Getting Started

NOTE: Applications for the online MA degree option for postsecondary education: student affairs are currently on hold. For more information on this option, go to UNI Online & Distance Education.

For the on-campus program, the priority application date for Fall 2022 admission is January 15, 2022.  However, applications are still being accepted after the deadline.  We encourage you to submit materials as they are complete.

Admission to the postsecondary education: student affairs program is based on the following requirements:

  • A completed Application to Graduate Study
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • An official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate credit (mailed by Registrar's Office to UNI's Admissions Office)
  • To be unconditionally admitted, a new student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours.  This is important due to the requirement from the Graduate College to have a 3.0 GPA to attain a Graduate Assistantship.  However, you can be conditionally admitted with less than a 3.0 GPA.  You must then achieve a 3.0 GPA in your first 8 hours to continue in the program.
  • A two-page essay in which you discuss your motivation to join the Student Affairs profession. You may want to describe how your life has been impacted by interaction with a student life professional, or you may want to relate a story about an experience that drew you to working in this field (PDF)
  • Three letters of recommendation written by persons familiar with your academic ability and potential for student affairs work (you will enter their information in the application, and they will receive a link to complete the online form and attach a letter)
  • A current resume (PDF) 
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve a Duolingo score of 105 or complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language Examination (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 79 on the online version or 550 on the paper version

Note: GRE is not required for admission to the master's degree program.

Meeting with program faculty through either a Preview Day or individual Zoom meeting is strongly encouraged.

To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted online; however, they can also be sent to