Master of Business Administration (MBA)

UIU recognized for offering 'Top Online MBA Program' in Iowa

Why study Master of Business Administration? 

The MBA is a forward-thinking curriculum providing students a perspective in leadership, functional department integration, ethical management and risk assessment. The program provides learners the opportunity to examine ethical and managerial issues in a respected educational environment supporting life-long learning.


The curriculum for the Master of Business Administration degree consists of 36 semester credits of graduate level course work, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completion. Three semester credit hours taken per session are considered full-time enrollment. 

Complete course description and degree requirements are available in the current Academic Catalog.

Upper Iowa University's MBA program is divided into three areas of concentration:

The Core is completed by each MBA student.  The curriculum consists of a forward-thinking academic program that develops comprehension and competence in financial risk, economics and change, innovation through sustainability, current legal implications, and product improvement and market analysis.  Students apply business theories and practices across all functional areas of an organization.  Many courses include teamwork among students in preparation for entering the corporate world, a skill sought by many organizations.

Each student chooses one of five areas of emphases:

Competencies in the specific emphasis areas are developed using a curriculum that combines theory and application; giving the learner the knowledge and skills to assess business practices against theories and models, understand the creation of customer value, and assess the impact of economic systems and regulations on functional responsibilities while developing leadership roles for a sustainable business.

The Research Seminar is a capstone experience. The learner prepares a researched report, demonstrating the integration of knowledge and skills learned in the emphasis and throughout the program.

What students are saying:

"I started my MBA while living in Belfast Northern Ireland. With my passion for travel and a flexible asynchronous class schedule, Upper Iowa University has made this journey possible with astute faculty and support." - Fiona, a current student

Upper Iowa is a nationally recognized university serving over 4,500 degree-seeking students from around the world.

  • Faculty with real work experience
  • No on-campus residency
  • Six convenient start dates throughout the year
  • Flexible schedule for accelerated degree completion
  • Online courses allow you to attend class anytime during the day or night
  • Evening courses offered at select locations
  • Potential transfer of ACE recommendation coursework
  • Five 8-week sessions and an accelerated, 6-week summer session

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered at the following Upper Iowa University locations:

MBA Course Schedules:


Baton Rouge
Cedar Rapids

Des Moines
Online Program
Quad Cities