At Upper Iowa University the Master of Business Administration program offers learners a contemporary curriculum in relevant theory, application through critical analysis and a program that can adapt to an ever changing business environment. The MBA curriculum embraces the Mission and Vision of Upper Iowa University delivering education that is accessible and based on respect, encouragement and diversity, as well as development of leaders supporting their community and valuing life-long learning.
The MBA prepares students for leadership and management through the examination of business theories and models, functional department integration, ethical management and risk assessment.
MBA Program Objectives
- To explain contemporary fiscal responsibility, apply financial theories and assess and manage risk in company's operation in a competitive environment.
- To integrate corporate entrepreneurial practices encouraging continual change, process improvement and development of leaders in the corporation.
- To compare and contrast business theories with real practice to identify opportunities and threats faced by organizations.
- To explain the ethical beliefs and responsibilities of individuals and corporations to stakeholders.
- To analyze the implications of regulatory and legal issues for corporations competing in the current economic environment.
- To develop proposals to identify and resolve problems, create change, or develop recommendations using analytical tools for business decision making.
- To identify the effect of social, economic and political changes on corporate strategy.
- To explain the interdependence of corporate functional responsibilities.
- To evaluate effective business and management practices of corporations competing in the global economy.
What are management occupations?
Earning a MBA from UIU affords learners the opportunity to apply theories to real business issues, evaluate the competitive environment, practice leadership roles and analyze information and data to develop proposals and recommendations. Management positions are needed in virtually every industry including finance, operations, marketing, sales, government, logistics, information technology, consulting, health care, etc. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified several specific areas of management. This is not a complete list of opportunities for graduates with a MBA degree:
- Advertising, promotions and marketing managers
- Computer and information systems managers
- Construction managers
- Farm and ranch agricultural managers
- Financial managers
- Food service managers
- Industrial production managers
- Medical and health services managers
- Public relations managers
- Sales managers
- Social and community service managers
MBA Degree Requirements
Applying for Admission
To qualify for admission to the Upper Iowa University Graduate Program, the student must meet the requirements listed in this section. The graduate academic advisor will evaluate prior educational experience and grades to determine admission to Upper Iowa University's Graduate Program. The student will be notified in writing of the approval or denial of admission.
Check with your program staff to determine whether graduate degrees are offered with your learning experience.
MBA, M.Ed., MHEA, MPA Admission Requirements:
- Complete the Application
- Writing Sample – Each candidate will be required to submit
- a written response to the required essay.
- Two letters of reference.
- Undergraduate GPA or GRE/GMAT score
MBA Foundational Requirements
To be unconditionally accepted into the MBA program a learner must hold a BS or BA in a business discipline or be able to demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and achievement in: accounting, business, economics, finance, global business, management, and marketing. Knowledge maybe determined through a competency based evaluation or by completing undergraduate or graduate courses.
Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree in a business related field are required to demonstrate a basic level of knowledge in accounting, finance, management, global business and economics by completing undergraduate courses, competency based examination/portfolio review, or MBA Bridge Courses as follows:
- MBA 491 Fundamentals of Accounting/Finance
- MBA 492 Fundamentals of Management and Leadership
- MBA 493 Economics for Managers
Students must complete all foundational requirements before taking more than six semester credits of graduate level courses.
To receive the Master of Business Administration degree, the student must successfully complete 36 semester credits of graduate work, including a final research project, and earn a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
A graduate student will have five years after initial enrollment in the first of either a foundational or graduate level course to complete the graduate program under the requirements in effect at the time of enrollment. If program requirements change, the student can elect to complete the revised curriculum or to complete under the original curriculum.
If the student does not complete the graduate degree program within the five-year period, the requirements in effect at the time of the next enrollment will be used to determine the student's graduation requirements.
Upper Iowa University reserves the right to make changes in its academic regulations and requirements when, in its judgment, the best interests of the institution are served.
Complete information is available in the catalog.
The MBA Curriculum
- MBA 501 Managerial Communication
- BA 504 Marketing and Product Management
- BA 506 Organizational Strategy and Economic Change
- BA 508 Contemporary Issue in Corporate Law and Ethics
- BA 511 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
- BA 513 Financial Management
- Capstone BA 590 Research Seminar
Total 21 credits
Emphasis (15 credit hours) - the learner chooses one of five emphases, completing the required courses.
Corporate Financial Management
Human Resource Management (SHRM reviewed; aligns with HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates)
Research Seminar (3 credit hours) - completed by every MBA learner
The Research Seminar course provides a capstone experience. The learner prepares a researched report demonstrating the integration of knowledge and skills learned in the emphasis and throughout the program.
A graduate learner has five years after initial enrollment, in the first of either a foundational or graduate level course, to complete the graduate program under the requirements in effect at the time of enrollment and outlined in the degree plan. If the learner does not complete the graduate degree program within the five-year period, the requirements in effect at the time of the next enrollment will be used to determine the learner's graduation requirements. Upper Iowa University reserves the right to make changes in its academic regulations and requirements when, in its judgment, the best interests of the institution are served.
Earning an MBA from Upper Iowa University provides graduates with current theories, concepts and learning models necessary to assume leadership roles in today's organizations. The program is designed to position graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations as competent leaders.