Program-Specific Features

Business Analytics

Professional MBA and Professional Certificate

Online MBA

Important Dates and Events

  • April 9 at 9:00 am: Summer 2020 Registration Will Re-open
  • April 13: Spring Intersession Courses Begin This Week – All Courses Will Be Conducted Virtually
  • April 20 at 9:00 am: Fully Admitted MBA Students – Fall 2020 Registration Opens
  • April 20: Webinar: Leveraging Your Graduate Degree: What Do You Need to Do Before the Next Career Move? w/ Dee Hurst
  • April 27 at 9:00 am: PreMBA and Professional Certificate Students – Fall 2020 Registration Opens
  • May 8: Application Deadline to Apply for Full Admission into the MBA and Part-time Master's of Business Analytics Programs for Summer 2020 
  • May 8: PreMBA Application Deadline for Summer 2020

Virtual New Student Open House - Highly Recommended for New MBA & Professional Certificate Students

Are you excited to be starting your grad school journey? Maybe, a little apprehensive? Do you have some unanswered questions? Join us online to talk with other students and meet staff who are here to support you. We want you to succeed! Let us help you jump start your experience! 

Thursday, May 7
6:00 – 7:00 pm

RSVP: Please sign up to attend of the events calendar.

Save the Date! Tippie Graduate Forum on April 14

Join us online for the Tippie Graduate Forum! Our leadership team will highlight the changes we are making to support students while providing paths for degree completion. More importantly, it will be an opportunity to ask any questions or share concerns that you may have regarding our current situation.

Tuesday, April 14
5:30 – 6:30 pm

You will be receiving an email soon with an invitation to RSVP and submit your questions ahead of time!

Fall 2020 Registration Is Happening Soon! Are You Prepared?

Registration will begin on April 20 at 9:00 am for fully admitted MBA students and April 27 at 9:00 am for PreMBA and Professional Certificate students. Make sure to log in to MyUI and register at 9:00 am for the best chance of enrolling in the classes you hope to take.

Prior to registration, we suggest you also do the following:

  • Review course specifics in the Fall 2020 Course Schedule.
  • Every semester before you register, you should complete the following steps to make sure you don’t have any registration holds that prevent you from registering. 
    • Sign the Student Billing & Payment Agreement. This is a step you need to complete every semester before you can register. Sign your Student Billing & Payment Agreement by going to the MyUI “Financial Aid & Billing” tab and selecting the “Billing & Payment Student Agreement” link under the “Finances & Billing” category. 
    • Check your U-bill to make sure your account is current. View your U-bill in MyUI on the “Financial Aid & Billing” tab; select the “University Bill” link under “Finances & Billing.”
  • Familiarize yourself with the registration instructions, if needed.
  • Enrollment Restrictions: There is a limit to the number of courses students can take each semester. Review the complete policy under the Enrollment Restrictions and Course Load section.
  • Prerequisites: Pay special attention to the course descriptions and prerequisite requirements. The system will allow you to register for a course, even if you have not met the prerequisite requirements. In this case, you will be administratively dropped before the course begins.
  • Shared Courses: Several of our courses are shared with either the Online MBA or Business Analytics programs. These courses may indicate there are “0 unreserved seats available”. That is because all seats in the class have been allocated to a certain program of study. As seats are split between the programs, you may be added to a waitlist after you click to enroll in the course even it if appears the course is not yet full. For more details on how seats are allocated, click on the course number link and you’ll be directed to the details page. Under “Seat Reservations” you’ll find more information.
  • Waitlists: Due to the high demand of certain courses, we may have a waitlist. Some waitlists move very quickly and some waitlists don’t move at all. We recommend that you sign up for a backup class after joining a waitlist. If you receive notification that a spot has opened up, you’ll have 24 hours to confirm your seat. If you don’t respond before the deadline, you will be removed from the waitlist and the next person on the list will be offered the open seat. If you miss the 24-hour window, you’ll have to rejoin the waitlist to be considered for future open seats. You could receive this notification at any point between now and the day before the class starts. However, we generally see the most waitlist activity right before the semester starts.

If you have questions about your course plan, please schedule an advising appointment

Summer 2020 Updates – Registration Will Re-open on April 9 at 9:00 am

As we know, dealing with COVID19 has forced us all to be more agile. In an effort to allow each of you to continue on your educational path with as little disruption as possible, the decision has been made to move all our summer courses to a virtual format. This move supports the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, while providing an uninterrupted path to degree. To that end, ALL off-campus graduate courses (PMBA and Business Analytics) will only be delivered in a virtual format for our summer 2020 sessions. 

What steps should you take?

  • Review the revised Summer 2020 Schedule of Courses. Check the dates and times for the course in which you are enrolled.  In an effort to minimize disruption, most courses do not have date changes, but many have shortened live sessions given recorded content will be an integral part of most courses. The schedules can be viewed at:
  • Course dates and time changes have not yet been made in MyUI. Courses will be updated prior to registration re-opening, which is at 9:00 am on April 9.
  • There is NO action needed on your part if your course dates and times work for you and you want to remain enrolled in the course.
  • If you need to modify your course registration and/or add a summer course, you may do so in MyUI beginning at 9:00 am on April 9. Please note registration for online courses with section identifiers EXO and EXW are open for registration currently, if open seats remain in the course.
  • If you are on a course waitlist and are no longer interested in the course, please remove your name from the waitlist.
  • Please schedule an advising appointment if you need guidance on summer course options. 

Additional notes of guidance:

  • Most previously scheduled in-person courses are being transitioned to a “virtual course” delivery. A virtual course is a remote version of an in-person course in which the instructor has discretion to use recorded video/audio content, required live Zoom sessions, and electronic communication. These courses may have different structures from our “traditional” online courses that are delivered in the EXW and EXO sections. Both types of course types will be delivered online.
  • Some course sections have been merged together into one course, while keeping the original section identifiers (EXC, EXD, etc.). The merged sections, called “co-existing”, will be taught by the same faculty member and joined together in the same live online sessions. For example, MBA:8160 Managerial Economics 0EXC and 0EXD will be coexisting, taught by Ann Villamil, as one course. If you are interested in a coexisting course and one course section is full, look to its coexisting section as it may be open for registration. 
  • For those of you on a waitlist, remember that you have a short window of time (24 hours) to accept a spot in that course when it is offered to you. When an opening occurs and you are next on the waitlist, an invitation will be sent to your UIowa email. In this time of constant change, we highly recommend that students on the waitlist check their UI email at least daily.
  • Two new courses have been added to the summer offerings:
    • MGMT:9130:0EXO Strategic Management of Change, open for PMBA/OMBA students
    • MSCI:9110:0EXO Advanced Analytics, open to Business Analytics students 

We recognize that some of you may not have taken an online or virtual course in the past. If you are taking your first online class this session, we recommend visiting the Technology Requirements and Considerations for Online Courses page to learn more about the recommended technology and additional considerations for online courses. While some instructors are new to the online format, Tippie College is very comfortable offering coursework virtually, as many of you can attest to based upon your personal experience.

Grade Information

The University announced a decision to allow students the option to complete their 16-week courses using a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading choice. Because our 11-week MBA and Business Analytics programs end soon, this option is not available for these classes.  Therefore, traditional letter grades will be given for the current 11-week term.  However, the S/U grading option WILL be available for the upcoming spring intersession courses. Prior to May 8, students will have the option to choose if they want to receive the traditional letter grade, or take a grade of S (C- or above) or U (C- or below) for these intersession courses.  Each student will be able to select the grading option that best fits their personal situation.  If you are receiving employer funding support, we highly recommend checking with your HR representative to best understand any possible implications of the S/U option.

Temporary Changes to Full Admission for Summer and Fall 2020

We recognize COVID-19 is hitting our communities hard. Due to these challenges, the Tippie College of Business has made some temporary changes to our admission requirements for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 enrollment:

  • The GMAT/GRE requirement has been temporarily suspended; no score is needed to apply
  • You are no longer required to be fully employed at the time of admission
  • All application fees are waived
  • Summer 2020 application deadline has been extended to May 8, 2020
  • View more information on the Tippie Admissions web page

PMBA and OMBA Programs

At the time of full admission, students apply for either the Professional MBA or the Online MBA. Both programs are currently accepting applications for summer and fall 2020. Currently, there is not a transfer option between the two programs; the program you choose at the time of full admission is fixed.

As a Professional MBA student, you are eligible to register for both in person and online/web classes. Keep in mind that some PMBA and PreMBA students have experienced waitlists for online/web classes. We’re sharing this information with you so that you can make the best choice to meet your preferences and needs. If you have additional questions about what program is the right fit for you, please schedule an advising appointment.

Apply for full admission in time to register for classes when Fall registration opens

Our final application deadline for the fall semester is August 1. However, fully admitted students may begin registering for Fall 2020 courses at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20. We encourage students to register on this date to get their best selection of courses. For this reason, you should submit your Full Admission application as soon as possible to allow for your application, official decision, and registration authorization to be processed in time for you to register on Monday, April 20. 

Note: These admission requirement changes currently only apply to the Summer 2020 & Fall 2020 semesters.  

PreMBA Status

Reminder: As a PreMBA student you are limited to 5 courses. If you are currently in your 4th or 5th class, it’s a good time to consider applying for Full Admission. You will not be able to register for a 6th class until you become fully admitted.

Start Your Full Admission Application: If you have questions about logging into the application portal or how to submit your application, email: tippie-admissions@uiowa.edu

Career Corner – Boost Your LinkedIn Profile

Many employers are increasing their use of digital tools due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. This includes sourcing through LinkedIn for candidates and video interviewing. I want to share some things to avoid as you update your LinkedIn presence.

Blasting for connections or vague/generic information rarely nets the branding you need to stand out from the crowd. Unique and compelling information can attract recruiters and boost your profile. Read more: 10 LinkedIn Profile Mistakes Job Seekers Should Avoid

If you are confident you’re past those issues, read the article: 4 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making on LinkedIn. This article goes a little deeper, regarding content and access/notifications. Cutting and pasting from your resume or company bio may be fast, but not best. Make sure you take advantage of the first person narrative to tell your story.  

Please contact Dee Hurst, Director, Career Management for Part-time Programs, if you have any questions.

Virtual Event: ICR Agile Conference

NewBoCo and members of Eastern Iowa Agile are hosting a virtual ICR Agile conference. Since the conference has moved to a virtual format, this will be a unique opportunity to connect with professionals across the state. The conference will bring together members of the agile community and those interested in embracing the agile mindset to learn and network with peers.

Thursday, April 30
9:00 – 5:00 pm 

$100 per person; Use the discount code “Iowa” for $10 off the ticket price

RSVP: Register online to attend this conference.