Two UNI master’s programs expand access with early enrollment slated for Fall 2024

Two UNI master’s programs expand access with early enrollment slated for Fall 2024

Program meeting and discussion: join us in Des Moines to learn more about our Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development degrees. Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. Reception begins at 4:30 p.m. Location: DMACC Urban Campus. Both programs delivered entirely online.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is now accepting applications for two entirely online graduate programs, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development. Both programs provide an opportunity for working professionals who are interested in advancing in the field of public policy, affairs and administration and/or the fund-raising, philanthropy and nonprofit sectors.

As the only NASPAA-accredited program in Iowa, the MPP program emphasizes skills needed for working in the public sector with multiple opportunities for interactions with practitioners around the state. Taught by highly qualified faculty with outstanding research records and expertise, the program also focuses on experiential learning and building practical skills necessary for analyzing, developing, and implementing public policy and affairs at all levels of government. MPP was recently recognized as one of the Best Public Affairs Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

“As the public policy arena becomes more complex, we understand there is a need in our state for the skills built in the MPP and want to be sure to offer the opportunity for students to enter the program each year.” states Chris Larimer, MPP program coordinator and professor, “The MPP degree uniquely positions our graduates for success within a variety of roles in government and policy, and we are excited to help interested students reach their career goals sooner.”

UNI’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA degree is designed for professionals currently employed in philanthropy and nonprofit settings. The program provides students with a deep understanding of ethical policy and legal issues as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development. Students can also earn their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential, nationally recognized and designed specifically to prepare students for nonprofit leadership.

Traditionally, both the MPP and Philanthropy programs have operated on a cohort-model – where students enroll every two years and study with the same group of learners throughout the duration of the program. To expand access to these high-demand programs, the university has changed its practice to allow students to begin their coursework every fall and not have to wait.

Individuals interested in either program can learn more about the programs at an upcoming informational meeting led by UNI MPP and Philanthropy MA faculty on Wednesday, May 15 on the UNI-DMACC Urban campus in downtown Des Moines. The event begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 5 p.m. 

To register for the informational meeting or learn more about the program and application process, visit: