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UI wants M.S. in finance 

The University of Iowa requested approval for a new M.S. in finance program from the state Board of Regents on Wednesday.

According to regents’ documents, the program’s focus on quantitative finance and experiential learning set it apart from others. Combining education with experiences in the financial industry will allow students to see
firsthand what challenges they will face and how to solve them, the documents said.

“[The program] has a very strong faculty in the Department of Finance at our institution. They’re very highly qualified and have a great national reputation,” said John Keller, the UI associate provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate College.

Keller said the program will consist of between 40 and 45 semester hours, depending on whether the student is planning on doing a master’s with a thesis or a master’s without a thesis.

The regents’ documents also said the program is needed because the UI finance undergraduate program is one of the largest in the country; however, after graduation students leave the UI to find a graduate program such as the proposed M.S. in finance program.

— by Emi Bendler

UI seeks B.S. in environmental engineering 

The University of Iowa requested approval from the state Board of Regents to implement a B.S. degree in environmental engineering on Thursday.

According to regents’ documents, the proposed degree would correlate well with the UI’s current environmental engineering and science graduate program.

The documents also state that establishing the undergraduate program is important because students from Iowa currently must go out of state to get this education. If implemented, the program would be the first of its kind in the state of Iowa, the document said.

“It’s supported by our colleagues both at [the University of Northern Iowa] and Iowa State [University],” said Lon Moeller, the UI associate provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College. “And I think, when you look at the supporting letter from Iowa State in particular, there are some opportunities for collaboration between the two colleges.”

The documents also said the degree would provide students with what Forbes cites as the fifth-most-valuable major.

— by Emi Bendler 

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