UNI offers new 4+1 graduate program – Northern Iowan

Programs in communication and media, history and sports training to enable undergraduate students to enroll in master’s level courses and complete both degrees in five years

UNI will offer an exciting new opportunity for high-achieving students early this fall. The Communication and Media, History, and Sports Training programs will offer a 4+1 graduate program that allows undergraduate students to enroll in MA-level courses and complete both degrees in five (rather than six) years.

The process of creating this new program began last year and went through various committees in the fall. It was quickly approved and the process of recruiting eligible students was to begin this spring.

Charles Kyle Rudick Ph.D is Director of the Graduate Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Northern Iowa. Rudick expects students to feel excited and perhaps a little overwhelmed by this opportunity that presents itself so quickly. However, once this opportunity becomes better known to students, he thinks it is something that will get them excited.

“I think as things move forward, we are able to communicate more regularly with students about what the program is, what it offers and how it can connect people to their career ambitions. after graduation,” Rudick said. “I think what we’re going to see is a lot of students are really excited about it.”

As the news spreads around campus, young students think about the next chapters in their lives and what this 4+1 program could offer for their future. Zoey Hutton, a second-year public relations student, said: “I never really thought about getting my master’s degree, but I’m definitely more interested in the idea now that this new 4+1 program exists. “

One of the major benefits of an undergraduate student pursuing the 4+1 program is the use of undergraduate scholarships, grants, and financial aid to cover the first year of graduate school. The second year allows a student to be awarded up to $2,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of the second year. If a student is taking the two-year program, assistantship opportunities and scholarships are offered. Assistantship assignments are basically work/study programs available to students to help with costs.

UNI offers different ways to achieve the same result for students. In this case, it is a master’s degree at an affordable cost. Rudick said, “We want to make sure that students, no matter which program they choose, get the most affordable Masters education we can offer them.

Rudick noted that the history and athletics programs might approach their program differently than he does with communication and media. Even with different approaches, all program directors are aware that this is an additional opportunity with the same rigor that a traditional two-year master’s program offers.

This new program will serve as a recruiting tool to help increase student enrollment. Furthermore, its aim is to meet the needs and provide a unique opportunity created for academically gifted/high-achieving students seeking a stimulating academic climate. This rigorous program and workload is not intended for all students.

One concern about offering this new 4+1 graduate program is that it may appear that UNI is using it as a means of awarding degrees. Rudick wants the public to understand that graduation is not what this program does. “We want to make it clear to students, to employers reviewing our credentials, and to members of the community that that’s not what we’re doing here. »

He continued: “We reserve this for a very specific type of student who is very academically gifted, excelling in their programs and looking for that next level of challenge. We can offer that here.

Ryan H. Bowman