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Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership


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The University of Iowa's Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership in Des Moines provides an option for students who want 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. It is designed to prepare students for career success, whether they desire to be innovators inside a large organization or aspire to be entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses one day. 

The program offers a combination of business and liberal-arts approaches and allows students to hone their skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership. Each course is delivered in an accelerated, 8-week format. This makes it possible for students to earn their degree quickly while still working full-time.


    Students are able to apply their innovative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to contemporary issues in order to develop strategies to seize upon opportunities and to build and lead successful teams. Graduates find rewarding careers in general management, business analysis, marketing and professional communications, management consulting, project management, and as founders or executives in startup businesses. Students are prepared to work in large corporations, small to medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations.

    The major in enterprise leadership is offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in the Tippie College of Business. The degree is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


    Students also benefit from the full support of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, which provides invaluable assistance and resources to support entrepreneurship and career development. Professional-development opportunities for students include:

    • Seminars
    • Networking events
    • Alumni mentorship

    For students seeking to launch a business or commercialize an invention, contact UI - JPEC on campus which offers:  

    • Technical assistance
    • State and national business competitions
    • Access to capital
    • Entrepreneurial training
    • Networking


        Want more info?

        Click here to request more information about the Des Moines Bachelor of Arts in Enterprise Leadership, or contact:


        Tara Lamb


        Phone: 319-384-4816

        ​​​​​​​Visit the program's website here.