The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business prepares students for a career and a full life during their first job and beyond. In addition to specialization in six majors, the college also offers a minor in business administration and three certificate programs. Graduates have opportunities for careers worldwide and for graduate study in many fields.

The undergraduate BBA program takes full advantage of the university’s liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students acquire the verbal and quantitative reasoning skills they'll need for today’s business careers along with basic and specialized knowledge of business.

Business Majors

The college offers six undergraduate majors that lead to a BBA degree:

Certificate Programs in Business

Certificate programs are open to students in any major and are usually completed to supplement a degree.

Minor in Business Administration

For undergraduate students who are not majoring in business, the college offers a Minor in Business Administration

Why Iowa?

The Tippie College of Business is known for the strength of its academic departments and the community built by its students, faculty, and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa's undergraduate business program in the top 25 public universities nationwide. Individually, the college’s six departments have earned high marks in national rankings and studies of academic programs.

Students in the college's six majors will focus on a core academic discipline but are able to supplement their degree with interdisciplinary certificates, minors, or a second major in another college. Academic pursuits are complemented by an array of leadership opportunities, internships, research, service-learning, and study abroad programs.

The college's Direct Admission program for qualifying first-year students provides a variety of activities that enhance student development, such as a seminar for first-year business students and housing in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community, which is located in the UI residence halls. Direct admission students also may apply for the Tippie First-Year Scholarship, valued at $1,500 to $3,000.

Approximately 20 percent of incoming first-year students declare an intent to major in business. About 3,000 students are enrolled in the BBA program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all of Iowa's undergraduate business majors is selective. 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 pre-business students that meet the established admission criteria, typically after their first year.

In addition to the college's admission requirements, accounting majors must have a 3.00 UI and cumulative grade-point average, a B- average in financial and managerial accounting.

 Information

Major(s)
Accounting
BBA
Business Analytics and Information Systems
BBA
Economics
BBA
Finance
BBA
Management
BBA
Marketing
BBA
Minor(s)
Business Administration
Certificate(s)
Entrepreneurial Management
International Business
Risk Management and Insurance
  Honors Courses
  Four-Year Graduation Plan
  Selective Admission
Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Student Opportunities

Iowa students choose from more than 500 student organizations and multiple undergraduate research opportunities

Students use UI academic resources such as the University of Iowa Honors Program, internships and career preparation offered by the Pomerantz Career Center, and Study Abroad. They also participate in College of Business Student Organizations, leadership conferences, and case studies that provide leadership opportunities.

Study Abroad

In today's global economy, students must prepare to work with people around the world. Study abroad provides opportunities to develop multicultural skills and increase proficiency in a world language. UI Study Abroad coordinates a wide selection of programs open to all undergraduates. In addition, the Tippie College of Business offers the following programs for its students.

  • Summer internships in London, Paris, Madrid, and Hong Kong: You'll gain professional experience and academic course credit in these non-paid programs, which last eight or 10 weeks. Internships are available in private-sector business, law, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, schools, hospitals, political parties, policy think tanks, lobby groups, and many other areas. You may be able to earn academic credit for your work.
  • Study abroad in Italy: You'll spend a semester or summer studying in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, in programs offered by the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS). You'll earn credit for your course work, which will emphasize current international events. You'll also be encouraged to study Italian and participate in executive lectures, plant tours, and other activities. The program's students and faculty primarily come from the 30-plus American public universities that belong to CUIS.
  • Business program in London: A Tippie College of Business faculty member teaches this course during the UI winter session (late December to January). You'll live in a student apartment in central London, visit businesses, learn from business leaders, and take in cultural and historic sites. Class offerings vary from year to year.
  • Business and Culture in China: Beijing and Shanghai become your classroom during this two-week exploration of business and culture. Through interactive company visits, cultural excursions, and small group discussions, you will discover how businesses operate in China and explore how the cultural environment intersects with the global marketplace.
  Scholarships

The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students.

For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. Over 300 scholarships are available to business students, some designed specifically for first-year students.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships. 

Course Work

In addition to required course work for the major, all students must complete the college's General Education Requirements (in courses such as rhetoric, literature, historical perspectives, and the natural sciences). Introductory business courses in accounting, business computing essentials, economics, calculus, and statistics must be completed before beginning the following core business courses:

  • Business Communication and Protocol
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Introductory Financial Management
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Introduction to Marketing Strategy

See Bachelor of Business Administration in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work, graduating with honors, and the Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Honor Code.

Tippie RISE

All Tippie College of Business students must successfully complete at least one Tippie RISE experience (research, an internship, study abroad, or experiential learning) as part of the undergraduate degree. Students will bridge the classroom with the real world and gain a competitive edge in the job market and in admission to graduate school.