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Management (BBA)
Entrepreneurial Management
Human Resource Management
Leadership & Management
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

Working in business management involves human resources; individual, team, and organizational behavior; employment law and ethics; leadership; training and development; negotiation; and organizational design.

Management students at Iowa learn about each of these aspects of business, including the theory about them and how they work in real-life situations.

Why Study at Iowa? 

The undergraduate business program in the Tippie College of Business is ranked in the top 25 public universities nationwide. Management is one of six Undergraduate Business Majors offered by the college.

As a student in the Department of Management and Organizations, you will be prepared to work in a variety of positions in business, government, nonprofit institutions, and education. Graduates find careers in the areas of general management, consulting, personnel management, entrepreneurial organizations, and in dispute resolution.

The college also offers an Online BBA in Management (in the Entrepreneurial Management track) through the UI Distance Education program.

Course Work 

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in management is designed to teach the principles of effective management in a business environment.

In addition to completing the Tippie College of Business General Education Requirements in courses such as rhetoric, literature, historical perspectives, and the natural sciences, BBA students in all majors also take business-related core courses in statistics, communication, law, management, and marketing.

Once admitted to the management degree program, courses provide a foundation in management principles plus a specialized focus in one of three tracks:

  • The Human Resource Management Track covers business and employment law; it will prepare you for careers in human resources or for law school.
  • The Leadership and Management Track focuses on practical skills; it will prepare you for a career in consulting or management.
  • The Entrepreneurial Management Track will prepare you to start your own business or work in a small business.

Required courses include:

  • Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Dynamics of Negotiations
  • Four courses in one of the three tracks

See Management and Organizations in the UI General Catalog for more information about this major.

Refer to the Continuing Education website for details about the online BBA in Management (Entrepreneurial Track).

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the Tippie College of Business either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission.

Direct Admission is for first-year students with a 3.60 high school grade-point average and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Applicants who meet the high school course requirements and either the GPA or test score requirement will be carefully considered for Direct Admission.

Standard Admission is for current UI prebusiness students that meet the established admission criteria, typically after their first year.

More information on admission can be found at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions.

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Student Opportunities 

In addition to having nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

First-year Business students may be interested in living in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community in the UI residence halls.


Over 90 percent of the college's May 2013 graduates reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment six months after graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

For more career information, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Management.

Recent business graduates have found jobs in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public policy groups, banking, employee relations, business consulting, transportation planning, education, and entrepreneurial endeavors.


Over 300 scholarships are available to business students; some designed specifically for first-year students. Review the websites of the Office of Admissions, College of Business, and Office of Student Financial Aid for more scholarship opportunities.

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