CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
UI MBA program now enrolling business professionals at off-campus
site in Muscatine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Business Administration
is now enrolling eastern Iowa business professionals in its new master
of business administration (MBA) program in Muscatine.
With the Muscatine Manager's MBA Program, the UI is starting a new off-campus
MBA program at a classroom located at HON Industries. Starting in January
1999 the 28-month program is designed for working business people who,
with the support of their companies, want to earn an advanced degree while
continuing their employment. The new program is designed for managers and
key personnel who are currently working in the Muscatine area. The curriculum
is organized so students advance together as a group. This facilitates
the effective use of study groups as an integral part of the program and
creates a more stimulating learning environment.
HON and Bandag Inc. employees are expected to constitute most of the
program participants, but space is still available in this limited-size
To enroll, individuals should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited
institution, significant professional experience, and be recommended by
a sponsoring company. They also must submit records including previous
academic performance and scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT). Qualified applicants will be interviewed as part of the final
John Spitzer, clinical professor of finance and director of the Muscatine
program, says the new program will benefit business professionals, who
will earn a high quality MBA education, and benefit area businesses, who
will have better trained employees. College of Business Administration
faculty will also be able to apply their knowledge in a "real-world"
"We think this is an exciting opportunity for everybody involved,"
Spitzer said. "Providing a high-quality, cost-effective education
to as many people in the state as we can is an important goal of the UI
College of Business Administration. Business leaders in Muscatine have
asked if we can provide a program in their area, and we are thrilled that
we finally have the kind of program in place that will serve them well."
Students in the program will take a 28-month sequence of courses, meeting
one day every two weeks, as a class. The curriculum includes a core set
of courses covering finance, accounting, management, marketing and production
as well as a series of electives. Students will meet in assigned study
groups during the week and use e-mail, the World Wide Web, and other computer
technology to keep in contact with each other and with faculty.
Courses will be taught by full-time faculty of the UI College of Business
Administration, who will travel to Muscatine to lead classes. During the
first week of each academic year, students will meet for a week of classes
in Iowa City. Cost of the program is about $3,400 per semester.
The MBA program is coordinated through the UI School of Management,
which is ranked among the top 50 programs in the country, according to
Business Week magazine.
In addition to its full-time, on-campus MBA, the college currently operates
an Evening MBA program offered at off-campus sites in Newton, the Quad
Cities and Cedar Rapids. The college also offers an Executive MBA course
designed for management-level professionals to earn a graduate degree in
two years by attending classes on campus on alternating Fridays and Saturdays
during the school year.
For more information, contact the UI School of Management, C140 Pappajohn
Business Administration Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
52242; phone: (319) 335-1039; email: IOWAMBA@uiowa.edu.