UNI Business has a long-standing tradition of excellence.

Since 1981, when the college was officially established, a University of Northern Iowa business education has always been focused on student success in and out of the classroom.

It starts with our undergraduates. UNI Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and that’s thanks to our innovative, challenging and contemporary curriculum offered across all our various majors and minors.

The excellence continues with our MBA program, which has locations in Mason City, Shanghai and Hong Kong and has been named a Best Business School by the Princeton Review every year for over a decade.

Students who leave UNI Business are ready to hit the ground running because of our focus on professional development through education and outreach.

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Find Your Professional Distinction

UNI Business is committed to helping you find your niche in business by determining your professional distinction. How will you stand out in business? We believe an outside certification plays an important role which is why we tie certification training into our curriculum.

Our accounting students consistently rank among the nation’s best on the certified public accountant exam, a test developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that ensures students know the basics of accounting in entry-level jobs.

UNI Business students have a pass rate on the CPA exam that is far above the national average due to the preparation that is tied into our curriculum. Because of the encouragement UNI Business gives students, most our undergraduates take the exam before they graduate, ensuring they might have some type of professional certification when entering the next phase of their life.

UNI Business is known for professional credential preparation in the fields of:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management

  • Certified General Appraiser

  • Certified Global Business Professional

  • Certified Property Management

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Review

  • Chartered Financial Analyst Review

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board certified

  • Expanded Career Option for Secondary Teacher Licensure

  • Microsoft Certification

  • Six Sigma Green Belt

Gain an International Perspective

Students who come to UNI Business receive an education that gives them different perspectives and prepares them for an innovative, international world of business, which continues to expand globally.

With that in mind, we place a focus on our study abroad program. In the last few years, we have gone from a student participation rate in international study programs of 1-in-19 to 1-in-5 — the highest participation rate among University of Northern Iowa colleges.

To help students gain a variety of perspectives, UNI Business offers financial aid and scholarship opportunities to students interested in studying abroad. We also guarantee that a semester abroad won’t exceed the projected cost of a semester at the University of Northern Iowa. To discover more about how UNI Business helps students gain international experience, visit our page.

 

Latest News & Views


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UNI VITA Tax Program Postponed Due To COVID-19 Concerns

University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration’s long-running Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which allows accounting students to prepare tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, will not be providing services this spring due to COVID-19 concerns. Taxpayers are encouraged to call the United Way at 211 for help in locating an alternative site in their area or use the Internal Revenue Service’s Free File program. 

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UNI Business student helped analyze community’s health needs during internship

Taylor Baltes (Management ’20) combined her interest in data with working for a good cause. It started in the late summer when Baltes was searching for an internship for the fall semester. She stumbled upon an opening for data analytics at the Cedar Valley United Way, a nonprofit organization that distributes funds to various community needs.

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Serial entrepreneur got his start at UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Travis Steffen remembers the first time he contemplated building a business. An undergraduate student, he was sitting in his dorm room at Dancer Hall, chatting with his two roommates. They wanted to make bed lofts and sell them to incoming students. They calculated a $10,000 profit, life-changing money in college. Although they later found out UNI already contracted with a bed loft company and dropped the idea, Steffen couldn’t shake the potential.

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Four former student body presidents and graduates from the College of Business Administration shared the highlights and struggles of their terms across four decades, illuminating along the way the universal struggles of the college experience and the unique challenges brought on by current events.

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UNI's business college responds to disruption to finance industry

Technology has made sweeping changes to our daily lives, and the financial industry is no exception. Fintech, which generally refers to financial technology, is changing how companies do business and how consumers manage their financial lives.

 

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Business student elected to Iowa House of Representatives

University of Northern Iowa senior business management major, Carter Nordman, was elected as a Republican to the 19th District of the Iowa House of Representatives, and at 22, he will enter as the youngest legislator in the chamber.

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