The “AACSB accredited” University of Northern Iowa (UNI) College of Business Administration offers MBA students a “practical business curriculum that can be directly applied to the business world.” The school’s “facilities, staff, and real world projects” are appealing. Students are also “attracted by the course content and program length,” which gives students the ability to “earn the MBA degree in 13 months.” With its “great business school reputation,” UNI offers students a “quality education at a minor cost for an MBA.” This “cost-effective, flexible, [and] fast” MBA program is more compatible with the active lifestyles of most graduate students today.
The MBA program consists of “small classes” in a “focused yet fun learning atmosphere.” Coursework is “intensive,” but “fantastic professors” “are dedicated to students,” and provide “a very positive academic experience.” The faculty does a good job of “mixing strategies for big business with small business. Showing how the same strategy or methodology can apply to both but how differently it applies.” They “want to integrate what we already have in business knowledge with what we are currently learning. It is a highly interactive atmosphere with professors who want you to [learn].”
Overall, the school receives strong marks in communication and organization to provide a unified MBA program. One student says, “I think they have a strong administrative and instruction staff with a common vision of where the program should go and the results they expect. I see common business concepts stressed which tie the individual courses together into a focused package.”
“Administrative staff [is] wonderful here; they go beyond limits to help you in any kind of issues.” There was advice offered to the registrar though, which “needs improvement on adjusting to the modules that the MBA operates on as opposed to the semester system that the rest of the school does.”
Also appealing to students who want a more global experience are the short-term and semester-long study abroad programs available at UNI. A Hong Kong MBA can be obtained through the school’s long-distance learning program. The classes take place in Hong Kong with “all classes taught by UNI professors” on-site. It is a “very compact program” and “intensive” option due to the “limited period of time professors can stay in Hong Kong (usually 3 weeks)”; however, “students can complete the program in one and half year[s], which is good.”
The MBA program is made up of “a variety of mid-career professionals, small business owners, and international students, [who] bring diverse experiences to class discussions.” Having a “very diverse range of viewpoints, age, nationalities, and backgrounds…enhances the learning experiences.” Classmates are described as “highly-competent” “eager learners, competitive, yet very friendly.” Some look forward to “driving in early to spend time with various teams, to work on project activity. Although the adult students already have an established life and home to go back to, I am seeing increasing [camaraderie] among students as teaming and bonding occurs.” Not all students with families are able to adjust their class schedules to suit their needs. One student says, “The school does not support parents with small children. Daycare hours do not coincide with classroom hours.”