Undergraduate Business

Joint Degrees

Why would a student choose the joint degree program?
To get two different degrees simultaneously. If you are in the joint degree program, you may enroll in major classes for both majors.

What type of student typically participates in the joint degree?
Students who have very specific career goals sometimes utilize a joint degree program. For example, a student who wants to work in advertising or public relations may elect to major in marketing and journalism and mass communication (or communication studies). Students pursuing a business major, an International Business Certificate, and a minor in a world language may discover that they are several classes away from a major in their world language and decide they want to pursue two majors. Students interested in a career in sports promotion or sports marketing may find that a major in business coupled with a health and sports studies major and a meaningful internship may help them get an edge in a competitive job market.

The preceding examples indicate that students believe that having two different bachelors' degrees will serve as a competitive advantage with planned pursuits after graduation. Any decision to pursue two undergraduate degrees should be given serious consideration. In some cases, students may find that they could earn a master's degree in their second area of interest in the same amount or slightly more time than it would take to earn two undergraduate degrees.

Joint Degree Program General Policies and Procedures
Undergraduate students may pursue joint undergraduate degrees in the Tippie College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering. The following rules apply to all students in a joint degree program:

  • Students in joint degree programs are allowed a combined maximum of three second-grade-only options.
  • All students in joint programs must meet all degree requirements for both majors as well as complete all General Education Program components for both majors.
  • Students are assigned two advisors-one in both colleges (for each major).
  • Students in joint degree programs are assessed tuition for the primary major only.
  • First-year students in joint degree programs who are also in the direct admission program must enroll in the direct admission seminar in the fall of their first semester at the University.

Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Tippie College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer a joint degree program in which students earn two University of Iowa bachelor's degrees: (1) a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Tippie College of Business and (2) a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Students in the joint Tippie College of Business/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences program will have the Tippie College of Business program of study (major) listed as their primary major.

Business and Engineering
The Tippie College of Business and the College of Engineering offer a joint degree program in which students earn two University of Iowa bachelor's degrees: (1) a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Tippie College of Business and (2) a Bachelor of Science (BSE) from the College of Engineering.

  • Students in the joint Tippie College of Business/Engineering program must enroll in appropriate mathematics and engineering courses early in their course of study in order to complete the program in a timely way. Because courses in natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences count toward the BBA and the BSE, students may count a single course toward both degrees.
  • BBA/BSE students usually meet the degree requirements of both colleges in about five years; time required depends on the student's choice of major study areas.
  • Students in the joint Tippie College of Business/Engineering program will have the College of Engineering program of study (major) listed as their primary major.
  • Contact the Tippie Undergraduate Program or the College of Engineering Student Development Center for specific degree requirements.