Partnership Will Fast-Track Grinnell College Students to Study Finance at UI’s Tippie College of Business

February 03, 2021

The University of Iowa and Grinnell College have formed a new partnership that will streamline the process for Grinnell students to be admitted to the Master of Science in Finance program in the university’s Tippie College of Business.

The agreement will allow Grinnell seniors to apply for admission to the Tippie graduate program provided they meet certain requirements for GPA and course completion. Qualified students will receive conditional admission to the master’s program pending their graduation from Grinnell. Up to five admission slots in the program will be reserved for Grinnell students.

Barrett Thomas, senior associate dean of Tippie College, is a 1997 graduate of Grinnell and retired member Grinnell’s Board of Trustees. “Grinnell’s commitment to open inquiry was a formative part of my early education, and I was drawn to the Tippie College of Business because of its similar commitment to training students to think critically and creatively. This partnership is win-win.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for Grinnell students pursuing a career in finance. When you combine this program’s course offerings and expansive experiential learning opportunities with Grinnell’s exceptional liberal arts education, I think you’ll find our graduates will be well poised to launch a career in business and finance,” said Mark Peltz, Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean, Center for Careers, Life, and Service at Grinnell College.

Tom Rietz, professor of finance and department executive officer of the Tippie College’s finance department, says the agreement will provide a route for Grinnell students interested in careers in finance a leg up to a world class graduate program. For the university, it will build a pipeline to attract some of Grinnell’s outstanding undergraduate students.

The partnership takes effect with students in Grinnell’s graduating class of 2021. Grinnell students who are interested in learning more about this opportunity can contact Mike Lawrence, director of the Business & Finance Career Community.

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