Welcome to the Iowa MBA

We're thrilled that you're part of the Iowa MBA community. There's plenty to do before you begin your first class, and we know you're busy, so we've laid it all out for you. Check out the steps below to get started. At the bottom of the page, see some resources and services at your disposal.

Getting started

Step 1. Activate your HawkID Shortly after you're admitted to the program, you'll receive an email with HawkID setup instructions from admissions@uiowa.edu. Activate your HawkID and create a password. It may take up to 24 hours to access all UI systems, including your uiowa.edu email account. In the meantime, you can still complete Step 2 below.
Step 2. Sign up to attend the Iowa MBA Virtual New Student Welcome Event Learn insights from current student, faculty, and staff for a successful program start. Register to attend.
Step 3. Complete New Student Orientation

This online, self-paced tutorial is designed to guide you through important steps to prepare for your classes and program.

Where to find Orientation: One or two business days after you activate your HawkID, you'll be added to the course and receive an email invitation in your uiowa.edu email account from "University of Iowa <notifications@instructure.com>" with the subject line "Course Invitation." Log into your uiowa.edu email account using your HawkID and password to find the invitation link.

Short on time? If you aren't able to complete the step above prior to getting registered or starting class, you should review this New Student Guide and complete the items noted in the checklist on page 2.

Resources and services

The following resources and services are available to current students in the Iowa MBA and Professional Certificate Programs.

Computer requirements & software

We recommend using a computer that meets these requirements:

Operating System: Windows 10 or higher (Mac is not recommended, but see the college's computer recommendation for information about running Windows on a Mac.)
Memory: Minimum of 8GB RAM recommended
Processor Speed: Minimum of Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Hard Drive/SSD: 256 GB or larger
Wireless: Any card that supports 802.11 n/ac protocols and WPA2 Enterprise
See also: Technology for Online Courses

Need the latest version of Microsoft Office? As a UI student, you can get popular software for a fraction of the retail price through the Campus Software Program. Just need it for a short while? Get the program you need online through Virtual Desktop. For details, go to the ITS software website.

Student ID card 

Enrolled students are eligible to receive a University of Iowa student identification (ID) card. You will learn about the ways you can get your ID card in a section of New Student Orientation. Obtaining a student ID card is optional.

Disability and veteran services

Additional resources and services, including ways to prepare for quantitative coursework, are available in a Student Services Resource Site for Tippie Iowa MBA, Business Analytics & Professional Certificate students in ICON. You will receive an invitation to this site at the same time you receive an invitation to the New Student Orientation site.