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Achieving your Hong Kong MBA

As a part of the Tippie Hong Kong MBA Program, you've made a serious commitment to improve yourself, your career, and your future. And you've got a whole team behind you. Tippie faculty and staff are dedicated to making sure your experience as an Iowa MBA student is the best that it can be. Below we've put together all the resources that you'll need to navigate your way through the program.

Hawk ID and password

The Office of Admissions will email you a link to create your Hawk ID and password. This is your key to all things Iowa MBA. You'll use the ID and password for entry into all University of Iowa student support systems. If you still haven't received your Hawk ID and password, contact the HK MBA Program.   

We've provided some tools to make it easier for you to change your password whenever you need to without the help of the Help Desk or Stead Technology Services Group. You can enroll in this service and learn more about it at the university's HawkID website.


Iowa Courses Online (ICON) is the online course support system that will be used for all of your classes.

After you open the site, you can log in with your Hawk ID and password. The homepage will list each course that you are enrolled in. Just click the course name to access the grades, news items, assignments, etc. specific to that course.

To edit your personal information on ICON, click the "My Profile" link on the homepage. Entering information in this section is optional. Note you cannot change your email address via ICON. This must be done on MyUI.

UI email account

You will be required to activate your assigned email address. All official communication from university offices are sent via email.

To activate your account:

  • Log into
  • Click on Email Tools / Request Email Account
  • Complete the specified steps

Students who prefer to maintain only their work or home email addresses can do so by routing the email to a work or home account. If you're email address is routed to a different account, you will not need to change your address in ICON.

You may receive emails which are related to university activities but which do not apply directly to you. To "unsubscribe" from these mass emails sent out by the university:

  • Log on to
  • Click on Email Tools / Email Account Filter filter bulk mail
  • Make sure that none of the categories are checked

Student identification

Student ID Numbers

A randomly generated 8-digit university ID number system is used to identify you in the university community. Your university ID number will never change and never be reused. To view your university ID go to MyUI > "Student Information" > "My University ID." 

UI No-Photo ID Cards

You can apply for a University of Iowa "No-Photo ID Card" by completing the an application form and sending it to Tippie via CEG. No-photo ID cards are used to:

  • Charge UI Book Store items by telephone or online to your student account. A UI Photo ID Card is required to charge items purchased in person.
  • Check out books and materials via Interlibrary Loan, Distance-Education Document Delivery Services, or in person.

No-photo ID cards come with some limitations. Things such as student discounts on tickets to UI arts or athletic events may not be available to you without an actual photo ID.

Library resources

You have access to all of the electronic resources provided by the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library. When you use the UI Libraries' resources, an EZproxy server will prompt for your HawkID and password.

Policies and procedures

Tippie holds a separate set of polices and procedures for the Hong Kong MBA. See our Student Policies and Procedures handbook as a guide and outline for the Hong Kong MBA. Refer to the Tippie MBA Honor Code for more information about academic integrity and misconduct.

Semester in Iowa

Hong Kong MBA students may be eligible to enroll in classes on campus for one semester. Advance planning for this is importantIf you are interested in pursuing this option, contact the HK MBA program as soon as possible for details regarding procedures.

Living in Iowa City


Students in the Hong Kong MBA Program receive exactly the same diploma as all other MBA students. You will be instructed to complete an application for degree during your final semester. Students who have completed all required course work, plus those who will complete remaining requirements within three months, may participate in the graduation ceremony.

Hong Kong: A graduation ceremony will be held in Hong Kong once a year.

Iowa City: You are also welcome to attend the graduation celebration in Iowa City. The celebration held in May of each year is a momentous event with 150 or more new MBAs receiving their diplomas followed by a celebratory brunch with family and friends.