Upper Iowa University

Center for Distance Education

Online Fayette, IA Private Regional Accreditation

School at a Glance

44 Years of distance learning
3,000 total students
35 degree programs View Programs
5 certificate programs View Programs


Distance Learning for Undergraduate Students

Upper Iowa University (UIU) offers students global access to online programs and self-paced study opportunities. Students can complete bachelor's degrees through one of the university's 25 U.S. locations without residency requirements. The asynchronous nature of the online courses also allows students to participate in class activities on their own schedule. The flexibility and convenience of these programs makes them popular among students, such as military personnel, who are unable to participate in traditional college classes. Many students combine face-to-face classes with online courses to earn their degrees; and some majors, like the bachelor of science in nursing, are offered in this hybrid format.

UIU is nationally recognized for its achievements in distance education. For the past three years, the Upper Iowa University online bachelor’s degrees have been ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report.

30 Bachelor's Degrees Available

The UIU online program offers 30 majors to undergraduates, in addition to eight undergraduate certificate programs and four post-graduate certificate programs. UIU's simple and convenient transfer policy also allows students the opportunity to transfer up to 90 credit hours when entering their bachelor's program from another four-year college. These programs are taught by faculty members who are successful and knowledgeable experts in their given fields.  In addition, UIU offers four associate degrees in criminal justice, general business, liberal arts and psychology. Every eight weeks, students enroll for two full-credit courses. There are six, eight-week terms each year including two summer terms.

UIU Self-Study Program

Since 1973, Upper Iowa University has offered a range of certificates and associate and bachelor’s to students around the world through the self-study program. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the program is modeled after a traditional correspondence learning program but offers students more flexibility than traditional coursework. The program offers students access to more than 100 courses that can be completed as quickly as other UIU courses, or students can work at their own pace and take up to six months to complete each course. Courses are now also available in a web-based format.

Professional Certificate Programs

Upper Iowa University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to complete eight professional certificates: art administration, communication studies, emergency and disaster management, human resources management, management, marketing, organizational leadership and psychology. Each certificate allows students to complete a group of interrelated courses to gain experience in a specific area. Since certificate programs are drawn directly from regular UIU courses, many students choose to complete a certificate program while working toward their degrees.

Certificates may be earned through any UIU learning experience. They may be completed for credit or for non-academic credit.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Upper Iowa University works with students to try to keep their post-graduation debt as low as possible. There are a growing number of UIU scholarships awarded annually to students studying at UIU education centers or through the online program. Each of the four UIU academic schools and many of the academic programs also have scholarships available that are awarded annually.

Iowa residents may also be eligible for Iowa Tuition Grants, which provide the difference between UIU tuition and the average tuition at the three state universities. Qualifying students in UIU's distance education program may also be eligible to receive veterans' benefits.

Upper Iowa University -- A Model for Distance Education

Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, has been offering students opportunities for educational success since their first classes began in 1857. The university has a long history of providing flexible, quality programs with a student-centered approach to education. They have been a multiple-recipient of the Governor's Volunteer Award for achievements in student leadership and community service, and have received additional awards and recognitions from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACMA) and the Corporation for National Community Service. The university is also widely recognized as an innovator in online and independent study. 

As early as the 1970s, UIU began exploring off-campus education and began establishing education centers in the 1980s.  Today, UIU has 25 educational centers around U.S. cities, military bases, and locations in Asia. The University has consistently been ranked as a military-friendly school and in 2014, was one of the first three universities in the state of Iowa to be designated as a “Home-Base Iowa CHAMP.”

Distance Learning for Graduate Students

In addition to offering some master’s degrees at its education centers, UIU offers graduate programs completely online. Current master’s degrees include Master of Business Administration (with emphases in accounting, corporate financial management, general management, human resources management and organizational development); Master’s of Education, with available online emphases in higher education, instructional strategist/special education, reading and teacher leadership; and a Master’s of Public Administration (with emphases in emergency management and homeland security, health and human services, public management, non-profit organizational management, organizational management, government administration, and general study).

Two additional master’s degrees are being launched in 2015. The master of science degree in counseling is an intensive 60-hour, three-year program that will prepare students for careers in mental health counseling. The program includes clinical hours. The second new master’s degree is the Master in Sports Administration, which will prepare graduates for the growing number of careers related to college-level and professional sports.

For more information, go to http://www.uiu.edu/distance.

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Degree Programs

Upper Iowa University Offers the Following Degree Programs Online

Certificate Programs

Upper Iowa University Offers the Following Certificate Programs Online

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Anthony DiJohn Director of Admissions 800-553-4150 info@uiu.edu
Center for Distance Education PO Box 1857 Fayette IA 52142

Head of Distance Learning

Barbara Schultz Assistant Vice President, Center for Distance Education 563-425-5283 schultzb@uiu.edu
Center for Distance Education Center for Distance Education PO Box 1861 Fayette IA 52142

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