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University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 52% accepted out of 64 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.37
  • Average Years Work Experience: 76
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the University of Northern Iowa must submit official GMAT scores, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and three essays that address the applicant's professional and personal background. The Admissions Committee selects applicants based on their communication skills, demonstrated leadership potential, intellectual ...Applicants to the University of Northern Iowa must submit official GMAT scores, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and three essays that address the applicant's professional and personal background. The Admissions Committee selects applicants based on their communication skills, demonstrated leadership potential, intellectual capability, and academic success during undergraduate and graduate work. The Admissions Committee considers each applicant's particular accomplishments individually, and admissions essays are strongly weighted in a decision. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. In the past three years, successful applicants have submitted GMAT scores averaging 530 to 630. International applicants must demonstrate the financial means to support themselves while in the program; those whose first language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score report (minimum score 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test).

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 68
Percent International Students 30%
Total Full-Time Faculty 47
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

Students enjoy a “nice environment” at UNI’s campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The town of Cedar Falls might be “kind of boring” by some student’s standards; however, the lack of excitement helps keep distractions down to a minimum and encourages more “time to study.” The school does provide “many clubs and student organizations” in which students can broaden their graduate school experience. Students say on-campus “housing is moder­ate [and] clean, but old.” While taking breaks from their studies, students enjoy the oppor­tunity “to support some athletic functions,” and can also take part in attending seminars on campus. UNI is “absolutely fabulous at offering relevant seminars or workshops that stu­dents are invited to attend. They make for a well-rounded [education].” The MBA program is made up of “a variety of mid-career professionals, small business owners, and international students, [who] bring diverse experiences to class discussions.” Having a “very diverse range of viewpoints, age, nationalities, and backgrounds…enhances the learning experiences.” Classmates are described as “highly-competent” “eager learners, competitive, yet very friendly.” Some look forward to “driving in early to spend time with various teams, to work on project activity. Although the adult students already have an established life and home to go back to, I am seeing increasing [camaraderie] among stu­dents as teaming and bonding occurs.” Not all students with families are able to adjust their class schedules to suit their needs. One student says, “The school does not support parents with small children. Daycare hours do not coincide with classroom hours.”

Career

Locally, UNI is well known and their students are well received as potential employees. “Top employers of UNI MBA graduates include Viking Pump and John Deere.” “Allen Hospital, part of the Iowa Health System, is also a top area employer.” The Career Services Center at UNI’s College of Business Administration offers student workshops, resume reviews, cover letter advice, and mock interviews to help hone their skills. Internet resources are also provided to assist in the job search. Recruiters visit the campus through­out the year, and the school also hosts the Fall Career Fair Day and the Spring Job and Internship Fair for job seekers. Top employers of UNI graduates include: Klaussner, Loparex, Progressive, Target Distribution, US Bank, and Venture Computer Systems. “Internship awareness and mentoring” was noted as areas where improvement is needed.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The “AACSB accredited” University of Northern Iowa (UNI) College of Business Administration offers MBA students a “practical business curriculum that can be direct­ly applied to the business world.” The school’s “facilities, staff, and real world projects” are appealing. Students are also “attracted by the course content and program length,” which gives students the ability to “earn the MBA degree in 13 months.” With its “great business school reputation,” UNI offers students a “quality education at a minor cost for an MBA.” This “cost-effective, flexible, [and] fast” MBA program is more compatible with the active lifestyles of most graduate students today. The MBA program consists of “small classes” in a “focused yet fun learning atmos­phere.” Coursework is “intensive,” but “fantastic professors” “are dedicated to stu­dents,” and provide “a very positive academic experience.” The faculty does a good job of “mixing strategies for big business with small business. Showing how the same strat­egy or methodology can apply to both but how differently it applies.” They “want to integrate what we already have in business knowledge with what we are currently learn­ing. It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn].” Overall, the school receives strong marks in communication and organization to provide a unified MBA program. One student says, “I think they have a strong administrative and instruction staff with a common vision of where the program should go and the results they expect. I see common business concepts stressed which tie the individual courses together into a focused package.” “Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go beyond limits to help you in any kind of issues.” There was advice offered to the registrar though, which “needs improvement on adjusting to the modules that the MBA operates on as opposed to the semester sys­tem that the rest of the school does.” Also appealing to students who want a more global experience are the short-term and semester-long study abroad programs available at UNI. A Hong Kong MBA can be obtained through the school’s long-distance learning program. The classes take place in Hong Kong with “all classes taught by UNI professors” on-site. It is a “very compact pro­gram” and “intensive” option due to the “limited period of time professors can stay in Hong Kong (usually 3 weeks)”; however, “students can complete the program in one and half year[s], which is good.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Donald O. Rod Library provides access to collections which include about 887,000 books, 575,000 government documents, 760,000 items on microform, 40,700 maps, 14,200 sound recordings, and archival materials, as well as extensive holdings of electronic resources. The Library subscribes to about 3,300 journals and 50 newspapers.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/icbs/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.cba.uni.edu/dbweb/pages/students/student-life-orgs.cfm#EXCEL

  • Research Facilities:

    Donald O. Rod Library provides access to collections which include about 887,000 books, 575,000 government documents, 760,000 items on microform, 40,700 maps, 14,200 sound recordings, and archival materials, as well as extensive holdings of electronic resources. The Library subscribes to about 3,300 journals and 50 newspapers.

  • Study Abroad:

    France, E.S.C. Rennes; France, I.S.C. Paris; Hong Kong, UNI MBA Program

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration include:

Kyle Selberg - VP Marketing, Principal Financial Group

Gary Rolling - President and CEO J-Tec Associates, Inc.

Kevin Lentz - Sr. VP, Cuna Mutual Insurance

Mark Baldwin - CEO, Iowa Laser Technology (retired)

Nancy Aossey - CEO, International Medical Corporation

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