The University of Northern Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College have partnered to expand pathways to online degree completion opportunities for students located in and around Des Moines. This partnership expands on a 20+ year history of collaboration with the Elementary Education BA 2+2 program currently offered in Carroll and Ankeny. 

Four programs are currently available to DMACC students who wish to continue their education and complete a four-year degree, and all programs can be completed without the need to attend classes in Cedar Falls. Learn more about each of the programs below!

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Degree Completion Pathways:

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)

This degree provides place-bound students with a convenient, flexible alternative to the traditional path to a bachelor's degree. The program is fully accredited and allows you to finish your degree from where you live. This broad-based liberal arts degree focuses on developing the skills students need to excel in the workforce.

Managing Business and Organizations Bachelor of Applied Science

NEW! Designed for Associate of Applied Science graduates, this degree completion program focuses on the development of knowledge and professional competencies needed to serve effectively in managerial and supervisory roles.

Criminal Justice Bachelor of Applied Science

Providing a seamless pathway to a bachelor's degree, this program is designed for Associate of Applied Science graduates and provides a solid background for career advancement in the fields of criminal justice, including corrections, courts, policing and private security.

Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts

UNI and DMACC have partnered for 20+ years to offer this program. Offering place-bound students a pathway to a bachelor's degree without having to leave their community, the Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts program prepares those with an Associate of Arts degree for a career in teaching.


  • Degree programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of nontraditional students who cannot travel to Cedar Falls to attend classes on the UNI campus.

  • An advisor is assigned to each student and provides a highly individualized experience to assist students in navigating their journey to completing a bachelor's degree.

  • Distance students can take advantage of the same set of comprehensive support services that are available to on-campus students.

  • We strive to make high-quality degree completion opportunities as accessible to students as possible. Students in these programs pay UNI's standard tuition rate and minimal student fees. Financial Aid is also available.

For more information:
Phone: 1-800-648-3864
Email: UNIatDMACC@uni.edu