At Upper Iowa University the Master of Business Administration program offers learners a contemporary curriculum in relevant theory, application through critical analysis and a program that can adapt to an ever changing business environment. The MBA curriculum embraces the Mission and Vision of Upper Iowa University delivering education that is accessible and based on respect, encouragement and diversity, as well as development of leaders supporting their community and valuing life-long learning.
The MBA prepares students for leadership and management through the examination of business theories and models, functional department integration, ethical management and risk assessment.
MBA Program Objectives
- To explain contemporary fiscal responsibility, apply financial theories and assess and manage risk in company's operation in a competitive environment.
- To integrate corporate entrepreneurial practices encouraging continual change, process improvement and development of leaders in the corporation.
- To compare and contrast business theories with real practice to identify opportunities and threats faced by organizations.
- To explain the ethical beliefs and responsibilities of individuals and corporations to stakeholders.
- To analyze the implications of regulatory and legal issues for corporations competing in the current economic environment.
- To develop proposals to identify and resolve problems, create change, or develop recommendations using analytical tools for business decision making.
- To identify the effect of social, economic and political changes on corporate strategy.
- To explain the interdependence of corporate functional responsibilities.
- To evaluate effective business and management practices of corporations competing in the global economy.
What are management occupations?
Earning a MBA from UIU affords learners the opportunity to apply theories to real business issues, evaluate the competitive environment, practice leadership roles and analyze information and data to develop proposals and recommendations. Management positions are needed in virtually every industry including finance, operations, marketing, sales, government, logistics, information technology, consulting, health care, etc. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified several specific areas of management. This is not a complete list of opportunities for graduates with a MBA degree:
- Advertising, promotions and marketing managers
- Computer and information systems managers
- Construction managers
- Farm and ranch agricultural managers
- Financial managers
- Food service managers
- Industrial production managers
- Medical and health services managers
- Public relations managers
- Sales managers
- Social and community service managers
MBA Degree Requirements
Admission to the program
To be admitted into the graduate MBA program, learners must complete the application [ link to the application], submit official transcripts and have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate coursework or earned a GPA of 3.0 on the most recent 60 semester credits of undergraduate work. The learner may be admitted to the program completing the GMAT with a score of 550 or better.
Undergraduate foundational requirements
Learners need to be able to demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and achievement in the following areas:
- Accounting principles I and II
- Marketing principles
- Management principles
- Business law
- Corporate financial management and
- Elementary statistics or advanced math
The knowledge and achievement of the requirements can be demonstrated through successful completion (grade C- or higher) of equivalent undergraduate courses completed at UIU or as transfer credit, successful completion of CLEP/DSST/Excelsior College and/or ACT-PEP testing.
The MBA Degree at UIU is 36 credit hours (12 – 3 credit hour courses) of graduate level course work. Learners must have earned a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completion. At UIU, courses are scheduled in six, eight week terms a year. Complete information is available in the catalog.
The MBA Curriculum
Core (18 credit hours) - completed by every MBA learner
BA504 Marketing and Product Management
BA506 Organizational Strategy and Economic Change
BA508 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law and Ethics
BA511 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
BA513 Financial Management
BA514 Business Analysis and Research
Emphasis (15 credit hours) - the learner chooses one of five emphases, completing the required courses.
Corporate Financial Management
Human Resource Management (SHRM reviewed; aligns with HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates)
Research Seminar (3 credit hours) - completed by every MBA learner
The Research Seminar course provides a capstone experience. The learner prepares a researched report demonstrating the integration of knowledge and skills learned in the emphasis and throughout the program.
A graduate learner has five years after initial enrollment, in the first of either a foundational or graduate level course, to complete the graduate program under the requirements in effect at the time of enrollment and outlined in the degree plan. If the learner does not complete the graduate degree program within the five-year period, the requirements in effect at the time of the next enrollment will be used to determine the learner's graduation requirements. Upper Iowa University reserves the right to make changes in its academic regulations and requirements when, in its judgment, the best interests of the institution are served.
Earning an MBA from Upper Iowa University provides graduates with current theories, concepts and learning models necessary to assume leadership roles in today's organizations. The program is designed to position graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations as competent leaders.