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Students wanting to study business in Iowa have their pick of over 45 schools. Programs are varied and graduate study, including at the doctoral level, is available. If you’re looking for a scholarship and you’re an Iowa resident planning to study project management, you may be eligible for the PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter Scholarship.

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Business Degree Programs in Iowa

Listed below are all of the colleges and universities in Iowa that offer business degree programs. If you want to narrow it down a bit more, you can browse our listings of specific types of business degree programs in Iowa:

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Marketing degree programs in Iowa >

State of Iowa's Marketing Industry

A strong agriculture sector saved Iowa from the depths of the great recession, according to Chase's 2012 Iowa Economic Outlook. Thanks to new farm markets opening up abroad - and a heavy concentration of business in manufacturing, finance and insurance - Iowa's economy is projected to improve steadily.

Iowa marketers are a diverse group. Some advertising and PR folks work with Principal Financial, a global financial services company ranked #295 in the 2012 Fortune 500 list. Others are running business-to-business (B2B) campaigns for the aviation electronics powerhouse, Rockwell Collins.

Even though the land of rolling prairies may seem to put crops before advertising agencies, three firms appeared on Inc.'s Top 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in 2012: EdgeCore, ME&V and Mudd Advertising. EdgeCore, in particular, outdid itself, going from $1.4 million in revenue in 2008 to $6.2 million in 2011.

Job Prospects for Iowa Marketing Graduates

The employment market for Iowa marketing graduates looks pretty good. According to 2008-2018 statistics from Iowa Workforce Development, jobs for market research analysts are expected to grow 24%. Projected increases for marketing managers (13%) and PR specialists (21%) are also in line with national figures.

As is to be expected in a state with a relatively low cost of living, your take-home pay will be below that of your coastal peers. The median annual salary for an Iowan marketing manager was $94,400 in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recent graduates should take a look at the dark horses. There were thirty-eight Iowa companies in Inc.'s Top 5000 list of 2012. Two of these - Tailgate Clothing and TMG Financial Services - saw revenues jump over 1,000% in three years.

Iowa Schools for Marketing

There are 17 accredited marketing schools in Iowa, most of them located in Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Take a look at:

1. University of Iowa (UI) (http://tippie.uiowa.edu/marketing/)

Ranked #49 in "Best Business Schools" by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, UI's Henry B. Tippie School of Management offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, an MBA with a concentration in marketing, and a doctorate.

Graduate students have the option to consult for area companies at the school's Business Solutions Center and conduct experiments in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.

2. Iowa State University (ISU) (http://www.business.iastate.edu/undergraduate/prospective-students/choosing-your-major/marketing/)

Though ISU's College of Business doesn't rank as highly (#64) in "Best Business Schools" as UI, it has some strong degree options. You can pursue a Bachelor of Science with a major in marketing or an MBA. It does not, however, offer a doctorate specifically in marketing.

ISU has several on-campus labs, including the Virtual Reality Applications Center and the HCI User Experience Lab. and also offers optional study-abroad programs.

Professional Marketing Organizations in Iowa

Looking for networking and continuing education opportunities with Iowa's marketing community? Here are a few organizations that may be of assistance:

Iowa's business economy is much more than just agriculture, home to companies like Principal Financial, Casey's General Store, and Rockwell Collins, representing important economic sectors in Iowa, as national leaders in the insurance, retail, and aerospace industries, respectively.

One of Iowa's most profitable companies began as a small father-and-son business in 1933 in Cedar Rapids. Known then as the Collins Radio Company, Rockwell Collins began as an equipment store for the newly invented AM radio. It came to national prominence when it supplied radio equipment for an expedition to the South Pole, as well as for US space missions and the first US space station Skylab. The company acquired the “Rockwell” part of its name when Arthur Collins sold his venture to the manufacturing giant Rockwell International in 1973.

Today Rockwell Collins is valued at $12.77 billion, with around 20,000 employees and 2014 profits of $604 million. With the right degree from one of Iowa’s respected business schools you too could bring one of Iowa's 264,617 small businesses to the next level and achieve international success like Rockwell Collins.

Public, private, large, and small companies need qualified Iowa business school graduates at the helm. Many of today's CEOs, marketing managers, business communication specialists, HR directors, CFOs, and sales executives got their start with a bachelor's degree in business or an MBA. These degree programs can also include concentrations in finance, marketing, human resources, sales, and many other fields.

The following are examples of potential career paths you can pursue after completing specific degree programs:

  • CEO – MBA with a concentration in Management
  • CFO – MBA with a concentration in Finance
  • Director of Marketing – Bachelor's Degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing
  • Director of Finance – Bachelor's Degree in Business with a concentration in Finance
  • Human Resources Manager – Bachelor's Degree in Business with a concentration in HR
  • Budget and Financial Analyst – Bachelor's Degree in Business with a concentration in Finance

Prepping for a Business Career in Iowa

Understanding the nuances of Iowa's economy can help you tailor your education to a specific career or industry. In 2015, Iowa's Gross State Product (GSP) totaled $37.9 billion, generated by a total workforce of 1.63 million. The following numbers from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis show the contribution each of these sectors made to Iowa's GSP and the number of people they employed that year:

  • Finance and insurance – $20.0 billion, 95,606 employees
  • Real estate – $17.9 billion, 14,539 employees
  • Non-durable goods manufacturing – $16.2 billion, 87,472 employees
  • Health care and social services – $11.9 billion, 189,940 employees
  • Wholesale trade – $10.1 billion, 68,004 employees
  • Retail trade – $9.5 billion, 181,755 employees
  • Management of companies and enterprises – $2.2 billion, 19,226 employees

Iowa's Top Employers

  • Rock Island Arsenal – 8,500 employees
  • Deere and Company – 7,300 employees
  • Genesis Health System – 4,900 employees
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores – 4,100 employees
  • Trinity Regional Health System – 2,900

Iowa's Most Profitable Companies

  • Principle Financial – based in Des Moines and valued at $15.1 billion
  • Rockwell Collins – based in Cedar Rapids and valued at $12.8 billion
  • Casey's General Stores – based in Ankeny and valued at $3.5 billion
  • HNI – based in Muscatine and valued at $2.5 billion
  • American Equity Investment Life Holding – based in West Des Moines and valued at $2.2 billion

Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a traditional program encompassing 48 hours of hands-on study. The degree is offered as a full-time, two-year program and as a part-time program which can be completed in two-and-a-half-years or less. The curriculum is identical in both cases: after the 30 hours of core classes, you customize your degree by earning the remaining credits in electives in your area of interest. The school offers five specializations: accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain management and technology and innovation management. The school also offers several dual degree programs that combine an MBA with a bachelor's degree in engineering or chemistry, a Master of Science in information systems or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

University of Iowa

The full-time MBA from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa is an international field-intensive program that emphasizes analyzing and solving business challenges in the real world. Consulting projects (through the student-run Tippie Business Solutions Center) and an internship are every bit as important as foundation classes. This program uses individualized coaching by faculty and working executives to convey the "soft skills" so critical to leadership today. Areas of specialization are called "Career Academies" and are organized around marketing, finance and strategic innovation. The school also offers a part-time MBA-PM program that allows professionals and managers to earn their degree at night, over a period of two to 10 years, while continuing to work. Another alternative is the Executive MBA, a concierge program for experienced business leaders that takes care of the details so they can focus on the intensive course of study.

Drake University

The Drake MBA focuses on solving current business problems, emphasizing the application of classroom learning in actual business settings with technology playing an integral role. The degree can be earned in two years of part-time study. The program's 39 hours are spread among foundation courses and courses in an area of specialization, including accounting, entrepreneurial studies, executive development, finance resources, health care, human resources, marketing, non-profit management and operations management. In addition, three one-credit seminars provide an up-to-date understanding of issues such as managing turnarounds, country risk analysis, working with news media and behavioral finance. Drake has a comprehensive recruiter and career services program to help you find a job when you exit the program.

University of Dubuque

Earning your MBA at Dubuque can take you far from the banks of the Mississippi to places as far flung as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore - all locations where the university offers this degree, in addition to its Dubuque campus. This degree program is global in scope, yet also makes use of the school's deep ties to the local and regional business community. You will gain hands-on experience by working through a variety of business projects within this global and local community. Classes held at the Dubuque campus are scheduled in the evenings so that you can complete your degree in two and a half years while continuing to work.

Clarke University

An MBA at Clark University combines theory with experience in applying it. The curriculum is designed to accommodate working professionals with evening and weekend classes. Core classes give you a solid foundation in business, while electives allow you to specialize in project management, human resource management, finance or general business. In keeping with the school's Catholic heritage, this MBA program "promotes ethical and collaborative scholarship and business practice.

Top MBA Programs in Iowa


Full List of Schools

AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Ashford University (Clinton, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, International Business, Marketing
Central College (Pella, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing
Clarke University (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration
Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing
Eastern Iowa Community College District (Davenport, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Hospitality Management, Marketing
Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, IT Management, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Graceland University (Lamoni, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Grand View University (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Real Estate
Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Marketing
Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, IT Management, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Real Estate
Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management
Iowa Lakes Community College (Estherville, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Mason City, IA / Urbandale, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Luther College (Decorah, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, International Business, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Maharishi University of Management (Fairfield, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship
Marshalltown Community College (Marshalltown, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Morningside College (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Human Resources Management
(some programs offered online)
Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
Simpson College (Indianola, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, International Business, Marketing
Southeastern Community College (West Burlington, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship
(some programs offered online)
Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, IT Management, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
University of Phoenix (Cedar Rapids, IA / Des Moines, IA / West Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Upper Iowa University (Fayette, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Waldorf College (Forest City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing
William Penn University (Oskaloosa, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting

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