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Entirely Online | 37 Credits | 2 Years
  • Designed for working professionals - study with the same group of professionals through our cohort structure and complete the program in two years, including summers
  • Professional, applied degree designed to enhance the skills needed for success in the increasingly-complex public policy arena
  • Explore the political and social aspects of public policy as well as methods for policy analysis

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Chris Larimer   

Program Coordinator

Professor, Political Science

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Linda Loy

Enrollment Contact

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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online using dynamic platforms including Zoom video conferencing and Blackboard, enhancing your learning experience and community with peers.

  • Classes meet on Tuesday evenings.
  • Fall & spring courses are taught in eight-week modules. Summer courses are six weeks in length.
  • A brief orientation will be scheduled on the UNI campus, but a virtual option is available.
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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Value accountability and transparency as integral to responsible stewardship of the public trust
  • Assess the ethical implications of policy decisions and incorporate considerations into their professional work
  • Differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate respect, equity and fairness with fellow public servants and a diverse citizenry
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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To be admitted, students must have:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 (GPAs of 2.75+ may be considered for provisional admission)
  • Along with the application, students should have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions


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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

If you have any questions, contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance!

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The Master of Public Policy program is delivered through the Department of Political Science. Learn more about the department, faculty, and program offerings.

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.