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You’ll come here because you’re serious about your education- and we are too. With the help of a dedicated faculty that invest in you and your goals, you’ll build and achieve the education you want. As a community, we’re devoted to your success from start to finish- because we’re Beavers, and Beavers build.

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Academic Programs That Work For You

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Become the numbers expert you’re made to be when you learn to develop, interpret, and communicate data in any organizational setting.

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BVU’s agricultural business program provides training from industry experts in agricultural business administration and rural entrepreneurship. Apply today!

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BVU’s agricultural science program prepares students for successful careers in agriculture through concentrations in agronomy and animal science.

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BVU’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in agricultural studies provides further educational opportunity for students who have earned an AAS or AS.

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Animation students begin their academic career by building a foundation in traditional art and then focusing on advanced courses in the art of animated storytelling.

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BVU’s applied management major is designed to provide a quicker solution to desired job advancement...

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The pre-professional art therapy major prepares students to apply to graduate programs in art therapy.

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Arts management students are presented with opportunities that sharpen their artistic skill and deepen their understanding of art, theatre, or music.

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Earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees in just 5 years with this athletic training dual degree with Drake University.

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Develop exceptional professional competency by studying biology at BVU.

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The biomedical sciences bachelor’s degree program is fundamentally focused on the health sciences as a whole but leaves ample room for development of outside interests that enhance an application for professional schools.

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With strong foundational classes, BVU’s business major offers concentrations in management, marketing, sports business, ...

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BVU offers two tracks in chemistry — professional and liberal arts — so that you can customize your career path or continue on to graduate school.

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Learn how to tune yourself to the important relationship building that happens through our interactions with others.

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A computer science degree prepares you for a career in software development, computer security, robotics, information technology, and more.

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Corporate math teaches you the quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills needed to excel in today’s data-driven corporate environment.

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Students who major in digital media are prepared to become professional multimedia storytellers.

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BVU's education & training minor supports individuals involved in training in human services agencies and related organizations.

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Designed for students who have an interest in an education-oriented career beyond becoming a licensed teacher.

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An elementary education major prepares future teachers to teach grades kindergarten through six.

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Education Bachelor’s Degree Program The English language arts for secondary education program will prepare pre-service teachers to enter the teaching field...

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With a degree in English, you will study the language, stories, and poetry that shape our lives. English students sharpen their communication skills and explore literature, critical theory, cultural studies, and creative writing. Prepare for careers in a world shaped increasingly by the powers of text, imagination, and tale.

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The environmental science degree combines the disciplines of biological science, conservation science, and physical science into an integrated approach of studying the environment and the world around us.

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In light of the nation’s changing and ever-evolving health needs, BVU’s exercise science health education degree with teaching licensure minor prepares students to be outstanding health educators in the K-8 or 5-12 classroom.

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Students majoring in physical education and coaching learn in a variety of contexts including micro teaching within classrooms in area school districts,...

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The graphic design major prepares students to practice graphic design professionally in print, interactive, and motion design.

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The health services leadership major combines a knowledge base in management, psychology, social work, and sociology so that students gain a broad understanding of the factors that affect everyday operations of care givers.

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BVU’s kinesiology and exercise science bachelor’s degree provides students with a comprehensive and proactive academic and clinical education so that they can seek careers in a wide variety of health-related professions.

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This online master’s in special education program is intended to advance the skills of practicing professionals.

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The online Master of Education – Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction program provides four tracks designed for working teachers seeking to advance their career in the classroom.

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Hybrid

The heart of our program is the deep connections and valuable training that students experience during a summer course at BVU and a weekly live video class.

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BVU’s master’s in school counseling equips you to make a difference in elementary, middle, and high schools. Professional school counselors promote growth, enhance learning, and contribute to student success.

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Become the numbers expert you’re made to be when you learn to develop, interpret, and communicate data in any organizational setting.

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With the explosion of electronic devices and Internet access, music and video is used by just about everyone.

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The music major is divided into two categories: instrumental and vocal performance and instrumental and vocal education.

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The master’s in organizational leadership provides the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively lead people in an ever-changing work environment and can be completed in as few as 1.5 years.

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As a pre-engineering student at BVU, you’ll have access to a dual degree engineering program partnered with Washington University in St. Louis.

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Learn from biology and exercise science faculty who will help prepare you for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or athletic training.

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At BVU the experience and practice of the visual arts is an interdisciplinary pursuit.

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Secondary education students find their passion in a certifiable teaching subject with their desire to become a licensed educator in grades 5-12.

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The Spanish major enables students to become better communicators and more globally aware citizens.

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Special Education serves children and young adults with a variety of exceptionalities including learning disabilities, mild to moderate disabilities, behavioral disabilities, and cognitive disabilities.

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Whether in business, politics, sports, or the arts, effective communication campaigns are the foundation of success.

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At BVU, the experience and practice of the visual arts is an interdisciplinary pursuit.

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Theatre and media performance students become proficient problem-solvers by learning all aspects of theatre, including acting and directing, design and technical theatre, and theatre management—all while exploring specific vocational goals.

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BVU’s writing studies minor encourages students to view writing in terms of practice, process, and product in order to strengthen their abilities to respond to a variety of rhetorical situations.

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Virtual Commencement

Congratulations, graduates! Our faculty, staff, and students are pleased to bring you a virtual celebration of the 129th graduating class of Buena Vista University.

The virtual Commencement celebration includes many of the same components as our traditional ceremony, with messages from the Interim President, student speaker—and most importantly, the recognition of individual graduates.

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Find Your Fit

Learning Made Personal

At BVU, you’ll have a personalized learning experience, whether you’re a freshman, transfer student, graduate student, or completing your bachelor’s degree. Undecided on a major? Start out in our one-of-a-kind Exploratory Program and find your passion with the guidance of our dedicated staff.

Your Education, Your Way

BVU offers hybrid programs that combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly Zoom class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

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You Can Afford College

A Life-Changing Investment

Our Financial Assistance staff is committed to making college affordable. The majority of BVU students receive financial aid, with many receiving grants or merit-based scholarships as well. Learn more about Financial Assistance or see Tuition and Costs.

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Advance Your Career

Graduate Degrees that Go Beyond

Our online and hybrid programs help you achieve your professional goals with minimal interruption to your life. You will learn from faculty who care and gain the expertise you need to be an expert in your field.

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Beaver Visit Grant

Receive a $1,000 per year award when you make a virtual BVU visit to our Storm Lake campus! This is eligible to school seniors and college transfer students entering BVU in Fall 2021.

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