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Why choose UIU

Investing in yourself to complete a college degree will have a significant impact on your life.  At Upper Iowa University, we offer a highly ranked online program that lets you complete your four-year degree quickly so you can reap the benefits:

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing educational excellence and leadership development to about 4,500 students – at our traditional campus in Fayette, Iowa; through our various online degree programs; at our off-campus learning centers throughout the U.S.; and via our self-paced degree program.

Nationally regarded distance learning programs

  • Online degrees with five 8-week sessions and one accelerated 6-week summer session
  • Academically qualified faculty with practitioner experience
  • No on campus residency
  • Flexible schedule for faster degree completion
  • Maximum transfer of credits; military, ACE, CLEP, DSST, and experiential learning

The Self-Paced Degree Program involves individual teaching of a student by an instructor on a one-to-one basis. The program, offered in both paper and web-based formats, is modeled after correspondence learning and is designed to be as flexible as possible. Classes start on the first day of each month, and students have six months to complete each course.

For those who prefer interaction with other students, the Online Degree Program enables completion of courses in a virtual classroom environment. You can log on to your course at any time. Students can begin classes in any one of the six sessions offered each year.

Receive UIU college credit for your Fire Science and EMS training

Through our experiential learning program you may be eligible to receive up to 30 college credits for your fire science training.

Bob Herdt, Battalion Chief

The decision to pursue an education later in life is not always an easy one to make. As a Career Firefighter, our work schedule is somewhat different than the rest of the workforce, so a “traditional” degree program tailored to a working parent didn’t quite fit either.

What I found and truly appreciated with the Self-Paced Degree Program from Upper Iowa University was the flexibility in which to pursue my studies. I was able to begin and complete each class within a reasonable timeframe tailored to my needs, I was not bound to a set semester to begin and complete each class. UIU also recognized and awarded credit for previous training hours that Firefighters complete throughout their careers.

If you are motivated and serious about furthering your education, I would encourage you to consider the Self-Paced Degree Program from Upper Iowa University, you can do this!

Degree for your career

  • B.S. in Public Administration with a Fire Science emphasis
  • B.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an Emergency Management and Homeland Security emphasis
  • and several more programs…


First-time, transfer, online, international and military students: No matter your path or previous experience, we’ll help you every step of the way.