 (GRE). Students must request that the testing agencies forward their test results directly to the Office of Admissions.

Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required from applicants whose first language is not English. The minimum required scores are 550(paper)/79-80(Internet) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. Please note that some graduate programs have higher requirements. The requirement to submit these scores 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.

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

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 (refer to waiver procedures in this University Catalog).

Requirements for Admission to Non-Degree Status

Non-Degree Status has been established for the post-baccalaureate student who:

  1. wishes to take courses for self-enlightenment unrelated to any graduate degree program.
  2. plans to demonstrate competence in graduate studies in support of consideration for admission to a degree program at a later time.

The admission process for Non-Degree Status applicants begins when the application for admission and all supporting documents have been received in the Office of Admissions. Requests for Non-Degree Status are reviewed and acted upon within the Office of Admissions.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. All students wishing to earn non-degree graduate credit from UNI must have a verified bachelor's degree (and master's degree if the student wishes to take doctoral level courses). If the degree(s) cannot be verified through the National Student Clearinghouse, the student must file an official transcript or statement of degree from each college or university from which they have received a degree, unless the degree was obtained from the University of Northern Iowa. Only documents sent directly from the issuing institution to the UNI Office of Admissions are considered official. Transfer credit is not processed for students if non-degree status.

Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required from applicants whose first language is not English. The minimum required scores are 550(paper)/79-80(Internet) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. Please note that some graduate programs have higher requirements. The requirement to submit these scores 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.

Note: Academic departments are not obliged to count toward their degree programs any credit for course work undertaken in a Non-Degree Status.

Classification of Residents and Nonresidents for Admission, Tuition, and Fee Purposes

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Enrollment and Registration Procedures

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Health

All incoming students are required to submit evidence of having been adequately immunized against measles (rubeola), rubella, and mumps. Students must provide documentation of their immunization records which shows proof of TWO measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. For more information please see our Web site at www.uni.edu/health.

Facilities and Educational Services

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Qualified degree-seeking students may secure loans from either Perkins or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan. Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time (5 semester hours in the fall or spring semesters or 4 semester hours in the summer).

A limited number of opportunities for part-time employment are available on the campus for students attending University of Northern Iowa at least half-time. On-campus positions pay a minimum of $7.25 per hour.

Graduate students who wish further information about financial assistance may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0024. Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Fine and Performing Arts at UNI

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified students who are working toward a graduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa. The associated work assignment is of an academic nature and designed to contribute to the student's graduate education.

A full assistantship for a semester carries a stipend paid in equal installments over a 5-month period. Half-assistantship stipends may also be awarded. The associated work assignment for a full assistantship will not exceed 20 hours per week assisting designated professors in certain appropriate academic functions, including teaching and research.

Graduate students receiving an assistantship stipend may also receive other forms of university-based financial aid, tuition awards, fellowships or scholarships, as long as the latter do not require services performed by the student, i.e., where such could be considered wages. However, students receiving an assistantship stipend cannot be otherwise employed on campus, except as an hourly student employee outside of the department or area of the assistantship.

To be eligible, graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 GPA. Once students have begun studies at the University of Northern Iowa, GPA eligibility will be based upon courses applying to the degree. In absence of an advisement report showing degree requirements, all graduate courses will be used as a basis of computation for GPA eligibility. Graduate students receiving assistantship stipends must be enrolled full-time (9+ graduate hours to a maximum of 15 hours per semester) in courses applying to their degree. Once students have completed their degree credit hours, the graduate assistantship expires, even if students are taking additional classes. The assistantship does not support students beyond degree completion.

Assistantship application forms may be obtained from the department in which the student is applying for an assistantship. Applications should be filed by February 1 with the department.

Recommendations for awarding assistantship stipends are made by the department head or designee who forwards those to be recommended to the Graduate College. Graduate assistantship stipends are awarded through the Graduate College.

Graduate Scholarships

A limited number of Graduate College tuition scholarships are awarded through the Graduate College upon recommendation of the department head. To be eligible, graduate students must have Degree Status and must have a minimum 3.00 GPA. Once students have begun studies at the University of Northern Iowa, GPA eligibility will be based upon courses applying to the degree. In absence of an advisement report showing degree requirements, all graduate courses will be used as a basis of computation for GPA eligibility. Graduate students receiving a tuition scholarship must be enrolled full-time (9+ graduate hours to a maximum of 15 hours per semester) in courses applying to their degree. Full or half tuition scholarships are available. Once students have completed their degree credit hours, the tuition scholarship expires, even if students are taking additional classes. The scholarship does not support students beyond degree completion.

Scholarship application forms may be obtained from the department office in which the student is applying for a scholarship. Applications should be filed by February 1 with the department.

Some university departments offer scholarships for graduate study. Students should obtain information about these awards from the departments in which they intend to do graduate work.

Schedule of Fees

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Student Life

Refer to this University Catalog for further details.

Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs

Departments must provide information to students which outlines: required courses applicable to the various departmental programs of study, examination procedures and other formal evaluations, departmental policies with regard to awarding and renewing assistantships, time limits on programs of study (if less than seven years), registration policies, grade point requirements, requirements for changing from one degree program to another within the department, and other matters as are appropriate. The nature of the departmental advisory system should also be explained to incoming students.

Filing Graduate Student Requests

Student requests are used by students to seek appropriate approval(s) for a variety of requests. Graduate students submit graduate student requests online through MyUNIverse. For graduate students the link to the student request system is located on the MyUNIverse Student Center tab, under the category Forms and Requests. Graduate students click on the Student Request (Graduate) link, and follow instructions to write, submit, and review the approval status of all their student requests.

Regulations Affecting Registration

Each student admitted to a degree program is assigned an advisor. The advisor will assist the student in the registration process involving the selection of courses and other matters such as:

  1. Maximum academic load
    The maximum graduate student load during each semester of the academic year is 15 hours.
    The maximum graduate student load during the eight-week summer session is 9 semester hours of eight-week courses. The maximum load for shorter sessions is  hour per session week (i.e., a 4 hour load in a four-week session; a 6 hour load in a six-week session). The maximum load during a two-week post-session is 2 semester hours.
    Requests for exceptions to these load regulations must be submitted on-line through MyUNIverse, (see Filing Graduate Student Requests). Exceptions may be granted only by the Dean of the Graduate College (or designee).
  2. Level of courses
    Graduate students normally take courses in the 100(g)/5000 series and 200/6000 series. A graduate student may take courses in the 100 series (without g) or below (0000-4999) for undergraduate credit, but such courses do not carry graduate credit and may not be used on a graduate degree. However, all courses graduate or undergraduate, taken as a graduate student, count in determining the cumulative grade point average, except approved non-graded graduate course work.
  3. Continuous registration
    Graduate students who have completed all of their program courses but not all of their graduation requirements, e.g. comprehensive exams, thesis, paper/project, recitals, etc., must be continuously registered until the degree is completed. Students reaching this stage will be automatically registered in the course xxx:29C/xxxx 629C, Continuous Graduate Student (xxx/xxxx refers to the student’s major department), and assessed a $50 fee. Continuous enrollment insures that students can access their university email accounts and utilize the library and its services through graduation.

Program of Study (Advisement Report)

When a student’s admission file is complete, a standard advisement report  is released online for view by the student and the advisor in MyUNIverse. (For students, the advisement report is found in their MyUNIverse Student Center as Academic Requirements. For advisors, the student’s advisement report is found in MyUNIverse Advisor Center.) Usually during the first semester of coursework, a departmental advisor will meet with students to inform them of program requirements and expectations. A default thesis or non-thesis option, if applicable is included in the advisement report, the tracking document of all graduate degree requirements. If the student wishes to change to the other option, if available, a student request is needed. If the student or advisor chooses to make any changes in the degree requirements, a student request must be made online through MyUNIverse (see Filing Graduate Student Requests). The Associate Dean of the Graduate College (or designee) is the final person to approve or reject any changes to the degree requirements. The Dean of the Graduate College is in general charge of each graduate student's program. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all degree program requirements and take the initiative in meeting these requirements and established policies and procedures.

Program of Study Regulations

  1. Scholarship
    A cumulative grade index of 3.00 (B average) must be earned in all courses required for the degree or applying to the degree. The Plan GPA on the advisement report is used to monitor this. No more than six (6) semester hours of C credit (C+, C, C-) may be applied toward credit for graduation. When C-range grades on the advisement report exceed the six hour limit, one or more of such courses must be repeated. Individual departments may identify specific courses within the degree for which a minimum grade of B is required. The original grade for any repeated course will be included in computation for the Plan GPA, as well as in the overall cumulative GPA. A course taken to satisfy degree requirements in which a student receives a D+, D, D- F or NC grade will not be considered satisfactory and must be repeated. The original grade for any repeated course will be included in the computation for the Plan GPA, as well as in the overall cumulative GPA. Courses taken for undergraduate credit are also included in the cumulative GPA.
  2. Time Limitation (Recency of Credit)
    Time limits on the completion of degrees have been established to ensure that a student who earns a UNI graduate degree is current in the discipline at the time of graduation. The allotted time to a graduate degree is seven years from the earliest course applied to the degree. Courses taken more than seven years prior to the granting of the degree cannot be used to meet degree requirements. Any exception to this policy (waiver of recency) is at the discretion of the Associate Dean of the Graduate College, and a waiver of recency must be obtained prior to resuming work toward the degree. Waivers of recency will be subject to the following restrictions:
    If the student’s original time limit expired less than one year ago, the student must explain why the degree could not be completed in the allotted time and the student must present a plan, subject to approval by the program, for degree completion within one to two academic terms (semesters, summer sessions).
    If the student’s original time limit expired over one year ago but under three years ago, the student must explain why the degree could not be completed in the allotted time, and the student and the program must present evidence that the student is still current in the discipline. The student must present a plan, subject to approval by the program, for the student to bring specific coursework into the appropriate recency period and to complete all degree requirements within two to four terms (semesters, summer sessions). If over 50% of the student’s credit hours are within recency, the student’s plan will include repeating, or otherwise bringing into recency, at least 33% of the out-of-recency credits.  If over 50% of the student’s credit hours are out of recency, the student’s plan will include repeating, or otherwise bringing into recency, at least 67% of the out-of recency credits.
    If the student’s original time limit expired over three years ago but under five years ago, the student must explain why the degree could not be completed in the allotted time, and the student and the program must present evidence that the student is still current in the discipline. The student must present a plan, subject to approval by the program, to bring specific coursework into recency and complete all degree requirements within two-three years. If over 50% of the credit hours are within recency, the student’s plan will include repeating, or otherwise bringing into recency, at least 50% of the out-of-recency credits. If over 50% of the student’s credit hours are out of recency, the student’s plan will include repeating, or otherwise bringing into recency, at least 75% of the out-of-recency credits.
    In the above three cases, if an extension of time to complete the degree (waiver of recency) is granted, it will be the only extension the student receives. No further extensions will be granted.
    If the student’s original time limit expired over five years ago, the student must reapply for admission to the graduate program. If the student is accepted, only coursework that is within the recency period when the degree is granted may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
    Extensions of time to complete the degree for military service or family medical leave
    A current graduate student who enters active military service may request to have the recency period extended by a year.
    A current graduate student who has a circumstance that would be covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (if the student were an employee) may request to have the recency period extended by a semester. The circumstances covered by the FMLA are listed at www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/benefits/fmla/index.shtml.
  3. Nongraded credit
    Up to 3 credit hours of graduate nongraded course work may be applied to the degree. Exceptions are practica, internships, 299/6299 and 399/7399 Research and xxx:29R/629R Directed Research.
  4. Credit from Other Institutions
    Graduate credit earned at other regionally accredited colleges and universities may be accepted to a maximum of one-third of the minimum number of hours required by a particular UNI graduate degree program, but doctoral programs may allow a smaller fraction of transfer hours. Transfer credit is not processed for students in non-degree status. Credits earned from other institutions will not satisfy the minimum 200/6000-level course requirement (or 200/6000- 300/7000–level requirement for doctoral degrees). Transfer courses taken after degree admission will not be processed or approved for inclusion in the program of study until official transcripts for these courses are filed with the Office of Admissions, and a Graduate Transfer Evaluation form is completed (available on MyUNIverse at https://access.uni.edu/forms/index.shtml#G). A Graduate Transfer Evaluation Form must be completed for each course a student wishes to transfer, including courses taken prior to admission to the graduate program, unless the course is on a transcript from Iowa State University or the University of Iowa.
    Prior to departmental evaluation of the course for use on the UNI graduate degree program, all transfer courses must satisfy criteria established by the Graduate Council. The Office of Admissions is the sole determiner of whether a course meets these criteria.
    1. Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
    2. Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
    3. Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
    4. Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
    5. Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement. 

After a course has been ruled eligible for graduate transfer credit by the Office of Admissions, the student may submit an online Student Request to transfer the course and use it on the graduate degree. Credits not needed to meet degree requirements will not be transferred. Application of eligible transfer courses to the UNI degree program requires approval by the program. A student pursuing a graduate degree program should discuss plans to transfer credits with the program advisor as soon as possible. Academic departments are not obliged to count toward their degree programs any credit for course work undertaken without specific advice provided by the department.

    5. Correspondence credit

Correspondence courses (specified as Guided Independent Study at UNI) may not ordinarily be applied toward a graduate degree program. In unusual circumstances a student may request that a maximum of 3 semester hours of 100g/5000-level correspondence/UNI Guided Independent Study credit be applied to a graduate degree program. The online student request must be submitted and approved prior to registering for the course. The combination of transfer credit and correspondence credit cannot exceed one-third of a program of study.

    6. Workshop credit

No more than 6 credit hours earned in workshop courses, at the University of Northern Iowa or another institution, will be applied toward a graduate degree.

    7. Residence

At least two-thirds of the minimum hours required for a particular master, specialist or doctor of education degree program must be taken with members of the UNI graduate       faculty. The Doctor of Technology degree program has a different residence requirement. As soon as possible, a student in a degree program should discuss her/his residence  credit plan with her/his program advisor in the degree department.

After students have been admitted for a graduate degree, and provided that prior arrangements have been made with the Dean of the Graduate College, they may take work at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University or the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center. UNI may grant residence credit for this.

    8. Policies Regarding Course Grades of Incomplete

Work reported as Incomplete (I) in the fall session for graduate students must be completed by June 1 the next calendar year. Work reported Incomplete in the spring and summer sessions must be completed by January 1 the next calendar year. The exact length of time to remove the Incomplete within the above timelines is set by agreement between the instructor and the student. If the work reported as Incomplete is not made up by the deadline noted above, it is automatically entered as an F (Failure) on the student's record.

Any requests for an exception to the above timelines must be submitted online through MyUNIverse (see Filing Graduate Student Requests). Only under the most unusual circumstances would requests for additional time be approved.

Some courses continue beyond the normal ending date of the semester or session. In such cases the initial grade reported will be an RC which means Research or Course Continued. Once the extended instructional period is finished the RC grade will be replaced with the appropriate grade assigned by the instructor.

Waiver of Regulations

Exceptions to Graduate College regulations and Graduate Council policies may be granted by the Dean of the Graduate College (or designee). Requests for exceptions must be submitted online at MyUNIverse (see Filing Graduate Student Requests).

Graduate Probation and Suspension - Degree Status Students

Graduate students on degree programs are expected to maintain high academic standards. At the end of each term and when incomplete grades revert to F (Failure) graduate student records are reviewed. Students with unsatisfactory performance are placed on probation or are suspended from graduate degree programs and any graduate enrollment at UNI. Students are evaluated for probation and suspension based on attempted degree hours. Attempted degree hours are any credit hours on the advisement report for which the student receives a mark (A, B, C, D, F, W, I, RC, CR, NC) or for which the term of the course has passed, even if there is no mark.

A student who has attempted nine (9) to seventeen (17) semester hours on the advisement report and attained a Plan GPA less than 3.00 will be placed on probation. If the student attempts eight (8) or more hours while on probation without qualifying as a degree candidate (GPA of 3.00), the student is reviewed for suspension from graduate degree programs. A student who has attempted eighteen (18) or more semester hours on the advisement report and attained a Plan GPA less than 3.00 will be suspended. Students placed on academic suspension cannot enroll in non-degree graduate status or take courses for the student's degree during the year of academic suspension.

Reinstatement

When a student is suspended, at least one calendar year must elapse before application for readmission to a graduate degree program may be made. After one full calendar year on suspension, a suspended student who wishes to enroll in classes must submit an Application for Readmission to Graduate Study and receive approval from the graduate program/department and the Graduate College for reinstatement and removal from suspension. The Application for Readmission to Graduate Study is not available online. It may only be obtained from the Graduate College.

A student reinstated after suspension who fails to attain a GPA of 3.00 after the first enrollment period will be permanently suspended from the graduate program.

In determining a graduate student's grade index, all graded course work on the advisement report will be used as a basis of computation. If the student does not yet have an advisement report showing degree requirements (this can occur if the student’s admission file is incomplete), all graduate courses will be used as a basis of computation. If a graduate student repeats a course, both grades will be used in computing the index.

If a student feels there has been some procedural irregularity concerning her/his suspension from the university, the student may request a review by the Graduate College. This review may be conducted by the Dean of the Graduate College (or her/his designee).

Graduate Probation and Suspension - Non Degree Status Student 

0-3 credits taken (any GPA) - no action

4-6 credits taken - GPA 2.50-2.99 - Probation; GPA less than 2.50 - Suspension

7-8 credits taken - GPA 2.90 – 2.99 - Probation; GPA less than 2.90 - Suspension

9 or more credits taken - GPA less than 3.00 - Suspension

If a student is put on probation, the student must bring the cumulative GPA to 3.00 or better in the next term of enrollment or the student will be suspended. 

Suspension is for a minimum of one calendar year.  Non-degree students who have been placed on academic suspension cannot enroll in graduate courses during the time they are suspended. After one full calendar year, students who wish to enroll in graduate classes must reapply to UNI as a non-degree graduate student, or apply to a graduate program of study, and receive approvals from the Graduate College (and the department, if applicable).

If a student feels there has been some procedural irregularity concerning her/his suspension from the university, the student may request a review by the Graduate College. This review may be conducted by the Dean of the Graduate College (or her/his designee).

Nonacademic Probation and Dismissal

Departmental Nonacademic Probation and Dismissal Policy Procedures*

*

This policy does not preclude enforcement of any other university policies (e.g., policies regarding the academic standing of graduate students, academic ethics policies, grievance procedures for graduate students and graduate assistants).

In addition to the university-wide requirements for academic standing, academic departments may establish additional requirements (e.g., ethical/professional standards), violation of which might determine an individual graduate student’s standing with regard to probation and dismissal from a graduate program.

To this end, departments with such requirements must put these in writing and place them on file in the departmental office and the Graduate College.

Departments must make all reasonable efforts to inform graduate students of the existence of such policies/standards and disseminate them to students upon their admission to graduate study in the program/area.

Subsequent changes in policies/standards must be communicated by the department to each student in the program and to the Dean of the Graduate College or designee. The new regulations will not apply retroactively to the disadvantage of students already in the program.

I. Departmental Nonacademic Probation

If a student is failing to meet departmental nonacademic standards and probation or suspension is being considered, the department must:

  1. warn the student of this in writing and specify in what way(s) the student is failing to meet the departmental standard(s);
  2. advise the student (in writing) of the consequence(s) of failure to address the problem(s) cited, satisfactorily;
  3. provide the student with a reasonable amount of time (e.g., a minimum of ten school days) within which to respond to the notification (e.g., the right to review) and indicate to the person(s) to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide the student with a reasonable amount of time to meet the standards or remediate prior to being placed on departmental probation and suspension.

If a student is to be placed on departmental probation, the department must:

  1. provide, at the time of its imposition, a written explanation of this status, and its time limits;
  2. indicate the impact of departmental probation on the pursuit of future graduate course work in the program of study;
  3. give the student a reasonable amount of time within which to respond to the notification of probation (e.g., right to review) and indicate to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide an explanation of the departmental reinstatement procedure(s);
  5. establish departmental procedures for handling reviews.

The department should also notify the Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar in writing and indicate the impact of the student’s nonacademic probationary status on the pursuit of future graduate course work in the program of study. The Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar should be notified when the student has been removed from probation.

II. Departmental Dismissal

A student may be dismissed for her/his failure to meet: the conditions of admission, conditions of departmental probation, pre-announced departmental grade point requirements or other standards. If a student is dismissed from a graduate program, the department must:

  1. notify the student of this in writing, specify what the student has done to merit departmental dismissal and its time limits;
  2. indicate the impact of departmental dismissal on the pursuit of future course work in the program of study;
  3. give student a reasonable amount of time (e.g., a minimum of ten school days) to respond to the notification of dismissal (e.g., right to review) and indicate to the person(s) to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide an explanation of departmental reinstatement procedures (as appropriate).

The department should notify the Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar in writing and indicate the impact of the student’s nonacademic dismissal on the pursuit of graduate course work in the program of study. The Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar should be notified when the student’s dismissal has been removed.

Departmental policies/procedures for nonacademic probation and dismissal must be approved by the Graduate Dean and offered a fair and expeditious review.

Master's Degree Programs

Graduation Requirements

Thesis Plan

  1. The number of hours of graduate credit required varies with the major, but no fewer than 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required for all majors. For the Master of Arts (M.A.) thesis plan, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) thesis plan, and the Master of Music (M.M.) thesis/recital plan, a minimum of 24 semester hours must be in course work other than xxx:299/6299 Research and xxx:29R/629R Directed Research. For the Master of Science (M.S.) degree with thesis, a minimum of 21 semester hours must be in course work other than xxx:299/6299 Research and xxx:29R/629R Directed Research. The remainder of the 30 semester hours will be xxx:299/6299 thesis research credit. See departmental listings for program descriptions.
  2. 200/6000-level credits: A minimum of 9 semester hours of 200/6000-level credit, other than xxx:299/6299 Research and xxx:29R/629R Directed Research, taken at the University of Northern Iowa is required. A minimum of 6 semester hours of xxx:299/6299 and a maximum of 12 semester hours of xxx:29R/629R taken at the University of Northern Iowa can be applied to the requirements for the degree. Following enrollment in all required semester hours of xxx:299/6299, a thesis major can register for 1-12 hours of xxx:29R/629R and apply it to the degree as additional credits required, as long as no more than 6 semester hours are taken per semester. xxx:29R/629R cannot be applied to the required minimum hours for the degree or the required minimum hours of 200/6000-level for the degree program.
  3. Complete the course requirements for a specific major and any additional courses designated by the departmental committee.
  4. Meet the seven-year recency of credit requirement.
  5. Complete a thesis or creative thesis (or thesis abstract if the creative thesis is not in written form) or recital with recital abstract, as required by the student's graduate program, and meet Graduate College submission deadlines.
  6. Meet the residence credit requirement.
  7. Core requirements.
    Master of Arts in Education
    EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
    SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)Philosophy of Education3
    MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
    Master of Arts
    Professional Core A-
    Required only by certain majors.
    Master of Music
    No core required.
    Professional Science Master's
    No core required.
    Master of Science
    No core required.
  8. Application for graduation
    It is the student’s responsibility to make a timely application to graduate during the term the final degree requirements are completed. Application for graduation must be completed online through MyUNIverse Student Center.  Paper applications are no longer accepted.  A non-refundable graduation fee is charged each term a student applies to graduate.  To avoid paying a late application fee, an application to graduate must be submitted by November 10 for Fall terms, April 1 for Spring terms, or July 1 for Summer terms.  During the semesters, these dates ensure that students’ names can be included in the commencement publication.  After the deadline, but before the end of the term, students may still apply for degree conferral that term, but a substantial late application fee will be charged in addition to the normal graduation fee, and their names might not be included in the commencement publication.  Applications submitted after the end of the term will generally not  be processed for degree conferral for the term just past.  Exceptions for post-term application will only be considered for unforeseen circumstances arising after the end of the term and require approval by the department and the Graduate College on a MyUNIverse student request.  If the department or Graduate College does not approve a post-term applicant, the student will need to apply for graduation the next term and pay the graduation fee, but will not have to pay a graduation fee for the late application.

    Graduate Student Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony


    Graduate students may participate in commencement at the end of the Fall or Spring term that their final degree requirements are completed, or the next later term. There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer degree candidates may participate in Spring or Fall commencement as indicated below.
    Although Application for Degree Conferral may be submitted until the end of the term, in order to ensure inclusion in the commencement program and to avoid a late application fee, Applications for Graduation must be submitted by the following deadlines:
    1. Spring graduate degree candidates must submit their application by April 1.
    2. Fall graduate degree candidates must submit their application by November 10.
    3. Summer graduate degree candidates: The application deadline to avoid the late application fee is July 1. For deadlines for commencement participation, see the appropriate paragraph immediately below:
      Summer Graduation - Master's and Specialist Degree Students: Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer, and who apply by April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral), are eligible to participate in Spring commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer and who apply after April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral) are only eligible to participate in Fall commencement.
      Summer Graduation - Doctoral Degree Students: Students who complete their degree requirements in summer may apply for summer or fall graduation (degree conferral), but they will only be eligible to participate in Fall commencement. Exceptions for summer doctoral candidates to participate in Spring commencement will only be made if the student applied for summer graduation by April 1 and has completed all degree requirements, including defense and final submission of the dissertation to the Graduate College, prior to the end of classes of the spring term.

Non-Thesis Plan

  1. The number of hours of graduate credit required varies with the major,  but no fewer than 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required for all majors. For the Master of Accounting (MAcc), the Master of Arts (M.A.) non-thesis plan, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) non-thesis plan, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Master of Music (M.M.) non-thesis/half recital plan, the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), the Master of Science (M.S.) non-thesis plan, the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), and the Professional Science Master’s (P.S.M.), a minimum of 27 semester hours must be in course work other than xxx:299/6299 Research and xxx:29R/629R Directed Research. See departmental listings for program descriptions.
  2. 200/6000-level credits: A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level credit, taken at the University of Northern Iowa is required. No more than 3 semester hours of xxx:299/6299 can be applied to the requirements for the degree. Following enrollment in 3 semester hours of xxx:299/6299, a non-thesis major can register for 1-12 hours of xxx:29R/629R and apply it to the degree as additional credits required, as long as no more than 6 semester hours are taken per semester. xxx:29R/629R cannot be applied to the required minimum hours for the degree or the required minimum hours of 200/6000-level for the degree program.
  3. Complete the course requirements for a specific major and any additional courses designated by the departmental committee.
  4. Meet the seven-year recency of credit requirement.
  5. Complete at least one research paper or project with a substantial written report or internship with a substantial written report, as required by the student's graduate program. This document must be approved by the department and permanently  filed with the departmental office.
  6. Meet the residence credit requirement.
  7. Core Requirements:
    Master of Accounting
    No core required.
    Master of Arts in Education
    EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
    SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)Philosophy of Education3
    MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
    Master of Arts
    Professional Core A-
    Required only by certain majors.
    Master of Business Administration
    No core required.
    Master of Music
    No core required.
    Master of Public Policy
    No core required.
    Master of Science
    No core required.
    Master of Social Work
    No core required.
    Professional Science Master's
    No core required.
    Professional Core A
    Prerequisite: teacher licensure or equivalent)
    EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
    SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)Philosophy of Education3
    MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
    A course in curriculum or methods of instruction in the major field or any additional course numbered 200/600-level from courses in the EDPSYCH xxxx (200:xxx), ELEMECML xxxx (210:xxx), SPED xxxx (220:xxx), LITED xxxx (230:xxx), INSTTECH xxxx (240:xxx), MEASRES xxxx (250:xxx), SOCFOUND xxxx (260:xxx), EDLEAD xxxx (270:xxx), TEACHING xxxx (280:xxx) series.
  8. Application for graduation
    It is the student’s responsibility to make a timely application to graduate during the term the final degree requirements are completed. Application for graduation must be completed online through MyUNIverse Student Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. A non-refundable graduation fee is charged each term a student applies to graduate. To avoid paying a late application fee, an application to graduate must be submitted by November 10 for Fall terms, April 1 for Spring terms, or July 1 for Summer terms. During the semesters, these dates ensure that students’ names can be included in the commencement publication. After the deadline, but before the end of the term, students may still apply for degree conferral that term, but a substantial late application fee will be charged in addition to the normal graduation fee, and their names might not be included in the commencement publication. Applications submitted after the end of the term will generally not be processed for degree conferral for the term just past. Exceptions for post-term application will only be considered for unforeseen circumstances arising after the end of the term and require approval by the department and the Graduate College on a MyUNIverse student request.  If the department or Graduate College does not approve a post-term applicant, the student will need to apply for graduation the next term and pay the graduation fee, but will not have to pay a graduation fee for the late application.

    Graduate Student Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony


    Graduate students may participate in commencement at the end of the Fall or Spring term that their final degree requirements are completed, or the next later term. There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer degree candidates may participate in Spring or Fall commencement as indicated below.
    Although Application for Degree Conferral may be submitted until the end of the term, in order to ensure inclusion in the commencement program and to avoid a late application fee, Applications for Graduation must be submitted by the following deadlines:
    1. Spring graduate degree candidates must submit their application by April 1.
    2. Fall graduate degree candidates must submit their application by November 10.
    3. Summer graduate degree candidates: The application deadline to avoid the late application fee is July 1. For deadlines for commencement participation, see the appropriate paragraph immediately below:
      Summer Graduation - Master's and Specialist Degree Students
      : Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer, and who apply by April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral), are eligible to participate in Spring commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer and who apply after April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral) are only eligible to participate in Fall commencement.
      Summer Graduation - Doctoral Degree Students
      : Students who complete their degree requirements in summer may apply for summer or fall graduation (degree conferral), but they will only be eligible to participate in Fall commencement. Exceptions for summer doctoral candidates to participate in Spring commencement will only be made if the student applied for summer graduation by April 1 and has completed all degree requirements, including defense and final submission of the dissertation to the Graduate College, prior to the end of classes of the spring term.

Other Requirements and Criteria for Master’s Degree Students

  1. Examinations

    Master's degree students on either the thesis or non-thesis plan may be required to pass a comprehensive examination.

  2. Research credit

    Registration for xxx:299/6299 Research will not be accepted until the student has submitted a statement or outline of the proposed research project and has secured the approval of the person directing the research project and the head of the appropriate department. A copy of the completed research report, approved by the director of the research project and the department head, should be filed in the departmental office.

    Research carries residence credit and may be pursued either on or off campus, but not in an extension class. There is no prerequisite, although it is strongly recommended that 250:205 Educational Research or a departmental course in research be completed before registering for Research.

  3. Thesis

    A thesis is required of all students who choose the thesis option. Because the thesis is considered to serve a functional need, no attempt is made to limit the topics considered acceptable. The thesis is to be prepared and submitted in accordance with the most current edition of the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual at http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation. This manual should be consulted prior to writing the thesis.

    The thesis may take the form of studies, experiments, surveys, compositions, creative work and projects, and may concern itself with such matters as methodology, understanding children, and materials of instruction, or may delve rather deeply into some aspect of a specialized academic field. Whatever the nature of the subject, its development into an acceptable thesis is considered to contribute to the growth of such attributes as maturity of judgment, initiative, writing ability, and organizational ability. The thesis should make a  contribution to the world's knowledge, its preparation should develop in the writer a broader understanding of the world's knowledge and a more genuine appreciation of the research efforts of others.

    1. Selection of Thesis Topic

      Students following the thesis plan of study are urged to make at least a tentative selection of a topic by the end of their first semester.

    2. Thesis Committee

      Master’s degree students on the thesis option must select a thesis committee in consultation with their academic advisors (usually within the first 9-12 credit hours of course work). They must file a Committee Approval Form (http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation) for Graduate College approval. The committee consists of a faculty chairperson and two additional graduate faculty members. One of the three may be from outside the major department, however a minimum of three must be graduate faculty, including the chairperson. The student can add additional persons. The committee assists students to further define course work, supervises thesis research and writing, and eventually accepts or rejects the thesis.

    3. Credit hours

      The total number of credit hours of research permitted for thesis work will vary with the program. Master's theses (M.A., M.A.E.) include a 6-9 hour research credit requirement. The M.S. thesis option requires a maximum of 9 credit hours of research in the program of study. However, in all cases, to earn research credit the student registers for the appropriate numbered course (xxx:299/6299), not more than 6 hours in any semester. The instructor may assign an RC for Research Continued, if s(he) feels the work has not reached the stage where it can be evaluated. Registration for the last segment of research credit (for work on her/his thesis) should be postponed until the thesis is near completion.

      The Registrar may authorize the extension of time for the completion of a Research Continued (RC) in Research (xxx:299/6299) up to one additional calendar year with consent of instructor. If at the end of that time the work has not been completed, the RC will be changed to an F (Failure).

    4. Thesis preview

      During the semester in which the student intends to graduate, the student must make an appointment with the Graduate College for a thesis preview to have the style and format of the thesis reviewed. All problems may not be detected during the preview; however, the major difficulties will be discussed. Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems that are easily remedied at this stage. Academic departments must identify the students who should be scheduled for preview each semester. The student must have an up-to-date program of study and the Thesis Committee approved by the Graduate Dean before a preview meeting will be scheduled. The preview must be scheduled and completed no later than eight weeks before the last day of the semester students intend to graduate. No thesis will be accepted by the Graduate College for final approval without the completion of this preview.

    5. Oral Defense

      All students must have a formal oral defense of their thesis before a committee composed of at least three UNI graduate faculty. Completion of the thesis project occurs when the student’s committee and the Dean of the Graduate College have approved the thesis. The thesis must be presented for approval to the thesis committee early enough in the semester to meet the Graduate College deadline for final submission.

    6. Filing of thesis

      Students must present two copies of the thesis in final form, either originals or photocopies, to the Graduate College no later than six weeks before graduation. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in graduation. The requirements for the preparation and filing of the thesis are set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Manual. The manual may be obtained from the Graduate College website www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation.

      Final copies submitted to the Graduate College must be on white, acid free, 24-pound, 25 percent or 100 percent cotton paper. Students may purchase the approved paper at Copyworks or an office supply store. Final copies must be clean and suitable for microfilming, with uniform darkness, and a sharp imprint.

      When the thesis is submitted to the Graduate College, a charge will be put on the student's bill for the cost of the thesis binding. Students will also indicate to the Graduate College the name and edition of the style manual used in preparing the thesis. Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual for the list of approved style manuals.

      In addition to the two copies required by the Graduate College, the department awarding the degree requires copies. Students should check with their department, as the number varies.

    7. Filing of abstract of thesis

      An abstract or summary of the thesis is required of all students following the thesis plan toward the master's degree. The abstract will be approximately 350 words in length and is submitted with the thesis. Three copies of the abstract must be filed in the Graduate College.

Summary of Hour Requirements

A summary of the hour requirements for both the thesis and the non-thesis plans is listed below. Additional hours may be required by departments for individuals on specific programs or special objectives.

Thesis

Minimum graduate hours required *30
Minimum hours of credit at UNI20
Maximum usable hours in transfer and correspondence** credit combined ***10
Maximum usable hours of correspondence** credit (requires Graduate College preapproval)3
Maximum usable hours of workshop credit6
Minimum hours required in courses numbered 200/6000 and above at UNI 15

*

Includes 6 to 9 hours for research (xxx:299/6299), depending on the master’s program.

**

Correspondence courses at UNI are specified as Guided Independent Study.

***

Up to one-third of the minimum hours required for the particular degree.

Includes no more than 6 hours research credit (xxx:299/6299) for thesis. Some departments have a higher minimum.


Non-thesis

Minimum graduate hours required *30
Minimum hours of credit at UNI20
Maximum usable hours of correspondence** credit combined ***10
Maximum usable hours in transfer correspondence** credit (requires Graduate College preapproval)3
Maximum usable hours of workshop credit6
Minimum hours required in courses numbered 200/6000 and above at UNI 12

*

Includes at least one research paper. Total hours depends on major chosen.

**

Correspondence courses at UNI are specified as Guided Independent Study.

***

Up to one-third of the minimum hours required for the particular degree.

In some departments they may include no more than 3 hours of Research (xxx:299/6299).


Second Master's Degree

Students may pursue a second master's degree at the University of Northern Iowa upon completion of the first master’s degree or may pursue two separate master's degrees concurrently by meeting all requirements for the second degree. Only 8 semester hours of work from the first degree may be used for the second degree. All university graduation requirements including completion of 200/6000-level course work, separate master's project/thesis, comprehensives, and all other specific requirements shall be met for the second degree in addition to the first degree.

Interdisciplinary Master's Degree

A student may pursue a master's degree with two majors or two emphasis areas by meeting all the requirements for the second major; 8 semester hours of work from the first major may be used for the second. The requirements for work at the University of Northern Iowa, 200/6000-level work, and all other specific requirements shall be met for the second major, in addition to work completed for the first major. Common research project/thesis and comprehensives are permissible. For students completing one thesis for two majors, course work common to both majors would include 6 hours of xxx:299/6299 Research and 2 additional hours. This would constitute the 8 semester hours of course work that may be common to both majors.

Master's Degree Concurrent With or After a Doctoral Degree

A maximum of six hours of graduate credit applied to meet the requirements of a doctoral degree may be applied to both the doctoral degree and an additional graduate degree beyond a first Master's degree. No course may apply to both the first Master's degree and a doctoral degree. No course may be applied to more than two degrees. At least two-thirds (2/3) of the minimum hours required for a graduate degree must be UNI courses taken only for that degree. Any combination of transfer hours and hours applied to another degree may make up no more than one-third (1/3) of the minimum hours required for a graduate degree. Some programs may impose lower limits.

Master of Accounting Degree

Students interested in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Accounting for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Accounting (MAcc) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

Refer to Department of Accounting in this University Catalog for program requirements.

Master of Arts Degree

Students interested in the Master of Arts degree program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the appropriate department for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Master of Arts program is a highly flexible one. The plan of study prescribed for each student depends upon the student's undergraduate preparation, experience, and future plans. The needs of the student, as determined by the student and her/his advisor and departmental committee, are the guiding factors in course selection. It should be stressed, however, that regardless of the plan of study followed, graduate work leading to the degree of Master of Arts should constitute a cohesive, logically planned program, not merely an accumulation of credit in a variety of courses. On most programs both the thesis and the non-thesis plans are available.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Arts (M.A.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements. See individual department sections as noted below for specific major requirements.

A number of curricula lead to the degree of Master of Arts. Programs are available for advanced preparation of elementary and secondary teachers, for college teaching, and for graduate study without reference to teaching. The following majors are offered:

  • Art Education

  • Communication Studies

  • Counseling

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Technology

  • English

  • Geography

  • Health Education

  • History

  • Leisure Services-Youth and Human Services

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4-8)

  • Music

  • Performance and Training Technology

  • Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development

  • Physical Education

  • Psychology

  • School Library Studies

  • Science Education

  • Social Science

  • Spanish

  • Speech-Language Pathology

  • Teaching English in Secondary Schools

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • TESOL/Modern Languages

  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Master of Arts in Education Degree

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Education degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the appropriate department for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

This degree is designed for students whose work is primarily in professional education. Two plans of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education are available: one plan requires the writing of a thesis; the other does not.

Many programs at this level carry with them the requirements for teacher licensure. In some cases, students may be building up competency in a field in which they have had little or no preparation at the bachelor's level. For these reasons some of the programs must carry with them a substantial number of specific requirements. Whenever possible, however, an effort is made to keep the specific course requirements for each major at a minimum, so students, with the help of their advisor and the departmental committee, may plan the graduate program which will best meet the students’ individual needs.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements. See individual department sections as noted below or contact the head of the department offering the major for specific major requirements.

Although a special curriculum is not available for supervisors of student teaching, a student can arrange a program to qualify for such a position.

The following majors are offered:

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Specialty Area Focus

    • Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education

    • Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education

    • Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education

Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

  • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs

  • Principalship

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

  • Educational Psychology

  • Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers

Department of Special Education

  • Special Education

  • Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

Master of Business Administration Degree

Students interested in the Master of Business Administration degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the College of Business Administration for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Graduate study in business at UNI provides a broad-based, integrated program which emphasizes the functional areas of business in order to provide the graduate with a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical business operations. The M.B.A. curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with undergraduate backgrounds in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering, as well as those with degrees in business. The M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB International, the primary accrediting organization on management education.

The plan of study prescribed for the degree is structured to develop graduates who will have acquired:

  1. an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the process of policy formulation and implementation;

  2. a comprehension of environmental factors-economic, legal, social, and political-which affect the individual in the performance of managerial responsibilities;

  3. an understanding of analytical techniques and the use of quantitative data in the administration of business controls;

  4. the ability to communicate ideas effectively in oral and written form; and

  5. a basic knowledge of selected functional areas of business administration.

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is dependent upon the quality of the applicant's undergraduate record, the score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and writing skills demonstrated on the addendum to the application. The GMAT must be taken prior to acceptance into the program.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

Refer to Master of Business Administration in this University Catalog for program requirements.

Master of Music Degree

Students interested in the Master of Music degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the School of Music for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Students wishing to take a course for graduate credit in the School of Music or wishing to pursue a degree program in this department must consult with the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in Music prior to registration for the course. Detailed information concerning requirements and procedures will be provided, and specific evidence of previous accomplishments will be reviewed.

The Master of Music degree is a professional degree designed to prepare the graduate for:

  1. enhanced opportunity in public and private school music teaching,

  2. a college teaching career,

  3. a performance career as a professional musician or composer, or

  4. further graduate work at the doctoral level.

The following majors are offered:

  • Composition

  • Conducting

  • Jazz Pedagogy

  • Music Education

  • Music History

  • Performance

  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Applicants for a graduate degree program in the School of Music should possess the baccalaureate degree in music or a demonstrated equivalent. Students should have attained a high degree of proficiency in one or more of the following areas:

  • performance

  • theory-composition

  • conducting

  • music education

  • or music history

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Music (M.M.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

Refer to School of Music in this University Catalog for specific admission and major program requirements.

Master of Public Policy

Students interested in the Master of Public Policy degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Public Policy program for other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Master of Public Policy is a professional interdisciplinary degree program providing specialized and advanced training for students wishing to assume roles as policy analysts, principally in the governmental and nonprofit sectors of society.

Core courses in the program provide thorough coverage of the contributions of political science, economics, and history to the analysis of public policy. The core also includes methods courses that provide training in the rigorous methods of policy analysis required of professionals in the field.

Focus courses allow students to develop an understanding of a particular substantive or methodological area of policy analysis. Continuing participation in seminars allows discussion of current practice and development, provides a forum for on-going discussion, and includes philosophical orientation to the ethical questions which arise in policy contexts. An internship with a public policy organization introduces students to the professional environment and allows application of theory and methods to actual policy problems.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

Refer to Master of Public Policy in this University Catalog for program requirements.

Master of Science Degree

Students interested in the Master of Science degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the appropriate department for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Science (M.S.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

See individual department sections as noted below for specific major program requirements.

The following majors are offered:

  • Athletic Training

  • Biology

Master of Social Work Degree

Students interested in the program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Social Work for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The mission of the University of Northern Iowa’s Master of Social Work degree program is to prepare students for advanced micro practice or social administration. There is commitment to serve the community and to contribute new knowledge to the field. Students and faculty are also committed to creating environments that enhance optimal human potential and growth. Theoretical underpinnings and learning environment are based on systems and strengths perspectives. Advocacy and promotion of cultural sensitivity, human rights, and social and economic justice are central to the program.

Students who plan to receive the degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements. .

Refer to Master of Social Work in this University Catalog for major program requirements.

Professional Science Master’s Degree

Students interested in the Professional Science Master’s degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the appropriate department for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Professional Science Master’s degree combines scientific or technical training with abbreviated business training and interdisciplinary cohort-building experiences.

Students who plan to receive the Professional Science Master’s degree (P.S.M.) must meet the common regulations and requirements for all graduate programs, as well as the specific regulations and requirements for the master’s program as described in this University Catalog and the specific major requirements.

See individual department sections as noted below for specific major program requirements.

The following majors are offered:

  • Biotechnology

  • Ecosystem Management

  • Industrial Mathematics

Specialist in Education Degree

Students interested in the Specialist in Education degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The following major is offered in the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations:

School Psychology (refer to Department of Educational Psychology in this University Catalog for program requirements)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students shall complete the general requirements for the Specialist in Education degree and shall meet the requirements as specified by the departmental committee using a combination of graduate courses taken for the master's degree and beyond.

  2. Hours of credit

    A student must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree. Credit earned in excess of that required for the master's degree may be applied toward the 36-hour requirement if that credit is earned during the final semester. Certain limitations on the amount and kinds of credit must be observed. See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs:

    1. 200/6000-level credit

      A student must earn at least 15 semester hours of credit in courses numbered 200/6000 or above.

    2. Research credit

      For the thesis option, not more than 6 hours of research credit (xxx:299/6299) can be included in the 36 (or more) hours of post-master's credit. For the non-thesis option, not more than 3 hours of research credit (xxx:299/6299) can be included in the 36 (or more) hours of post-master’s credit.

    3. Time Limitation (Recency of credit)

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    4. Transfer credit

      In addition to the transfer credit permitted on the master's degree (see the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs), 8 semester hours of transfer credit for post-master's work may be applied toward the degree of Specialist in Education.

    5. Correspondence credit(specified as Guided Independent Study at UNI)

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    6. Workshop credit

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  3. Scholarship

    A cumulative grade index of 3.00 (B average) must be earned as graduate students in all courses on the advisement report. No credit toward graduation is allowed for a course in which a grade below C- is earned. See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  4. Residence requirement

    See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  5. Examinations

    1. Students must pass a comprehensive oral examination, including a defense of the thesis, if required.

    2. Students may be required by the departmental committee to pass a written comprehensive examination. If required, it should precede the oral examination.

  6. Thesis

    Students who did not complete a thesis for the master’s degree must complete one for the specialist’s degree. The department may require students who have written a master’s thesis to write a thesis for the specialist’s degree also. The thesis is to be prepared and submitted in accordance with the most current edition of the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual at http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation. This manual should be consulted prior to writing the thesis. The thesis must have the approval of the thesis committee and the Dean of the Graduate College.

    1. Thesis Committee

      The Dean of the Graduate College approves the appointment of three members of the Graduate Faculty as an advisory committee to guide the student in selecting and completing an appropriate thesis project. Students must file a Committee Approval Form (http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation) for Graduate College approval.

    2. Credit hours

      The work on a thesis will involve 6 hours of research credit (xxx:299/6299). To earn this credit, a student registers for Research and usually not in one block. The instructor may assign a grade for a semester's registration in research based upon the progress made, or may assign a Research Continued (RC) if the instructor feels the work has not reached the place where it can be evaluated. Registration for the last segment of research credit (for work on a thesis) should not be made until the thesis is near completion. The Registrar may authorize an extension of time for the completion of Research Continued (RC) in research up to one additional calendar year with the consent of the instructor. If at the end of that time the work has not been completed, the grade of RC will be changed to an F (Failure).

    3. Thesis preview

      During the semester in which the student intends to graduate, the student must make an appointment with the Graduate College for a thesis preview to have the style and format of the thesis reviewed. All problems may not be detected during the preview; however, the major difficulties will be discussed. Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems that are easily remedied at this stage. Academic departments must identify the students who should be scheduled for preview each semester. The student must have an up-to-date advisement report and the Thesis Committee approved by the Graduate Dean before a preview meeting will be scheduled. The preview must be scheduled and completed no later than eight weeks before the last day of the semester students intend to graduate. No thesis will be accepted by the Graduate College for final approval without the completion of this preview.

    4. Oral Defense

      Students must have a formal defense of their thesis, before a committee composed of at least three UNI graduate faculty, as part of their comprehensive oral examination (see section 5, Examinations above). Completion of the thesis project occurs when the thesis has been approved by the thesis committee and the Dean of the Graduate College. The thesis must be presented for approval to the thesis committee early enough in the semester to meet the Graduate College deadline for final submission.

    5. Filing of Thesis

      Students must present two copies of the thesis in final form, either originals or photocopies, to the Graduate College no later than six weeks before graduation. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in graduation. The requirements for the preparation and filing of the thesis are set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Manual at http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation.

      Final copies submitted to the Graduate College must be on white, acid free, 24-pound, 25 percent or 100 percent cotton paper. Students may purchase the approved paper at Copyworks or an office supply store. Final copies must be clean and suitable for microfilming, with uniform darkness, and a sharp imprint.

      When a thesis is submitted to the Graduate College, a charge will be put on the student's bill for the cost of the thesis binding. Students will also indicate to the Office of the Graduate College the name and edition of the style manual used in preparing the thesis. Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual  at http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation for the list of approved style manuals.

      In addition to two copies for the Graduate College, the department requires copies. Students should check with the department awarding the degree regarding the number of additional copies required, as these vary.

    6. Filing of Abstract of Thesis

      An abstract or summary of the thesis is required of all students following the thesis plan toward the specialist's degree. The abstract will be approximately 350 words in length and is submitted with the thesis. Three copies of the abstract must be filed in the Office of the Graduate College.

  7. Licensure

    In some cases, appropriate teaching endorsement will be recommended for those who meet the standards set by the university in conjunction with the appropriate licensure agency. Receipt of the degree is not a necessary prerequisite to recommendation for the appropriate endorsement(s) unless state standards require such. A Plan grade point average of 3.00 or better will be required prior to recommendation for endorsement(s).

  8. Exit Requirement

    Before graduating with the Specialist in Education degree, the student must take the Praxis II test in School Psychology (number 0400) and submit a copy of the complete Examinee Score Report to the program coordinator.

  9. Application for Graduation

    It is the student’s responsibility to make a timely application to graduate during the term the final degree requirements are completed. Application for graduation must be completed online through MyUNIverse Student Center.  Paper applications are no longer accepted.  A non-refundable graduation fee is charged each term a student applies to graduate.  To avoid paying a late application fee, an application to graduate must be submitted by November 10 for Fall terms, April 1 for Spring terms, or July 1 for Summer terms.  During the semesters, these dates ensure that students’ names can be included in the commencement publication.  After the deadline, but before the end of the term, students may still apply for degree conferral that term, but a substantial late application fee will be charged in addition to the normal graduation fee, and their names might not be included in the commencement publication.  Applications submitted after the end of the term will generally not be processed for degree conferral for the term just past.  Exceptions for post-term application will only be considered for unforeseen circumstances arising after the end of the term and require approval by the department and the Graduate College on a MyUNIverse student request.  If the department or Graduate College does not approve a post-term applicant, the student will need to apply for graduation the next term and pay the graduation fee, but will not have to pay a graduation fee for the late application.

    Graduate Student Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony


    Graduate students may participate in commencement at the end of the Fall or Spring term that their final degree requirements are completed, or the next later term. There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer degree candidates may participate in Spring or Fall commencement as indicated below.
    Although Application for Degree Conferral may be submitted until the end of the term, in order to ensure inclusion in the commencement program and to avoid a late application fee, Applications for Graduation must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    1. Spring graduate degree candidates must submit their application by April 1.
    2. Fall graduate degree candidates must submit their application by November 10.
    3. Summer graduate degree candidates: The application deadline to avoid the late application fee is July 1. For deadlines for commencement participation, see the appropriate paragraph immediately below:
      Summer Graduation - Master's and Specialist Degree Students: Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer, and who apply by April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral), are eligible to participate in Spring commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer and who apply after April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral) are only eligible to participate in Fall commencement.
      Summer Graduation - Doctoral Degree Students: Students who complete their degree requirements in summer may apply for summer or fall graduation (degree conferral), but they will only be eligible to participate in Fall commencement. Exceptions for summer doctoral candidates to participate in Spring commencement will only be made if the student applied for summer graduation by April 1 and has completed all degree requirements, including defense and final submission of the dissertation to the Graduate College, prior to the end of classes of the spring term.

Doctor of Education Degree

Students interested in the Doctor of Education degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the appropriate department for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree. The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program in most intensive study areas. There are three components to the program:

Professional Common Core (work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research)15
Advanced Professional Study (in one of four areas of intensive study and a related area)38
Dissertation7
Total Hours60

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The four areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The four intensive study areas are:

  • Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services

  • Curriculum and Instruction

  • Educational Leadership and

  • Special Education

(In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.)

Brief definitions of the four areas are as follows.

Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services

This area of intensive study is designed to provide students with advanced planning, management, supervision and evaluation of programs in the community and its institutions. The combined areas of allied health, recreation and community services are diverse professional areas knitted together by a unified commitment to enhancing, enriching and sustaining individual well being and quality of life. Each of these areas contributes unique and different professional perspectives, yet, at the same time, focus on the individual and collective well being of people, communities and society as a whole. Graduates are prepared for careers as applied scholars, evaluators, athletic administration, administrators of community nonprofit organizations, youth serving agencies, public parks and recreation agencies, foundations, and government agencies. The program of study will be based upon student's needs, interests, and upon approval by an academic advisor and program of study committee. (For more information, contact the Chair of Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division, the Health Promotion and Education Division, or Athletic Training Division in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)

Curriculum and Instruction

This area of intensive study is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children and adult learners. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.)

Educational Leadership

This area of intensive study involves the preparation of personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, and non-school educational settings. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education.)

Special Education

This area of intensive study is designed to provide students with a variety of leadership positions in public schools, higher education and human services agencies serving infants, children, youth and adults with disabilities. This program will center on preparing leaders who will be able to promote new meanings about diversity, develop inclusive school cultures and instructional programs, and forge productive relationships between schools and their communities. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Special Education.)

Specific program requirements are listed within each department (Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education; School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services; and Department of Special Education)

Admission to Doctoral Study

Initial Admission

Formal application to doctoral study should be made to the appropriate intensive study area office, where descriptive materials and application packets may be obtained. Application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Admission to the program will be granted to those applicants who provide evidence of prior academic success; successful and appropriate professional experience; effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and professional and academic goals that may be effectively served by the degree program offered. Additional criteria may be established by an area of intensive study since some previous specialization work is presumed.

  1. The applicant must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

  2. Each applicant must submit transcripts of all previous academic work. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.50 for all prior graduate work will not usually be considered for regular admission.

  3. Examinations

    The following examination is required of students enrolled in the Doctor of Education program:

    Graduate Record Examination

    The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission. Students applying for admission to the Ed.D. degree program must have their verbal, analytical writing, and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered for degree status admission.

    Some intensive study areas require a written statement from each applicant as part of the total application packet. The written statement should articulate the applicant’s professional background, reasons for seeking the doctoral degree and a statement of career goals. A sample of professional writing that will be formally assessed may also be required. The professional writing sample may consist of a master’s research paper or thesis, published article, a paper prepared for presentation at a professional conference, or similar document. Contact the intensive study area department for complete application requirements.

  4. The applicant must have a minimum of three years of professional educational experience.

  5. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from individuals familiar with the applicant's potential for advanced professional study, at least one from a professor familiar with the applicant as a student and at least one from an educational employer/supervisor.

  6. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required from applicants whose first language is not English. The requirement to submit these scores 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.

Provisional degree status may be recommended for an applicant who does not meet all of the requirements or for whom it is felt that further graduate course work or professional experience would be useful in making the admission decision. Provisional degree status will not be considered for applicants whose admission files are incomplete. An individual admitted to provisional degree status must be formally reconsidered for regular admission, and course work completed during that time must be subsequently approved by an appropriate faculty committee before it may be applied to a degree.

Soon after full admission, an advisor will be appointed for each student. In most instances, the advisor will be from the student's area of intensive study. Prior to the completion of 15 semester hours of course work toward the doctorate at the University of Northern Iowa, the student should meet with the advisor to discuss the coursework to be submitted for approval for application to their 38-hour intensive study area.

General Regulations

See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  1. Maximum academic load

    See the Common Regulations and Requirements for all Graduate Programs.

  2. Credit from Other Institutions

    All transfer credit, including work taken prior to formal admission, is subject to review by the Office of Admissions, Dean of the Graduate College or designee, Dean or Associate Dean of the College of Education, and the College Committee for Doctoral Study. The student's doctoral advisor and program coordinator will make recommendations regarding the applicability of transfer credit. See below for additional transfer credit policies.

    A student can apply toward a doctorate a combined maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit and a second or third master’s, or specialist degree credit (maximum of 6 hours).

    1. Transfer credit

      Usually a maximum of 15 hours of credit from regionally accredited graduate institutions may be applied toward meeting the minimum credit hour requirements for the Doctor of Education degree, subject to the transfer credit eligibility criteria and procedures under Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs. Usually not more than 3 hours of acceptable transfer credit may be applied toward any given subcomponents of the Professional Common Core. Hours that have been applied to meet the requirements of another degree cannot be transferred.

    2. Master’s degree credit

      A maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit applied to meet the requirements of a second or third master’s degree or specialist’s degree may be applied toward the doctorate, subject to the Recency of Credit regulation. These hours must be approved by the graduate coordinator of the Intensive Study Area and the Department Head.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Scholarship

    A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale) must be maintained for all course work taken toward the Doctor of Education degree at the University of Northern Iowa. No more than 6 semester hours of C credit (C-, C, C+) may be applied toward credit for graduation. A course with a grade lower than C- may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  2. Hours of Credit

    A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master’s degree is required. Students must complete the 15-credit Professional Common core, the 38-credit Advanced Professional Study in one of four intensive study areas, but including a minimum of 6 hours outside the intensive study area, and a Dissertation of 7 credits.

    1. Level of courses

      Credit earned as part of the candidate's degree will be earned in courses which are at the graduate level (100g/5000-level, 200/6000-level, or 300/7000-level). A minimum of 45 hours of course work at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level must be completed. No more than 15 hours of credit at the 100g/5000-level may apply toward the minimum hours. Some intensive study areas may require more hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.

    2. Research credit

      Not more than 6 hours of research [INTDEPED 7399 (190:399) or a departmental 7399] may be applied to the minimum requirements for the degree. Master’s-level Research courses xxx:299/6299 may not be applied to a doctoral degree. Directed Research xxx:29R/629R may be taken after all hours of INTDEPED 7399 (190:399) /7399 have been registered for, but for no more than 12 hours total and for no more than 6 hours in a given term. xxx:29R/629R cannot be applied to the required minimum hours for the degree or the required minimum hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level for the degree.

    3. Time Limitation (Recency of credit)

      Courses taken more than seven years prior to the granting of the degree cannot be used to meet degree requirements. See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    4. Correspondence Credit (specified as Guided Independent Study at UNI)

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    5. Workshop credit

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  3. Residence requirement

    See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  4. Examinations

    The following examinations are required of all students enrolled in the Doctor of Education program:

    1. Doctoral comprehensive examination

      The candidate requests permission to take the comprehensive examination through the Intensive Study Area office. Normally, such a request is made during the term prior to the administration of the comprehensive examination. The doctoral comprehensive examination is governed by the following conditions:

      1. The candidate will have completed 80 percent of her/his program of study.
      2. The candidate will have satisfied the research proficiency requirement.
      3. The examination is prepared within the guidelines established by the ISA.
      4. A candidate may be permitted to take the doctoral comprehensive examination a second time.
        Note: Upon successful completion of the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination, the degree candidate achieves the status of active candidate.
        Post-comprehensive registration
        Doctoral students who have completed all of their program but the dissertation, and who have passed their comprehensive examination must be continuously registered until the degree is completed. Students reaching this stage will be automatically registered and assessed a fee for 190:300/7300, the post-comprehensive course registration number. Students who have completed their coursework, but have not yet passed the comprehensive examination, must be registered by the department in xxx:29C Continuous Graduate Student until they have met the enrollment criteria for 190:300/7300 Post-comprehensive Registration.
    2. Doctoral dissertation examination

      Upon completion of her/his doctoral dissertation, the active candidate will request and submit to a public examination over the content, design, and methodology used in conducting the dissertation research.

  5. Dissertation

    A dissertation is required of all candidates for the Doctor of Education degree. Students are encouraged to select the topic of their dissertation early in the program. The dissertation is to be prepared and submitted in accordance with the most current edition of the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual at http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation. This manual should be consulted prior to writing the dissertation.

    1. Dissertation Committee

      The dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of four members of the UNI graduate faculty. One of the four members must be from outside the student's department and some departments may require the person to be outside the college.

      An expansion of the committee may occur if a non-faculty member or an external faculty member from a university other than UNI, agrees to serve due to expertise or as a representative of an area of knowledge. Approval shall comprise a written petition submitted in the normal procedure. Non-faculty personnel will participate in all committee responsibilities except for signature decisions.

    2. Credit hours

      The dissertation will involve 7 hours of credit. The first one hour will be INTDEPED 7389 (190:389) /7389 Dissertation Seminar. The remaining 6 hours will be INTDEPED 7399 (190:399) /7399 Research. The instructor may assign an RC for Research Continued, if s(he) feels the work has not reached the stage where it can be evaluated. Registration for the last segment of research credit should be postponed until the dissertation is near completion. The Registrar may authorize the extension of time for the completion of a Research Continued (RC) in Research INTDEPED 7399 (190:399) /7399 up to one additional calendar year with consent of instructor. If at the end of that time the work has not yet been completed, the RC will be changed to an F (Failure).

    3. Doctoral dissertation proposal

      The student, in conjunction with her/his advisor, should make arrangements to present the dissertation proposal to the doctoral committee as a group. Formal work on the dissertation may not proceed without approval from this committee.

    4. Dissertation Preview

      During the semester in which the student intends to graduate, the student must make an appointment with the Graduate College for a dissertation preview to have the style and format of the dissertation reviewed. All problems may not be detected during the preview; however, the major difficulties will be discussed. Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems that are easily remedied at this stage. Academic departments must identify the students who should be scheduled for preview each semester. The student must have an up-to-date advisement report and the Dissertation Committee approved by the Graduate Dean before a preview meeting will be scheduled. The preview must be scheduled and completed no later than eight weeks before the last day of the semester students intend to graduate. No dissertation will be accepted by the Graduate College for final approval without the completion of this preview.

    5. Oral Defense

      See 4b above (Examinations). Completion of the dissertation occurs when the student’s committee and the Dean of the Graduate College have approved the dissertation. The dissertation must be in final copy form before doctoral committee members may affix their signatures for approval. The dissertation must be presented for approval to the dissertation committee early enough in the term to meet the Graduate College deadline for final submission.

    6. Filing of Dissertation

      The student must present four unbound copies of the dissertation in final form, either originals or photocopies, to the Graduate College no later than six weeks before graduation. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in graduation. The requirements for the preparation and filing of the dissertation are set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Manual http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation.

      Three of the final copies submitted to the Graduate College must be on white, acid free, 24-pound, 25 percent or 100 percent cotton paper. The student may purchase the approved paper at Copyworks or an office supply store. The fourth final copy may be on regular printer paper. Final copies must be clean and suitable for microfilming, with uniform darkness and a sharp imprint.

      When a dissertation is submitted to the Graduate College, dissertation fees will be put on the student's university bill (see Dissertation Fees below). Students will also indicate to the Graduate College the name and edition of the style manual used in preparing the dissertation. Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation for the list of approved style manuals.

      In addition to the four copies required by the Graduate College the department of the intensive study area requires copies. Students should check with their department, as the number varies.

    7. Filing of Abstract of Dissertation

      Three copies of an abstract of the dissertation must be filed in the Graduate College at the time of final deposit of the dissertation. Regulations for the dissertation also apply to the abstract. The abstract must not exceed 350 words in length. See the most current edition of Thesis and Dissertation Manual http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation, for details.

    8. Publishing Agreement

      A Publishing Microfilm Agreement and Survey of Earned Doctorates must be completed and returned to the Graduate College with the final dissertation. The fourth final copy of the dissertation, which may be on regular printer paper, must accompany the publishing agreement.

      The University of Northern Iowa participates in a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and conducted by University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for reproduction of doctoral dissertations on microfilm. If the dissertation has been copyrighted, this information must be included on the university agreement form.

    9. Dissertation fees

      Several fees are required in connection with the dissertation and will be put on the student's university bill when the dissertation is submitted; these include:

      1. a binding fee for the library copies of the dissertation. If a student wishes to bind additional copies, individual arrangements with a binder must be made.
      2. a publishing fee to cover the cost of digitizing the dissertation and publishing the abstract.
      3. a copyright fee if the student wishes to have the dissertation copyrighted.
        Students should check with the Graduate College office for the amount of each of the above fees. 
  6. Application for Graduation

    It is the student’s responsibility to make a timely application to graduate during the term the final degree requirements are completed. Application for graduation must be completed online through MyUNIverse Student Center.  Paper applications are no longer accepted.  A non-refundable graduation fee is charged each term a student applies to graduate.  To avoid paying a late application fee, an application to graduate must be submitted by November 10 for Fall terms, April 1 for Spring terms, or July 1 for Summer terms.  During the semesters, these dates ensure that students’ names can be included in the commencement publication.  After the deadline, but before the end of the term, students may still apply for degree conferral that term, but a substantial late application fee will be charged in addition to the normal graduation fee, and their names might not be included in the commencement publication.  Applications submitted after the end of the term will generally not be processed for degree conferral for the term just past.  Exceptions for post-term application will only be considered for unforeseen circumstances arising after the end of the term and require approval by the department and the Graduate College on a MyUNIverse student request.  If the department or Graduate College does not approve a post-term applicant, the student will need to apply for graduation the next term and pay the graduation fee, but will not have to pay a graduation fee for the late application.
    Graduate Student Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony
    Graduate students may participate in commencement at the end of the Fall or Spring term that their final degree requirements are completed, or the next later term. There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer degree candidates may participate in Spring or Fall commencement as indicated below.
    Although Application for Degree Conferral may be submitted until the end of the term, in order to ensure inclusion in the commencement program and to avoid a late application fee, Applications for Graduation must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    1. Spring graduate degree candidates must submit their application by April 1.
    2. Fall graduate degree candidates must submit their application by November 10.
    3. Summer graduate degree candidates: The application deadline to avoid the late application fee is July 1. For deadlines for commencement participation, see the appropriate paragraph immediately below:
      Summer Graduation - Master's and Specialist Degree Students: Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer, and who apply by April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral), are eligible to participate in Spring commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer and who apply after April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral) are only eligible to participate in Fall commencement.
      Summer Graduation - Doctoral Degree Students: Students who complete their degree requirements in summer may apply for summer or fall graduation (degree conferral), but they will only be eligible to participate in Fall commencement. Exceptions for summer doctoral candidates to participate in Spring commencement will only be made if the student applied for summer graduation by April 1 and has completed all degree requirements, including defense and final submission of the dissertation to the Graduate College, prior to the end of classes of the spring term.

7.    Attendance at commencement

The candidate for the Doctor of Education degree is expected to secure the appropriate academic regalia and appear at commencement for the awarding of the degree. The candidate is not eligible to participate in commencement before the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate College.

Doctor of Technology Degree

Students interested in the Doctor of  Technology degree must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Technology for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the program.

The University of Northern Iowa offers the Doctor of Technology degree to meet the increasing need for advanced degree work in this field. This may include technology, applied engineering, trade and industrial education, technical institute education, industrial training, and technology transfer. This research-oriented terminal degree program also includes the study of the technological systems used in industry and their effect on society and culture.

The Doctor of Technology degree is designed to develop scholars in the fields of education and industry. Programs emphasize the development of a thorough knowledge of

  1. technology as an intellectual discipline,

  2. the technological systems used in industry and their effect on people and the environment, and

  3. the potential and limitations of future developments in technological systems and their utilization in industry.

Program emphasis is on providing the intellectual tools necessary to pursue scholarly research and applied practices in the fields of applied engineering and technology. Efforts will be made to develop in each student the interest and desire required for a leadership role in improving educational and industrial programs and determining directions for future programs. The degree program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit completed beyond the master's degree.

Specific program requirements are listed within the Department of Technology in this catalog.

The Doctor of Technology degree program is intended to prepare graduates for one or more of the following professional careers:

  1. Faculty, supervisors, and consultants of applied engineering and/or technology, trade and industrial education, technical institute education and technology education in secondary

    schools, colleges and universities.

  2. Researchers and project coordinators, technology transfer specialists, technology forecasters and assessors of technology for industrial policy planning and decision making.

  3. Academic leaders (e.g., deans, department heads, or directors) of technology-oriented programs at post-secondary institutions.

  4. Researchers and research coordinators for education and industry in specific content fields of technology or engineering technology.

  5. Designers, coordinators and directors of industrial training or human resource programs, and related industrial applications.

Admission to Doctoral Study

Application for Admission

Individuals possessing the master's degree in Technology, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Technology Education, or a related technical program, from any accredited institution may apply for admission to the Doctor of Technology degree program.

Applicants in the final semester or summer session of work on the master's degree may submit application materials and be admitted on provisional degree status until the master's degree notification is received in the Office of Admissions.

Types of Admissions

Admission to the Doctor of Technology degree program may be granted on a degree status or provisional status basis.

  1. Degree Status Admission

    1. The applicant must hold a master's degree with an education or industry specialization in a content field in or related to industrial technology; the degree must have been granted by a nationally accredited institution or internationally reputable institution.

    2. Each applicant must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 on all prior graduate course work.

    3. The applicant must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have her/his percentile scores forwarded directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. The minimum GRE scores must rank as the 30th percentile in verbal, the 50th percentile in analytical writing, and the 50th percentile in quantitative sections for a full admission status.  The department will not be able to make an admission decision (degree status or provisional) until official GRE scores are on file.

    4. Three references from persons familiar with the academic and professional potential of the applicant must be submitted.

    5. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required from applicants whose first language is not English. The requirement to submit these scores may be waived only by the Graduate college through a direct request from a graduate program (not a 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.

    6. Each applicant is encouraged to have a minimum of two full years of professional-level educational or industrial experience in/or related to the major field of specialization. Individuals without this experience may be admitted to the D.T. program but appropriate professional experience must then be included in the degree. What constitutes appropriate professional experience will be determined by the student's faculty advisory committee and this requirement will be included in the student's degree requirements.

    7. All applications for admission will be reviewed by the Department of Technology Graduate Programs Committee. The committee may recommend degree status admission only if the candidate meets all the above requirements.

    8. Admission to D.T program is considered for Fall semesters only. There will be no admission considered for Spring semesters due to prerequisites and a smooth program flow of the courses.

  2. Provisional Degree Status

    1. Provisional degree status admission may be recommended if an applicant does not meet all the aforementioned requirements or if the committee believes further graduate course work or professional experience is desirable prior to an applicant's being approved for degree status admission. (See guidelines regarding provisional status.)

    2. Applicants admitted on provisional status must meet one or both of the following criteria before they may be reconsidered for degree status:

      1. completion of all deficiencies for admission to degree status.
      2. completion of a minimum 9 hours for a summer session or 12 hours during a spring or fall semester with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in course work recommended by the faculty advisor appointed by the department head. Course work completed while the individual is on provisional degree status admission may be applied toward degree requirements only if it is approved by the faculty advisory committee assigned to the student.

Faculty Advisory Committee

After admission has been granted, a faculty advisory committee will be appointed by the Graduate Dean in consultation with the Head of the Department of Technology. The student and the faculty advisor will be responsible for recommending members for appointment to the faculty advisory committee. The student should then specify in a letter to the Graduate Coordinator the rationale for each graduate faculty member recommended to serve on the committee. The committee will consist of three members from the Department of Technology and two members from outside the department, one of whom will be a representative of the Graduate College assigned by the Graduate Dean. Eligible committee members from within the Department of Technology will serve as chair and co-chair. The five committee members must be members of the University of Northern Iowa Graduate Faculty. An expansion of the committee may occur if a non-faculty person agrees to serve due to expertise or as a representative of an area of knowledge. Approval shall comprise a written petition submitted in the normal procedure. Non-faculty personnel will participate in all committee responsibilities except for signature decisions. Students must file a Committee Approval Form, available at www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation/thesis-dissertation-manual in the Graduate College to finalize the selection of advisory committee members. This advisory committee shall have the responsibility for the following:

  1. advise appropriate course work based on student competencies and dissertation research plans.

  2. preparation and evaluation of comprehensive written and oral examinations.

  3. determination of any remedial requirements after comprehensive written and oral examinations are completed.

  4. approval of publication requirement before allowing student to submit dissertation proposal.

  5. approval of dissertation proposal and supervision of dissertation effort.

  6. final approval of completed dissertation.

  7. preparation and evaluation of oral examination over dissertation.

  8. recommendation of candidate for degree.

All but one of the voting committee members must approve all actions of the committee.

Should it then be necessary to request changes in the composition of the committee, the graduate student must specify in a letter to the departmental Graduate Coordinator the rationale for the replacement. A disagreement in perspective, thought, or position may not be cause for replacement. Any faculty member choosing to resign from the committee must submit a letter of request to the departmental Graduate Coordinator.

Admission to Candidacy

  1. Students should identify D.T. advisory committee before the end of the first academic year.

  2. Students admitted to the program with provisions must remediate those provisions within their first year or by the end of their first year of study in the Department of Technology.

  3. Students who do not comply with (1) and (2) above are likely to be forfeiting their admission to the D.T. degree program.

  4. All course work in progress or completed prior to applying for admission to candidacy and program approval must be subsequently approved by the faculty advisory committee in order to be counted on a student's degree.

  5. Admission to candidacy will be recommended to the department head only after a formal interview of the student has been conducted by the faculty advisory committee.

  6. Any changes to be made in the planned course of study must be approved by the faculty advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate College or designee.

General Regulations

See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  1. Maximum academic load

    The maximum graduate student load during each semester of the academic year is 15 hours, and 12 hours for those with an assistantship; that permitted during the eight-week summer session is 9 hours and during the two-week post-session, 2 hours. See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  2. Credit from other institutions

    A student can apply toward the doctorate either transfer credit (a maximum of 12 hours) or credit from a second or third master’s degree (maximum of 6 hours), but not both or any combination of the two.

    1. Transfer credit

      Usually a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions may be applied toward meeting minimum credit hour requirements for the Doctor of Technology degree, subject to the transfer credit eligibility criteria and procedures under Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs. Hours that have been applied to meet the requirements of another degree cannot be transferred. The student's faculty advisory committee will make recommendations regarding the applicability of transfer credits prior to admission to D.T. degree program.

    2. Master’s degree credit

      A maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit applied to meet the requirements of a second or third master's degree may be applied toward the doctorate, subject to the Recency of Credit regulation. These hours must be approved by the Doctor of Technology Advisory Committee or the Graduate Program Committee.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Scholarship

    A cumulative grade index of 3.00 (B average) must be earned at the University of Northern Iowa in all courses attempted as a graduate student and a maximum of 6 hours of C credit (C-, C, C+) may be applied toward credit for graduation. See also the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs. No credit toward graduation will be allowed for courses in which the earned grade is below C.

  2. Credit hour requirements

    A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit must be completed beyond the master’s degree. At least 45 hours of these credits must be earned at the University of Northern Iowa.

    1. Level of courses

      A minimum of 38 hours must be in 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work. All 100(g)/5000 series courses available in the Department of Technology require research activities beyond those required for undergraduate students; and some courses require activities for doctoral students beyond those required of pre-doctoral students.

    2. Research credit

      Dissertation Research credit [TECH 7399 (330:399)] of 12 semester hours will be granted for the successful completion of the dissertation.

      Not more than 12 hours of research TECH 7399 (330:399) may be applied to the minimum requirements for the degree. Master’s-level Research courses 6299 (xxx:299) may not be applied to a doctoral degree. Directed Research 629R (xxx:29R) may be taken after all hours of TECH 7399 (330:399) have been registered for, but for no more than 12 hours total and for no more than 6 hours in a given term. 629R (xxx:29R) cannot be applied to the required minimum hours for the degree or the required minimum hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level for the degree.

    3. Time Limitation (Recency of credit)

      Courses taken more than seven years prior to the granting of the degree cannot be used to meet degree requirements. See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    4. Correspondence Credit (specified as Guided Independent Study at UNI)

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

    5. Workshop credit

      See the Common Regulations and Requirements for All Graduate Programs.

  3. Residence requirement

    The student must be enrolled in continuous, full-time study for one academic year. The student shall be enrolled for a minimum of 18 hours of credit which may be distributed across three semesters over two consecutive academic years. Persons serving as graduate assistants in the department will be considered full-time if they carry at least 9 hours per semester in addition to the assistantship. Dissertation research will not be used to satisfy the residence requirement.

  4. Examinations

    The following examinations are required of all students working toward the Doctor of Technology degree:

    1. D.T. comprehensive examination

      The comprehensive examination is intended to be an evaluation of the candidate's mastery of the entire planned program of study, including the tools of research. It is used to evaluate the candidate's mastery of the subject at or near the end of the program (but prior to initiating the research activity for the dissertation). It should be prepared, administered, and evaluated by the candidate's faculty advisory committee upon completion of all course work, excluding D.T. internship and the D.T. dissertation research work in the program. The written portion will consist of three 4-hour periods. The dates are scheduled for the ninth or tenth week of Fall/Spring semesters only. Upon satisfactory completion of the written portion, the faculty advisory committee will conduct the oral portion with the candidate present. The oral portion shall be opened to faculty who provided questions for the written portion. Successful completion of both the written and oral portions of the comprehensive examination are required. The comprehensive examination will be evaluated at a convened meeting of the faculty advisory committee and reported as satisfactory or unsatisfactory to the Graduate Dean via the Graduate Coordinator and Head, Department of Technology.

      In the event of a report with three or more votes of satisfactory with reservations in either portion, the exact stipulations of the committee should be recorded on the report form. The statement must specify the time allowed for satisfying the stipulations and must be specific in defining the area if further examination in a particular area is necessary, or in describing any additional courses, actions or procedures that are required. The examination cannot be deemed complete or reportable until such stipulations have been satisfied. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination will be reported if four of five committee members indicate a satisfactory report on both the written and the oral portions. In case of a report of unsatisfactory on a portion of the examination, a second examination must be administered in the next succeeding semester or summer session. A candidate will be permitted two opportunities to achieve a satisfactory report. A third opportunity will only be allowed with a special approval by the department head upon the recommendations of four of the five members of the faculty advisory committee. The candidate receiving an unsatisfactory report in the final opportunity by the convened faculty advisory committee will not be permitted to continue or complete the program of graduate studies, and upon submission of the report form to the Head, Department of Technology, and Graduate Dean via the Graduate Program Coordinator, the faculty advisory committee for this candidate will be dissolved.

      Post-comprehensive registration

      Doctoral students who have completed all of their program requirements except the dissertation, and who have passed their comprehensive examination must be continuously registered until the degree is completed. Students reaching this stage will be automatically registered and assessed a fee for TECH 7300 (330:300), the Post-Comprehensive course registration number. Doctoral students who have completed all course requirements for their program, but have not yet successfully completed the comprehensive examination, must be registered by the department for 629C (xxx:29C), Continuous Graduate Student, until they have met the enrollment criteria for TECH 7300 (330:300) DIT Post Comprehensive Registration.

    2. Dissertation Presentation Examination

      An oral dissertation presentation examination is required over the content and methodology used in conducting the research associated with the student's dissertation. This public presentation examination is conducted by the student's faculty advisory committee after the dissertation has been presented to the faculty advisory committee in final form.

  5. Publication

    Before being allowed to submit a dissertation proposal, the student must submit at least one scholarly paper for publication in a peer-reviewed conference proceedings, periodical, journal, or textbook within one of the professional fields related to technology/engineering technology. The faculty advisory committee shall determine when this requirement is met. Publication completed prior to admission to the program may be submitted for consideration.

  6. Dissertation

    A dissertation is required of all candidates for the Doctor of Technology degree. Students are encouraged to talk with their faculty advisory committee about the topic for their dissertation early in the program. The dissertation is to be prepared and submitted in accordance with the most current edition of the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual at www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation/thesis-dissertation-manual. This manual should be consulted prior to writing the dissertation.

    1. Dissertation Committee

      The Faculty Advisory Committee is the dissertation committee. See above under Faculty Advisory Committee for information about this committee.

    2. Credit hours

      The dissertation will involve 12 hours of credit in TECH 7399 (330:399). Students may register for the research credits after successful completion of the research methods courses noted in their doctoral program, but not more than 6 credits in a term. Registration for the last segment of research credit (for work on the dissertation) should be postponed until the dissertation is near completion. All dissertation research credit is recorded as RC (Research Continued) until the faculty advisory committee has conducted the final oral examination over the dissertation and given final approval for the dissertation. The Registrar may authorize the extension of time for completion of an RC (Research Continued) in research up to one additional calendar year with the consent of the instructor. If at the end of that time the work has not been completed, the RC will be changed to an F (Failure).

    3. Doctoral dissertation proposal

      The student, in conjunction with her/his advisor, will make arrangements to present the dissertation proposal to the Faculty Advisory Committee as a group. Formal work on the dissertation may not proceed without approval from the committee.

    4. Dissertation Preview

      During the semester in which the student intends to graduate, the student must make an appointment with the Graduate College for a dissertation preview to have the style and format of the dissertation reviewed. All problems may not be detected during the preview; however, the major difficulties will be discussed. Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems that are easily remedied at this stage. Academic departments must identify the students who should be scheduled for preview each semester. The    student must have an up-to-date advisement report and the Dissertation Committee approved by the Graduate Dean before a preview meeting will be scheduled. The preview must be scheduled and completed no later than eight weeks before the last day of the semester students intend to graduate. No dissertation will be accepted by the Graduate College for final approval without the completion of this preview.

    5. Oral Defense

      See 5b above (Examinations). Completion of the dissertation occurs when the student’s faculty advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate College have approved the dissertation. The dissertation must be in final copy form before doctoral committee members may affix their signatures for approval. The dissertation must be submitted in final form to the faculty advisory committee at least eleven weeks prior to graduation.

    6. Filing of Dissertation

      The student must present four unbound copies of the dissertation in final form, either originals or photocopies, to the Graduate College no later than six weeks before graduation. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in graduation. The requirements for the preparation and filing of the dissertation are set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Manual  www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation/thesis-dissertation-manual.

      Three of the final copies submitted to the Graduate College must be on white, acid free, 24-pound, 25 percent or 100 percent cotton paper. The student may purchase the approved paper at Copyworks or an office supply store. The fourth final copy may be on regular printer paper. Final copies must be clean and suitable for microfilming, with uniform darkness and a sharp imprint.

      When a dissertation is submitted to the Graduate College, dissertation fees will be put on the student's university bill (see Dissertation Fees below). Students will also indicate to the Graduate College the name and edition of the style manual used in preparing the dissertation. Consult the Thesis and Dissertation Manual http://www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation for the list of approved style manuals.

      In addition to the four copies required by the Graduate College, the department requires copies. Students should check with the department for the number of copies required.

    7. Filing of Abstract of Dissertation

      Three copies of an abstract of the dissertation must be filed in the Graduate College at the time of final deposit of the dissertation. Regulations for the dissertation also apply to the abstract. The abstract must not exceed 350 words in length. See the most current edition of Thesis and Dissertation Manual www.grad.uni.edu/thesis-dissertation/thesis-dissertation-manual for details.

    8. Publishing Agreement

      A Publishing Microfilm Agreement and Survey of Earned Doctorates must be completed and returned to the Graduate College with the final dissertation. The fourth final copy of the dissertation, which may be on regular printer paper, must accompany the publishing agreement.

      The University of Northern Iowa participates in a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and conducted by ProQuest Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, for digitization of doctoral dissertations. If the dissertation has been copyrighted, this information must be included on the university agreement form.

    9. Dissertation fees

      Several fees are required in connection with the dissertation and will be put on the student's university bill when the dissertation is submitted; these include:

      1. a binding fee for the library copies of the dissertation. If a student wishes to bind additional copies, individual arrangements with a binder must be made.

      2. a publishing fee to cover the cost of digitizing the dissertation and publishing the abstract.

      3. a copyright fee if the student wishes to have the dissertation copyrighted.

        Students should check with the Graduate College office for the amount of each of the above fees. 

  7. Application for graduation

    It is the student’s responsibility to make a timely application to graduate during the term the final degree requirements are completed. Application for graduation must be completed online through MyUNIverse Student Center.  Paper applications are no longer accepted.  A non-refundable graduation fee is charged each term a student applies to graduate.  To avoid paying a late application fee, an application to graduate must be submitted by November 10 for Fall terms, April 1 for Spring terms, or July 1 for Summer terms.  During the semesters, these dates ensure that students’ names can be included in the commencement publication.  After the deadline, but before the end of the term, students may still apply for degree conferral that term, but a substantial late application fee will be charged in addition to the normal graduation fee, and their names might not be included in the commencement publication.  Applications submitted after the end of the term will generally not be processed for degree conferral for the term just past.  Exceptions for post-term application will only be considered for unforeseen circumstances arising after the end of the term and require approval by the department and the Graduate College on a MyUNIverse student request.  If the department or Graduate College does not approve a post-term applicant, the student will need to apply for graduation the next term and pay the graduation fee, but will not have to pay a graduation fee for the late application.

    Graduate Student Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremony


    Graduate students may participate in commencement at the end of the Fall or Spring term that their final degree requirements are completed, or the next later term. There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer degree candidates may participate in Spring or Fall commencement as indicated below.
    Although Application for Degree Conferral may be submitted until the end of the term, in order to ensure inclusion in the commencement program and to avoid a late application fee, Applications for Graduation must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    1. Spring graduate degree candidates must submit their application by April 1.
    2. Fall graduate degree candidates must submit their application by November 10.
    3. Summer graduate degree candidates: The application deadline to avoid the late application fee is July 1. For deadlines for commencement participation, see the appropriate paragraph immediately below:
      Summer Graduation - Master's and Specialist Degree Students: Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer, and who apply by April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral), are eligible to participate in Spring commencement. Students who will complete their degree requirements in summer and who apply after April 1 for summer graduation (degree conferral) are only eligible to participate in Fall commencement.
      Summer Graduation - Doctoral Degree Students: Students who complete their degree requirements in summer may apply for summer or fall graduation (degree conferral), but they will only be eligible to participate in Fall commencement. Exceptions for summer doctoral candidates to participate in Spring commencement will only be made if the student applied for summer graduation by April 1 and has completed all degree requirements, including defense and final submission of the dissertation to the Graduate College, prior to the end of classes of the spring term.

8.    Attendance at commencement

The candidate for the Doctor of Technology degree is expected to secure the appropriate academic regalia and appear at commencement for the awarding of the degree. The candidate is not eligible to participate in commencement before the final dissertation is submitted to the Graduate College.