Buena Vista University

Category: Private not offering doctorate | State: Iowa

About Buena Vista University

Founded in 1891, Buena Vista University is an independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). BVU's main 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake. Enrollment is around 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus, with an additional 1,400 students enrolled at BVU Graduate & Professional Studies locations throughout Iowa. Cultural diversity is emphasized on the coeducational main campus through unique academic programs such as ACES (Academic & Cultural Events Series), international exchanges, and subsidized foreign travel.
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Why attend Buena Vista University

Over 1,400 students are enrolled at Buena Vista University's Graduate & Professional Studies locations, which has graduated more than 15,000 students since it started almost 40 years ago. Students in the Graduate & Professional Studies program appreciate the pace, academic rigor, class size, and the online or local community college campus class options that their BVU experience gives them. BVU's diverse menu of over 50 different programs offers options that meet your education needs, and you can combine online classes, face-to-face courses, and web-based classes to make scheduling even more convenient.

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Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamAccounting

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

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Biology

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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Business Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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Computer Science

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

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Elementary Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

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Exercise Science

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.

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Psychology

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

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Secondary Education & Teaching

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the secondary grades, which may include grades seven through twelve, depending on the school system or state regulations. May include preparation to teach a comprehensive curriculum or specific subject matter.

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Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

A program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. Includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $32,210 $32,210 $8,874 $8,874
Fees N/A N/A N/A N/A
Room $4,680 $4,680 N/A N/A
Board $4,624 $4,624 N/A N/A
Books $999 $999 $558 $558
Other Expenses N/A N/A N/A N/A
Totals $42,513 $42,513 $9,432 $9,432
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • ACT or SAT test score requirements waived for military students and veterans
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • On-campus living requirement for students at any point in their enrollment