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MBA Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Is the UNI MBA in HK and China the same degree as the MBA is in the US?

    Yes. Students received their MBA degree from the University of Northern Iowa. There is nothing printed on the degree or on the transcript to indicate that the MBA classes were taken in Hong Kong or China rather than the UNI campus. That is because the MBA program offered at the two locations is the same. All graduating students can choose to come to Cedar Falls, Iowa and participate in the commencement service!

  • How much previous education do I need before I can start the UNI MBA program?

    Students need to have earned a degree that is approximately equivalent to a 4-year U.S. undergraduate degree. This may include a program that required 5 years of high school (rather than just four) and then three years of college. Students in the program have degrees from many different institutions in Hong Kong, the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

  • What Information do I have to provide concerning my education?

    You are required to have official transcripts mailed directly from all the institutions where you studied to UNI. These official transcripts must be received before you can be fully admitted to the MBA program. However, by providing a copy of your transcripts to Hopkins, these can be evaluated and used to determine if you can start the program. You do not have to wait until UNI receives the official transcripts.

  • Who teaches the MBA classes?

    The majority of classes are taught by UNI faculty members. There professors travel to Hong Kong and China and teach the face-to-face component of the courses. Occasionally, local faculty with significant work experience and outstanding academic credentials may teach in the program.

  • How many MBA classes do I have to take?

    The program consists of 10 courses plus the business capstone experience.

  • What if I have to miss a class?

    Attendance policies are set by each MBA faculty member. Faculty members include their policies in their syllabi. If you review the schedule, and find that you must miss a significant portion of the course, then you need to notify the faculty member well in advance and ask if this will be a problem. If it is, then you would discuss with the MBA Program Director the possibility of deferring the course. This deferment may or may not impact when you complete the program. There is a charge associated with a deferment.
    We try to provide to you the course schedule half year in advance. We hope that this allows each student to plan work related travel around their courses. Again, if this is not possible, then deferment is an option.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    All of the courses can be completed in approximately 14 months. The business capstone experience, a team based project, is started following all of the courses. The teams finish the project over approximately a three-month period.

  • Are books included in the tuition?

    Books are not included in the tuition fee. The costs of books for each course ranges from $25 U.S. (for a course packet of readings) to approximately $100 U.S. for a finance textbook. Occasionally both a course packet and a book must be purchased. Students can purchase books from a variety of sources, including Hopkins. Prices for books are set by the publishers and/or the book source. Neither UNI nor Hopkins receives money from textbook sales. The cost of a course packet includes the copyright permissions purchased that allow us to reproduce the materials for you.

  • How do I order my transcript to UNI?

    Transcripts requests are made to the Registrar's office. The request must be made by you. No other entity can request a copy of your transcript. There is a charge for a copy. Payment can be made with credit card.

News & Events

UNI Cocktail Reception 2015

To celebrate Prof. William Ruud taking up the 10th Presidency of UNI and the graduates who completed all the hard work and achieved their degree, the night before the 2015 commencement ceremony, a cocktail reception was held in New World Millennium Hotel Hong Kong on June 27. A total of over 80 great friends, alumni, graduates, families and VIPs from UNI attended the gathering....

UNI Exchange Gathering in HK 2013

An exchange gathering for UNI students in HK and US was held on May 20, 2013. Twelve MBA student guests from UNI campus, together with Dean Moussavi and his wife, paid a trip to Hong Kong for a few days visiting the SFC (Securities and Futures Commission) and a multi-national company, experiencing the different but rich culture of Hong Kong, and meeting the local MBA students. Before coming to Hong Kong, they visited the University’s partner in Shanghai and tasted the traditional culture and economic development of the largest city in China....

UNI MBA HK Football Team IN ACTION and Dinner at Jumbo!!!

The UNI HK Football Team was showing its performance in a friendly match in Wong Cheuk Hang on June 14, 2008. It was almost the only non-rainy day in the whole month - such great weather was obviously welcoming the great show. Most of the players and staff were present in the match, including the Manager Allen, Coach Moussavi, Assistant Coach Wilson, Team Staff Bob and Nancy, and the Captain of the Cheer Ladies Amy...

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