Program Overview

Union Institute & University (UIU) knows the importance of students being able to “integrate [their] life with [their] learning.” The university works to provide a lot of individualization to their programming, as exemplified through their graduate level programs. In these programs, students learn foundational skills and then apply them to topics of their choosing. One of these advanced degree programs is the school’s Master of Arts in Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues (LPPSI).

The LPPSI program addresses pressing problems and issues facing social institutions. Through the coursework and independent research, students enhance their understanding of the degree’s related disciplines. Courses help students to develop a solid foundational knowledge in theory and research methods in such areas as policy analysis, decision making, and effective leadership. The degree is a perfect segue into promotions and advancement in a variety of career sectors, including public policy, public administration management, international management, and more.

The culminating project is a research paper on a topic of the student’s choosing. The flexibility of choice in this thesis portion of the degree program ensures that what students are learning meets their professional and personal interests and needs. Recent graduates have researched topics like Health Policy, Servant Leadership, and Environmental Policies.

Students must complete 36 credits to earn their degree. Of those 36 credits, 12 are degree core courses (Elements of Scholarship, Research Methods, and Disciplinary Foundations), 12 are comprised of thesis-related courses, and 12 are of application and field study courses. All degree requirements can be completed online.

The only degree prerequisite is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher-education institution. Persons interested in learning more about UIU and/or the program are encouraged to contact program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Union Institute & University is a private non-profit institution that was founded in 1964. The main campus of UI&U is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other campus locations are in Brattleboro, Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont, Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, California, and North Miami Beach, Florida. Union was founded when a group of liberal arts colleges joined to form a consortium of institutions that were experimenting with alternative education in the 1960s, known as The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education. In 2001, The Union Institute became Union Institute and University after having added a graduate school and developed programs for non-traditional students.

    Union offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and students have a choice to participate in these programs through online courses, hybrid programs, or face-to-face instruction.


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