Iowa State University College of Business

Introduction
AACSB Accredited

Established in 1984, the College of Business is the third largest college at Iowa State.

The College provides an innovative educational experience linking theory with practice for tomorrow's business leaders.

The Gerdin Business Building provides a new high-tech home for the College of Business. The 111,000-square foot building, located on a campus recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Featuring wireless access and high-tech laboratories, our students and faculty can replicate real-world situations in areas such as securities trading, management information systems, and market research.

These new capabilities combined with a solid curriculum, nationally-recognized faculty, and welcoming atmosphere, provide business students with an innovative educational experience. Our technology and information-based curriculum links classroom theory with real-world practices taught by world-renowned scholars.

Students also benefit from faculty and staff who are dedicated, approachable, and responsive, creating an unmatched business education experience.

Educating Future Business Leaders

The College of Business at Iowa State University conducts and shares research to educate tomorrow’s business leaders so they are prepared to deal with multi-disciplinary, global, technological, ethical and diversity challenges.

History

Although business education has been taught at Iowa State University since the early 1920s, the College of Business was not established until 1984. Its fall 2015 enrollment is 4,485 — a 10% increase from fall 2014.

The college moved into the Gerdin Business Building in 2004. The 111,000-square foot building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including high-tech laboratories that allow students and faculty to replicate real-world business situations, like securities trading and market research.

Curriculum & Standards

These capabilities, combined with a solid curriculum, nationally-recognized faculty, and welcoming atmosphere, provide business students with an innovative educational experience. Students also benefit from faculty and staff who are dedicated, approachable, and responsive, creating an unmatched business education experience.

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Master of Accounting

Campus Full time 2 semesters January 2017 USA Ames

The Master of Accounting program is designed to meet the needs of accountants in public or private accounting focusing on interpreting and analyzing accounting information for decision-making. This program allows undergraduate accounting majors to complete an advanced degree while pursuing the additional hours needed to meet the 150 hour requirement in most states to become a Certified Public Accountant. [+]

The Master of Accounting program is designed to meet the needs of accountants in public or private accounting focusing on interpreting and analyzing accounting information for decision-making. This program allows undergraduate accounting majors to complete an advanced degree while pursuing the additional hours needed to meet the 150 hour requirement in most states to become a Certified Public Accountant. Graduates comply with the Iowa Standards for Certification upon passing the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination. Applicants to the program should have a strong academic record. Requirements for admission will generally be: GPA above a 3.25 (junior/senior GPA will be considered if better than overall) Grades of no worse than a B in all required accounting courses. Completed at least four upper division accounting courses, including Acct 387 Demonstrate strong professional communication skills through the required essays GMAT score of at least 50th percentile* GMAT writing of at least 4.5* Additional factors that will be considered are: Professional work experience including internships Leadership experience Strong references from professional work experience and faculty Convincing rationale for pursuing the degree Our Master of Accounting faculty are respected nationally and have been making a difference as editors and co-editors of the top journals in their areas of expertise. Our accounting faculty host annual training conferences for continuing education credits and provide external consulting. These external experiences provide a link for our students from the classroom to the real-world practice. This program is designed for undergraduate accounting majors. Applicants that do not have an undergraduate accounting degree will generally have to meet the same admission requirements. If you do not have an accounting degree, you will not be admitted until you have met the required prerequisites. Have more questions, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu *Applicants are generally required to complete a GMAT exam. If an applicant from Iowa State University has an undergraduate GPA in the accounting major over 3.25 in both overall GPA and at least four upper level accounting classes, and no grade lower than a B in any accounting class, the GMAT requirement will be waived. ... [-]

Master of Business Analytics

Campus Full time 21 months September 2017 USA Ames

The Master of Business Analytics is an interdisciplinary graduate program that addresses the challenges of dealing with data analytics and business intelligence in the “Big Data” environment. It was developed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and organizations facing intense global competition and constant technological disruptions. [+]

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The Master of Business Analytics is an interdisciplinary graduate program that addresses the challenges of dealing with data analytics and business intelligence in the “Big Data” environment. It was developed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and organizations facing intense global competition and constant technological disruptions. The digital revolution empowered by the Internet and computer networking technology during the last several decades has generated unimaginable amounts of data. The volume, velocity, and variety of this data have produced a new set of problems and challenges facing businesses and organizations. The Master of Business Analytics at Iowa State University is a unique, blended program offering both online and face-to-face education. The program draws from several of Iowa State’s leading educational fields in science and technology including Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, and Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. This interdisciplinary program offers businesses the opportunity to develop managers who will master analytics in ways that lead to increased profits for their company. The program provides a foundation in data analytics, project management, statistical and predictive modeling, consumer sentiment analysis, knowledge discovery, analytical reporting, segmentation analysis, and data visualization. The program has a customized, capstone team project which allows for focused training in areas such as fraud detection, risk management, text mining, and process improvement. Students begin the 21 month program in the summer with a one-week, on campus business analytics overview course. Students revisit the campus at the midway point, and at the end of the program. The remainder of the coursework is delivered online. Students are encouraged to submit the complete application by July 1st because of limited enrollment. For more information, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu [-]

Master of Finance

Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters September 2017 USA Ames

The Master of Finance (MFin) degree at Iowa State is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate finance, financial analysis, investing and wealth management, and risk management. [+]

The Master of Finance (MFin) degree at Iowa State is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate finance, financial analysis, investing and wealth management, and risk management. Although not a “quant” program, the Iowa State MFin emphasizes more quantitative methods and skills than either an undergraduate finance degree or MBA program. As the field of Finance has become more quantitative, employers are increasingly asking for and valuing hard analytical skills. Among other core finance topics such as financial analysis and valuation, MFin students will learn advanced regression techniques and programming approaches for data analysis, time series analysis and forecasting, use of probability distributions, optimization techniques, modelling of financial and risk variables, simulation techniques, value at risk measurement, and tools for effective risk management. These tools will equip students to effectively analyze and solve problems encountered in today’s rapidly changing financial environment. The ISU MFin program is designed to meet the diverse needs of recent undergraduates, finance professionals, economists, engineers, computer scientists, and others who are considering a new career in the field of finance. The Iowa State Master of Finance provides you with: A strong foundation in mathematical optimization, statistics, and econometrics Detailed knowledge in the primary functional areas of Finance — Corporate, Investments, and Derivatives and Risk Management — with numerous electives that build on this foundation A range of advanced skills and analytical tools for sound financial decision-making Small classes, allowing ample interaction with nationally recognized faculty who are engaged in cutting edge research. State of the art facilities, all major accounting and financial databases, and over a dozen Bloomberg data terminals – the industry standard Outstanding career services professionals to help you find employment and launch your career. In 2011 the ISU MBA program ranked third in the nation for job placement, with 96.3% of students accepting jobs within three months of graduation A beautiful campus in the heart of the Midwest The 40 required credits can be completed comfortably in three semesters. However, students are encouraged to view this as a two-year program and to take more than the minimum number of credits if their schedule allows. Students are encouraged to explore electives from Economics or Statistics as well as other business disciplines such as Accounting or Information Systems. Tuition and Textbooks Tuition for the Master of Finance program is the same as the tuition for the MBA program. You should also plan to spend between $500 and $1,000 on textbooks each semester and factor this into your cost of education. Many of these will serve as valuable references and become part of your professional library. For more information, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ames

The College of Business offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Information Systems. This degree is designed to provide students with a strong set of technical skills in addition to a broad background in business to enable them to develop and manage a full spectrum of IT projects. [+]

The College of Business offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Information Systems. This degree is designed to provide students with a strong set of technical skills in addition to a broad background in business to enable them to develop and manage a full spectrum of IT projects. Iowa State University has created a Master of Science degree in Information Systems to address the growing demand for qualified information systems managers. Graduates will help fill the need for highly educated technical employees in today’s information society. This program will educate students on applying IS theory and concepts to modern IS development through classes that enable students to learn and use the latest software in application projects. The practical training in an internship setting will provide students with exposure to real-world projects. Students graduating from the program will have the advanced technical and managerial skills necessary to obtain immediate employment as a mid-level manager in any one of several organizations. All students are expected to be familiar with basic computing and programming before entering the program. Students with a limited IS background will be required to take appropriate foundational MIS core courses. The MS-IS is designed as a full-time, residential program offered on the Iowa State campus. Program requirements range from 33 to 42 credits depending on the student’s background. A three credit creative component is required of all graduates. Additionally, students are expected to complete an internship during the summer between the first and second year to acquire practical work experience. For more information, please contact busgrad@iastate.edu [-]

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Iowa State University College of Business

Address Gerdin Business Building 2200
Ames 50011-1350, United States
Website http://www.business.iastate.edu/
Phone +1 (515) 294-6060