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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Leslie K. Wilson
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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.

 

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