Upper Iowa University started providing its educational services in 1857. Originally supported by the Methodist Church, it became an independent institution in 1928. It offers flexibility to its students by offering a residential campus, various education centers in the US and some foreign countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, independent study, and online programs.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university is also a member of the North Central Association. It is a recognized leader in distance education and offers its programs through the Upper Iowa Center for Distance Education. Based on Online Education Database ranking, it is considered as one of the Top 10 Online Education Providers. Its MBA Program is also ranked by geteducated.com as a Best Buy Distance MBA.
Online programs include IT majors in post-secondary degree programs, five (5) certificate programs and three (3) master’s degree programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Emergency and Disaster Management, Financial Management, Health Services Administration, Human Resource Management, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Psychology, Public Administration and Social Science. Online Certificate Programs are offered in Emergency and Disaster Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Organizational Communication, and Organizational Leadership. Online Master’s degrees include MBA, Master of Higher Education Administration and the Master of Public Administration.
Online students who wish to avail of financial aid are advised to complete their Federal Student Aid Application form every year. Financial aid options include grants, loans, veteran’s assistance and scholarships. The admissions process can be initiated through an online application. Admissions requirements may vary depending on the online program chosen. Students are allowed to change programs within the university offerings to facilitate graduation with a single transcript from Upper Iowa University.