University of Northern Iowa College of Business Ad­min­is­tra­tion

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The University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration attracts top-notch faculty and dedicated students who work extremely hard to grasp their academic and career goals. It began teaching its innovative, rigorous, and relevant curriculum in 1981 and has continued pursuing excellence in the AACSB-accredited degree programs. To equip every business student to be data-savvy, as data drives the economy and everything in our world these days, the CoBA has intertwined data analytics into the fundamental business education throughout every degree.    


Many students need financial help to achieve a degree of higher education. There is an outstanding number of scholarships business students can apply for, including the Accounting/STEM Scholarship, Waller Scholarship in Economics, and the Piehl Business Education Scholarship, which are all worth $5,000 or more. Graduate students can take advantage of Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships.

Undergraduates can major in Economics; Management Information Systems; Accounting; Finance; Business Teaching; Supply Chain Management; Real Estate; Management with emphasis options in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, or Human Resources Management; and Marketing with emphasis options in Global Marketing, Sales Management, Advertising & Digital Media, or Marketing Management. Students can add a minor in Entrepreneurship or International Business to add another layer of depth to the degree.

Graduate studies contain a Masters in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration. The affordable MBA offers small classes, an immense amount of professional preparation, and hands-on learning opportunities. Through the MBA International, UNI offers their reputable MBA degree program in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The University guarantees to help cover some costs for every study abroad opportunity. Students can spend a semester or summer studying internationally at a partner institution, join a short-term faculty-led program, and even intern internationally to gain a global business perspective that is highly sought after by employers.

Student Life

Involvement in student clubs helps build necessary skills, a professional network, relationships, and confidence in leading others. Business-related organizations include Business Student Ambassadors, Mu Kappa Tau Honor Society, Accounting Club, Business Professionals of America, Global Associates, American Advertising Federation, International Students in Business, UNI Entrepreneurs, Women in Business, and Rho Epsilon – Real Estate.

The CoBA sees great value in community outreach and wants students to have opportunities to serve while earning a degree. Students can help local organizations with planning, applied research, and training through the Institute for Decision Making. Knowledgeable and qualified students help prepare tax documents and offer free tax services for those less fortunate through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

The Center for Business Growth & Innovation helps support student, faculty, and community entrepreneurial ventures through financial and technical assistance. Resources include the Dream Big Grow Here grant, educational and support services through the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and workspace and services at the Innovation Incubator facility. A variety of resources are available to small businesses, including consulting, marketing research, professional connections, and the Small Business Development Center.

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