Application Information & Forms

  1. Applications for admission to the program are accepted at any time. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for regular admission.
  2. Under special circumstances, a student with less than a 3.0 may be admitted provisionally, but they must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in their first semester to remain in the program. 
  3. Graduate assistantships are awarded to the best qualified applicants on a competitive basis. Assistantship awards consist of two parts: a stipend earned by working as a research assistant for a faculty member; and a full tuition scholarship. These may be awarded together or separately. 
  4. Applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship for the fall semester must submit their completed application by February 15 of each year. 
  5. Students may begin the program in the fall or in the spring semester. However, assistantships are generally awarded on an academic year basis only. Students may enroll in the spring semester and be considered for an assistantship for the following fall. 

Applying by Mail:

To request that a complete packet of application materials be sent to you, please mail, phone or email:

Women’s & Gender Studies
University of Northern Iowa
225 Sabin Hall 
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0509
Telephone: 319-273-7102
E-mail: wgs@uni.edu 

Applying Electronically:
(U.S. citizens)

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you wish to submit your application electronically, you must follow these steps:

1.  Print the checklist, which can be found by clicking on:   Checklist for Completing Your Application (Domestic).

 2.  Complete the Women's & Gender Studies Program Entrance Form.

 3.  Complete the UNI Graduate Application Form (required of all applicants to any graduate program at UNI.) Please note that you can submit this form electronically, but if you are not a UNI undergraduate, you will also need to mail in a $50 application fee.)

 4.  If you are applying for an assistantship, complete the application forms for Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships.  Please note that these forms can be downloaded, but they must be submitted by mail.

 5.  To be official, the transcripts must be mailed DIRECTLY to UNI by the issuing institution. If YOU mail the transcripts, even in sealed envelopes stamped by the school, they will NOT be considered official. Faxes, sealed copies of personal, or "issued to student" transcripts are also considered unofficial and will not be used to evaluate your transfer work. Request that official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended be sent directly from these institutions to:  Office of the Registrar, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa  50614-0006.

*Please note that transcripts sent to the Women's & Gender Studies office or submitted by the student will not be accepted.

6.  Request that two confidential letters of reference be sent to:

Women’s & Gender Studies
University of Northern Iowa
225 Sabin Hall 
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0509
Telephone: 319-273-7102
Email: wgs@uni.edu

7.  Submit a Statement of Purpose and a Writing Sample.

Applying Electronically:
(International Students)

International Application for Admission to Graduate Study is available for students to complete and submit electronically: http://access.uni.edu/stdt/internat_instr.htm

Checklist for Completing Your International Application

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail them to wgs@uni.edu.

Application Fee:

Starting, Monday, October 14, 2002, students who complete the electronic domestic Application for Admission to Graduate Study have the option of paying the application fee by credit card or by check.

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