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March 22, 2011

UI offers new online business degree for students across Iowa

The University of Iowa will offer a new online program next fall that offers a bachelor's degree in business management to students across the state who are unable to attend classes in Iowa City.

William C. (Curt) Hunter, dean of the Tippie College of Business, said the new Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree is a great opportunity for those who wish to advance their careers but cannot re-locate due to family or career commitments.

"We are proud to offer a successful nationally-acclaimed degree currently offered on our UI campus to those across the state who may not be able re-locate to Iowa City for a variety of reasons," Hunter said. "This is a great example of outreach to parts of the state where we continue to look for ways to provide entrepreneurial and enrichment opportunities to the workforce."

The new UI online BBA in management, with a concentration in entrepreneurial management, will provide students with a dynamic curriculum, taught online by faculty who have designed courses to meet the needs of traditional students and working professionals. Students will learn from UI professors who incorporate streaming video lectures with fully interactive and real-time class meetings.

"The students in this new online BBA will develop entrepreneurial-minded leadership skills, innovative management tools, strategic problem-solving expertise and business planning skills, that will prepare them for a variety of careers," said David Hensley, executive director of UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Programs.

Hensley added that the program was created to meet the needs of Iowans who wish to continue their education from home.

"We have outstanding partnerships with the community colleges across the state, and the UI BBA allows students who have graduated with an associate degree from one of these great schools, to earn their undergraduate degree from the UI while working, caring for their family and living in Mason City, for example," Hensley said.

Lon Moeller, professor and associate dean of the Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Program, said that the creation of this online degree is in keeping with the UI's new strategic plan.

"It is important for the UI to educate place-bound Iowans as an important part of the university's commitment to civic engagement," Moeller said, adding the UI is the first Iowa Regents institution to offer such a degree. "What is unique about this program is that it will be interactive and the courses will be taught by Iowa faculty who teach these same courses on campus."

U.S.News & World Report recognizes the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business among the top 25 business programs at public universities in the country.

The degree is offered by the Tippie College of Business with administrative support from the UI Division of Continuing Education.

The registration deadline is July 1. For more information or to apply, visit

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