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Entirely Online | 30 Credits | 2 Years
  • Develop lasting connections while you study with the same group of peers through our cohort model 
  • Flexible, online part-time program designed for working professionals
  • Competency-based curriculum ensures a deep understanding of the student affairs profession
  • Build a professional network with community and institutional partners for mentorship and support
  • Focus on enhancing skills needed in residence life, student activities, career services, admissions, financial aid and multicultural student affairs careers

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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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David 'Schmiddy' Schmid

Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Foundations, & Leadership Studies

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Janelle Finke

Enrollment Contact

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Exhibit strong written communication, oral communication and research analysis skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge in each of the 10 competency areas:
    • Personal and Ethical Foundations
    • Values, Philosophy and History
    • Assessment, Evaluation and Research
    • Law, Policy and Governance
    • Organizational and Human Resources
    • Leadership
    • Social Justice and Inclusion
    • Student Learning and Development
    • Technology
    • Advising and Support
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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online using a combination of Zoom video conferencing on select evenings and Blackboard, a learning management system. Our team of support specialists is available to provide technical assistance and resources. Throughout the course sequence, you'll explore topics such as: the philosophies and history of student affairs, college student development, research and assessment in the field, social justice and inclusion, higher education law, leading, and advising.

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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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Next Steps

Express Interest

Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information and application deadlines directly to your inbox!

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Prepare to Apply

When the application opens, students must have the following to be admitted:

  • 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. Be sure to express your interest to be notified when the application opens.

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

Contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance.

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

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