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History of the Professional MBA Program

Business education begins with one course at the university. The subject of political economy, an early form of macroeconomics, is taught as part of the moral philosophy course in the history department.

The university creates the School of Political and Social Science, including political science, history, political economy, sociology, finance, and commerce.

The university approves adding commerce to the title of the school, creating the School of Political and Social Science and Commerce.

The School of Commerce gains college status and is renamed the College of Commerce.

Only two years after its elevation to college status, the College of Commerce is admitted as a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The college is renamed the College of Business Administration.

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program is established, becoming the 65th such program in the country.

The college offers its first off-campus MBA degree program in the Quad Cities.

The college initiates the Executive MBA Program for working professionals.

The MBA program unifies its efforts under a new name, the School of Management. The school institutes higher admission standards and strengthens recruiting.

The Evening MBA Program enrollment continues to grow rapidly through the use of distance learning technology and the Iowa Communications Network. The college opens new centers in Newton and Cedar Rapids.

Tippie School of Management and Iowa State University College of Engineering introduce Dual Master's Degree Program leading to a UI MBA degree and ISU master's degree in systems engineering.

The Executive MBA Program expands into Des Moines with classes offered in the Stanley M. Howe Leadership Complex of the W.A. Krause Center for Entrepreneurial Education.

International Executive MBA Program in Beijing offered (in conjunction with Purdue University) to help build China's agribusiness industry while strengthening ties between Iowa and the world's fastest growing economy.

The first class of students graduates from the two-year Tippie International Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong.

Evening MBA Program changes name to MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA-PM) to better describe the nature of its students.

The Business Solutions Center opens. MBA student teams work to solve real business problems for area businesses.

The University of Iowa becomes the credit- and degree-granting institution for the Consortium of Universities for International Studies, which provides an undergraduate study abroad opportunity as well as an international MBA at CIMBA, headquartered in Asolo, Italy.

The Tippie College of Business celebrates 150 years of business education at the University of Iowa.

The Tippie MBA program refreshes its curriculum and launches career academies. The Finance, Marketing, and Strategic Innovation academies are designed to offer Full-time MBA students structured academic experiences as well as experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for their chosen careers.

Because of demand, the MBA-PM Program relocates to larger facilities in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Tippie School of Management partners with the CFA Institute to help MBA finance students prepare for careers as Chartered Financial Analysts.

The John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center becomes the new home for the MBA-PM Program in Des Moines. In addition, the MBA-PM Program in the Quad Cities moves to space in the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.

Sarah Fisher Gardial is named the college's first female dean. She previously was the vice provost of the University of Tennnesee, Knoxville.

The Board of Visitors, the college's advisory group of business and government leaders, is renamed the Tippie Advisory Board.

MBA-PM Program changes name to Professional MBA Program (PMBA).