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UI offers Evening MBA courses in Des Moines and Newton

NEWTON, Iowa -- Working business professionals in Des Moines/Newton area can pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Iowa College of Business Administration, choosing from evening and weekend classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 19.

For the first time, the UI's Evening MBA program is also offering classes in Des Moines this semester, extending the program from its Newton Center. Courses in corporate financial reporting and corporate finance will be held at the W.A. Krause Center for Entrepreneurial Education at 6100 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

This spring the UI Evening MBA program adds a distinguished new faculty member -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. After he leaves office in January, Branstad will team teach a class in public sector management with professor Tim Judge from Feb. 18 to May 13 at UI's MBA classroom on the Newton Polytechnic campus of the Des Moines Area Community College.

Branstad will travel to the Pappajohn Business Administration Building in Iowa City and Newton on alternating weeks, with the class being broadcast via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to the site where he is not teaching in person.

Additional classes at Newton include managerial finance, human resource management, ethics, international economic environment of the firm, operations management, strategic management and business policy, and sales management.

"Our curriculum is designed for college graduates who want to upgrade their skills for a professional career in business or the public sector," said Colleen Downie, director of the Evening MBA Program. "Students come to the program from a variety of backgrounds, majors, and professional experience and really thrive on the high-quality educational experience our faculty provide."

To earn a degree, students must be admitted to the program and complete a total of 45 credit hours. Students who are admitted to the MBA program have registration priority. Slots are available for non-admitted students who want to take classes in the spring semester prior to formal admission.

Tuition and fees are $765 for a three-credit-hour course. A deferred payment plan and financial aid are available.

Registration for the Des Moines MBA classes is now under way via the Internet, or by phone, fax or mail. For more information, contact the UI School of Management, at 1-877-EVE-MBAS (1-877-383-6227) or email: Course and registration information is also available on the program's website at