Friday, January 29, 2021

The University of Iowa and Grinnell College have formed a new partnership that will streamline the process for Grinnell students to be admitted to the Master of Science in Finance Program in the university’s Tippie College of Business.

The agreement will allow Grinnell seniors to apply for admission to the Tippie graduate program provided they meet certain requirements for GPA and course completion. Qualified students will receive conditional admission to the master’s program pending their graduation from Grinnell. Up to five admission slots in the program will be reserved for Grinnell students.

Barrett Thomas, senior associate dean of Tippie College, is a 1997 graduate of Grinnell and retired member Grinnell’s Board of Trustees. “Grinnell’s commitment to open inquiry was a formative part of my early education, and I was drawn to the Tippie College of Business because of its similar commitment to training students to think critically and creatively. This partnership is win-win.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for Grinnell students pursuing a career in finance.  When you combine this program’s course offerings and expansive experiential learning opportunities with Grinnell’s exceptional liberal arts education, I think you’ll find our graduates will be well poised to launch a career in business and finance,” said Mark Peltz, Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean, Center for Careers, Life, and Service at Grinnell College.

Tom Rietz, professor of finance and department executive officer of the Tippie College’s finance department, says the agreement will provide a route for Grinnell students interested in careers in finance a leg up to a world class graduate program. For the university, it will build a pipeline to attract some of Grinnell’s outstanding undergraduate students.

The partnership takes effect with students in Grinnell’s graduating class of 2021.

About Grinnell College

Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa founded in 1846, provides individually advised learning for intellectually engaged students to produce graduates who are prepared to navigate the world’s complexities and responsibly contribute to the common good. Grinnell enrolls 1,700 students from around the world, who earn bachelor’s degrees in a range of disciplines across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell's rigorous academic program and campus life emphasize excellence in education through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas, a diverse community and social responsibility and action. More information about Grinnell College is available at

About the Master of Science in Finance at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

The Tippie College of Business’ on-campus, three-semester program delivers the focused finance expertise today's employers demand, plus the skills to communicate and visualize financial analysis. Students work one-on-one with some of the leading minds in the industry including consulting for Fortune 500 companies. They also make real investment decisions for a $15 million equity fund, the Henry Fund, or one of the only fixed-income funds managed by master’s students, the Hart Fund. Classes are taught by the same faculty that earned the college a #1 ranking from the Financial Times. For more information, visit