Pre-MBA Checklist - We are currently preparing details for the Fall 2016 checklist. Check back often for more updated information!
Your first semester at Tippie may mark a return to school after several years away from the books. Before classes begin, we recommend that you refresh your skills and get a head start on learning new information, as well as getting a jump on your internship search.
1. Tippie Jumpstart: A Head Start to Your MBA Job Search
MBA Career Services and the rest of the Tippie team is eager to partner with you in preparation of your internship search and career development. Tippie Jumpstart provides you with information and guidance to get you started toward job search success. Information will be sent to you via email about the Jumpstart program over the summer; look for this message at the email address you used during the application process. If you have committed to enrolling and not heard from Career Services within 4 weeks, please contact us.
2. New Student Information Form
This form collects information so we may order your personal items -- name badges, name plates, etc. -- and report class statistics to rankings publications. You'll receive a personal email from program staff with a link to the form. If you have not received your email by August 1, please contact us.
3. Purchase Textbooks
The list of required textbooks for Fall 2016 will be updated as the book list becomes available from faculty. You will need to have your books in hand on the first day of classes. Many students prefer to buy used editions online ahead of time to save money.
4. Review IMPACT Week schedule
The IMPACT Week schedule will be available mid-summer. Attendance at IMPACT is mandatory for all students. The schedule contains dress code information and all the details.
5. International Student Orientation (International students only)
Attendance is mandatory for all international students. Presented by the Office of International Students and Scholars, you may see the schedule here. Please plan to arrive in Iowa City no later than August 9, 2016.
6. Optional: Pre-arrival recommended work
While not required, it is strongly encouraged that you refresh your math and Excel skills before getting to Tippie. Please read here for more in-depth information about paid and free review options recommended by faculty and students.
In addition, we will be holding Accounting and Excel bootcamps on Saturday, August 20. More details to follow.
7. Optional: Writing Skills Review
Equally important to your success is the ability to communicate your analyses clearly. If you are unfamiliar with standard business communication formats, you may wish to review this material. Two excellent references are The Business Writer's Handbook by Charles T. Brusaw and The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing. International students who are not familiar with American standards or formats for business communications are strongly advised to review one of the above references.
8. Optional: Microsoft Office/Technology
The Tippie MBA is very quantitative in its approach to solving business problems and you will use computers extensively. For these reasons, it is important that your skills are current in basic tools for business analysis.
You will develop your computer skills as part of your coursework in your MBA program. While you will receive instructions on specific technical software, it will be very helpful if you are familiar with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software when classes begin. You will use Microsoft Office products throughout your MBA study.
The Saturday after IMPACT Week, an optional Microsoft Excel review will be available for incoming students. If you need instruction on other parts of the Microsoft Office suite, we recommend seeking out classes or workshops in your area, or reviewing the many self-study resources both online and at bookstores.
As an enrolled student, you can use your Student ID and proof of registration to purchase MS Office for free! Get yours at the University Book Store's Tech Connection with a valid student ID and proof of registration (MBA students register for classes during IMPACT, so you can purchase yours any time after that).
Computers and Technology
*MAC Users: Most but not all of the features you will need as a student are available on a Mac. However, we recommend getting well versed with the Windows Excel through Virtual Desktop feature which is available to anyone with a HawkID off and on campus. Please see here for more information (bottom of 2nd page).
View recommendations for computers and technology and the resources available to you as a Tippie MBA student. This information is also included in the admission binder sent to admitted students.