This master's degree program is designed for anyone interested in furthering their education about public policy. Utilize your talents to improve your community, state, nation and the world. Discover the tools you need to assume effective and meaningful positions with public or nonprofit organizations that serve the community.
Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2021 cohort. Applications received by April 15, 2021 will receive full consideration.
Designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers
Courses in this program are offered using a combination of Zoom, an interactive video conferencing system, on Tuesday evenings and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters are taught in eight-week modules and summer courses will be six weeks in length. This program includes a brief orientation to the program and is scheduled on the UNI campus; date TBA. Individual arrangements may be made for out-of-state students.
While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed. For your convenience, you will have access to the UNI Rod Library.
The mission of the University of Northern Iowa’s Master of Public Policy program is to enhance the public service values of emerging and mid-career public service professionals by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze, develop, and evaluate public policy at all levels of government. We expect our graduates to: value accountability and transparency as integral to responsible stewardship of the public trust; be able to assess the ethical implications of policy decisions and incorporate those considerations into their professional work; be able to differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness in evaluating policy alternatives; and demonstrate respect, equity and fairness in their dealings with fellow public servants and a diverse citizenry.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
On-campus introductory session for August 2021 to be determined
Topic: Climate Action Planning
Topic: Race and Public Policy
For students with sufficient public policy work experience, internship may be waived.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $509 per unit of graduate credit or $320 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or email@example.com
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations.
Please complete the online interest form on the right to express your interest in joining a future cohort leading to a Master of Public Policy. The next cohort is scheduled to begin August 2021. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines.
Step two: Apply for admission
We are accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort. Please submit your application by April 15, 2021 for full consideration.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact the IT Help Desk at email@example.com or 319-273-5555 and have them reset your password.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
Additional application materials:
Required application materials can be attached (in .pdf format) to the application at the time of or after submission or sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Office of AdmissionsUniversity of Northern Iowa002 Gilchrist HallCedar Falls, IA firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect
When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and transcripts to the Department of Political Science for review.
The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will receive information about how to enroll in the first set of courses.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.