The Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University hires renowned faculty members who are passionate about affecting the progress of students and prepare them to make a positive impact and a difference in society, their communities, and the world. Ivy has been AACSB accredited since 1991 and shares its excellence in degree programs, active learning, professional development, and community service with around 4,800 students.
A Bachelors in Business can help a student discover their talents and passions, and get a start in identifying and working towards career goals. Undergraduates can major in Actuarial Science, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Business Analytics, Management, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. There are a variety of undergraduate business scholarships, including the Mulberrys Garment Care Scholarship, General Marketing Education Scholarship, and the Business Process Management Scholarship.
Graduate students can study for the Full-time Masters in Business Administration or a Professional MBA, both with specializations in Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Marketing, and the STEM-designated Finance, Business Analytics, and Information Systems. There is also the Ivy Executive MBA, where students meet for one to two weekends a month for 21 months while completing online coursework in between. It is geared around professionals in the agriculture, food, and Biosystems industries. Other Masters degrees are in Real Estate Development, Accounting, Finance, Business Analytics, and Information Systems. Doctoral students can obtain a Ph.D. in Marketing, Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, or Management. Every graduate student is considered for a graduate scholarship. Scholarships also exist for study abroad trips.
If at all possible, every business student should take an international trip to gain unmatched global business exposure and life-changing experiences. Ivy takes students to places like Rome, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, Greece, China, the Czech Republic, France, and the United Kingdom.
The work students do in a classroom is extremely important, but so is how they spend the rest of their time. The rest of the life of a student should be filled with co-curricular activities, active learning opportunities, career preparation, and fun. Many student organizations exist to appease social, recreational, religious, and special interests. Still, the business-specific groups include the Business Ambassadors, Collegiate Women in Business, Entrepreneur Club, Real Estate Investment Networking Group, Sales Club, Microfinance Club, Beta Alpha Psi, Management Club, American Marketing Association, MIS Club, Delta Sigma Pi, and MBA Association.
Students experience learning through case competitions, internships, classroom projects, company site visits, and networking with professionals. Another hands-on learning opportunity exists within the CyBIZ Lab, where undergraduate and graduate students collaborate to provide solutions to business problems for all types of real companies. Projects may include industry research, market analysis, new product analysis, or client surveys.
The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship offers educational resources. These include the Start Something Workshops Series, Reiman Speaker Series, Women Who Create Conference, the Fall Startup Pitch Event, Innovation Pitch, Pappajohn Student Business Competition, and the Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture.