UNI and DMACC partner to offer online bachelor’s degree programs in Des Moines

DMACC and UNI partner to offer online bachelor's program

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are entering into a new partnership that will provide DMACC students with a streamlined pathway to a four-year degree - all while benefiting from the convenience of the Des Moines location.

Known as “UNI at DMACC,” the new 2 + 2 program is designed for students to complete their first two years at DMACC, with the remaining two years completed through UNI on the DMACC Urban Campus. Students graduating from the program will earn a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree. Designed to make degree completion easier for DMACC students by eliminating the obstacles of relocation, the program will prepare even more students for careers that require a four-year degree.  

The partnership, developed by DMACC President Rob Denson and UNI President Mark Nook, was announced Wednesday at the DMACC campus as the result of more than a year of conversations centering around how to make a bachelor’s degree more convenient for the 5,000 students enrolled at the DMACC Urban Campus. The program will begin in the fall of 2020, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents.

The University of Northern Iowa’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree is designed for students who have completed a two-year degree and need a rigorous and flexible program that employers value. Initially, courses will be offered in an online format with staff present to support students in all aspects of the program. The potential exists to expand to additional offerings between the two schools. 

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