Welcome to Business Analytics

You've been admitted! Welcome. We're excited that you're part of Tippie's business analytics community. There's plenty to do before you get started on your master's degree, and we know you're busy, so we've laid it all out for you.

At the bottom of the page, see some resources and services at your disposal. Have questions? Contact us at jill-tomkins@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2686.

New student checklist

Your to-do's before classes start.

1. Activate your HawkID

Set-up instructions were in the email you received from admissions@uiowa.edu after you were admitted to the program.

2. Plan to attend orientation

A required Master of Business Analytics Orientation will be held on Friday, August 23 from 9am to 2:30pm in W401 Pappajohn Business Building.  Sessions will include student services and academic policies, Career Partnership Center overview and resume workshop, and a lunch with faculty.  Please bring your resume and laptop if possible. Dress code is casual.  Indicate dietary restrictions in the incoming student survey mentioned below in #4.   

OPTIONAL: GRADUATE COLLEGE ORIENTATION — You are also invited to attend the Graduate College's New Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 21 from 1:30-6:00 pm. This is optional, though you will be asked to RSVP if you plan to attend. They will have information about community resources, benefits, billing and payroll, as well as a photo booth for professional headshots (dress code for photos: business professional). 

International students: If you did not attend the University of Iowa for your undergraduate degree, you will also have to attend a mandatory orientation for international students.  Please see the ISSS website for more information. 

July 13 - Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 12 - Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City Area
August 13-16 - International Student Orientation

3. Register for courses through MyUI

Registration information is available in the Plan of Study for the Full-time Master of Business Analytics, the U2G Plan of Study or the MFin/MSBA Joint Degree Plan of Study. Complete registration by July 9. If you encounter any problems with registration, contact jill-tomkins@uiowa.eduPlease note that new sections of MSCI:6050 and MSCI:6060 have opened recently; you may register for section 700 or 800. NEW: MSCI:9400 Professional Development and Business Acumen is now available and highly recommended for every MSBA Career student (it will be required for future incoming students).  Update on 6.26.2019: MSCI:6210 Data Leadership and Management is cancelled due to low enrollment but will most likely be offered Fall 2020.

4. Complete an incoming student survey Please complete a short survey here. This information will help us understand your career goals and background before you arrive on campus, plus it will let us know if you have any dietary restrictions for orientation lunch! Please complete by August 1, but sooner is appreciated!   
5. Get connected To be added to the Full-time Master of Business Analytics Facebook group of your incoming classmates, contact Jennifer Carter at jennifer-carter@uiowa.edu. You might use this group to start to get to know each other, find roommates, request information about Iowa City from classmates that are already here, etc. 
6. Find housing Check out the Off Campus Housing site if you are searching for housing or a roommate.

7. Confirm your computer specs

To ensure that you are able to complete the work required during your master's, please plan to have a computer with the following capabilities:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 or higher (Mac is not recommended).
  • Memory: Minimum of 8GB RAM recommended.
  • Processor Speed: Minimum of Intel Core i5 or equivalent.
  • Hard Drive/SSD: 256 GB or larger.
  • Wireless: Any card that supports 802.11 n/ac protocals and WPA2 Enterprise.
8. Start the Resume Review Process

You'll work with your assigned Career Coach as part of the program’s structured resume review process. You'll get an email from your Career Coach on August 1 to initiate the review. An August 1 start lets you be application-ready by September 10. If you'd like a jump-start, use this format to begin building your resume.

9. Check your @uiowa email

Your UI email account will already be set up for you—please check to make sure it is working properly. This is important—we send all official program communication to your @uiowa email.

You are welcome to set up forwarding to your personal email if you'd like. Instructions are available here. 

If you have any problems with email not working correctly, contact campus ITS at its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu or 319-384-4357.

10. Complete 'Not Anymore' Training

We are committed to creating a campus where all students can feel safe and successful.  In support of this aim, we require all new graduate and professional students to take the 'Not Anymore' sexual misconduct training. Not Anymore is an online, video-based sexual assault prevention program to prepare students with important skills and knowledge to address sexual misconduct (including sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and dating/partner violence), safety, and bystander intervention.

If you are a new student to the university, you will receive an email with information and instructions on how to complete the program prior to the start of classes. Be sure to keep an eye on your university email account. Please feel free to contact ui-ipv-prevention@uiowa.edu with any questions.

11. Purchase textbooks

Check on ICON or MyUI/courses to see what textbooks or other materials are required.    

12. Log in to ICON before your classes begin

ICON is the University of Iowa's course management platform. You'll use it for every class you take at Tippie. You can set up ICON notifications to receive updates by email.    
13. Get your Iowa OneCard

The Iowa OneCard is the official ID card of the University of Iowa. You'll use it to check out books, access gym facilities, and more. Once on campus, please get your University of Iowa picture ID card at the UI Service Center, which will be opening at 2700 University Captiol Centre / Old Capital Mall prior to the start of classes.


Resources and services


Need the latest version of Microsoft Office? As a UI student, you can get popular software for a fraction of the retail price through the Campus Software Program. Just need it for a short while? Get the program you need online through Virtual Desktop. For details, go to the University of Iowa ITS website.

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