Online Learning

Students receive the same high-quality instruction, the ability to complete their degree entirely online, and access to both instructor and self-paced course options. The end result is a highly-respected University of Iowa degree. We know you will find your program both intellectually challenging and rewarding.

Mission and Vision Statement

CLAS Online Education is intended to provide opportunities for those who are place-bound to earn a degree or certificate from our College and to provide life-long learners with the opportunity to earn credentials that will advance their position in the work place or that may lead to a new career. Online education in the College also supports on-campus student success in a four-year time-line for graduation by providing students with schedule flexibility to enroll in GE classes or classes required for the major. The content of CLAS online courses are interactive and dynamic, encouraging student feedback and student interaction. Because of CLAS’s rigorous approval process and its regular review of online offerings, students are assured of the equally high quality of both on-campus and online courses, degrees, and certificates.

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Undergraduate Programs

The University of Iowa offers a variety of online undergraduate degree options. Certificate programs are also available. All programs are accredited and have been developed in conjunction with the academic college issuing the degree.

BS (Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management)

The Department of Health and Human Physiology offers an online B.S. degree in sport and recreation management. Concentration areas available for the online degree include business studies, coaching and sport instruction, entrepreneurship, and interscholastic athletic/activities administration. The online program enables students to complete their B.S. degree from anywhere in the world. For more information, contact the Department of Health and Human Physiology.

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BA (Bachelor of Arts in Social Work) on location in Des Moines

The University of Iowa, School of Social Work launched the BA in Social Work program in Des Moines Fall 2010. Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the program is administered by the School of Social Work in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education.

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BA in Political Science

The Department of Political Science is pleased to offer the political science major online. Intended for those who are not able to attend courses on campus, the online program enables students to complete an undergraduate degree with a major in political science from anywhere in the world without sacrificing a quality education.

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BAS (Bachelor of Applied Studies)

To be admitted to the BAS program, you must have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Arts (AA), 60 semester hours (s.h.) of transferable college credit including all career-technical course work, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above for Iowa community college graduates, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for other applicants.

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BLS (Bachelor of Liberal Studies)

In order to graduate from the University of Iowa with your Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) you must have at least 120 semester hours from all sources, with a maximum of 60 semester hours credit from two-year institutions or as part of an associate degree program.

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BA (Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership)

The Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership major provides an option for students wanting to focus on entrepreneurial business leadership. The major presents a unique blend of skills, theory, and content, encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills to entrepreneurial and growing organizations.

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Graduate Programs

The University of Iowa provides you with the tools you need to take your career to the next level by pursuing one of our graduate degrees.

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication

The Online Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication serves current and aspiring communication professionals by combining the rigorous standards of a University of Iowa education with the convenience of online accessibility.

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Master of Social Work

The School of Social Work offers a three-year, part-time online MSW program for those in Iowa and contiguous states who are unable to access our programs in Sioux City, Des Moines, Iowa City and Quad Cities. The online MSW program prepares students for professional macro social work practice such as program supervision, case management, hospice work, medical social work, school social work, policy, advocacy, community organizing, direct social justice work, agency management etc. rather than direct mental health practice.

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All of our programs are accredited and have been developed in conjunction with the academic college issuing the degree and will be noted on your official University of Iowa transcript.

Certificate for Interscholastic Athletics/Activities Director

The certificate is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at The University of Iowa regardless of college affiliation.

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Certificate in Writing

The Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are excited to announce that the Certificate in Writing is now available online. Designed with the intention of reaching students who are not able to attend courses on campus, our online program allows nondegree-seeking, professional, or distance education participants the opportunity to take advantage of the University of Iowa’s impressive culture of writing from anywhere in the world.

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Certificate in Aging & Longevity Studies

Students successfully completing 18 semester hours of approved coursework who have also completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree will be awarded a certificate by the Registrar and an entry will be made on the student's transcript indicating completion of the requirements for the Aging & Longevity Studies Program.

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Certificate in Geographical Information Studies

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to work with geographic information and prepare individuals to work in this growing profession. The certificate course work helps build a knowledgeable geospatial workforce that understands how to use GIScience properly and applies this understanding to improve transportation systems, improve water quality, or make companies more productive.

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Certificate in Museum Studies

The undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies provides a broad foundation in the systems, policies, and practices applied to the work of museums and cultural organizations. In addition to fundamental theory and histories, courses spotlight current developments in the field such as digital collections management, interpretation, audience engagement, institutional planning, and program evaluation. Through hands-on internships, service learning projects, and community collaborations students build essential skills and learn best practices and approaches from professionals currently working in the field.

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