Entrance Exam Requirement
The Professional MBA program accepts either the GMAT or GRE for admission. However, we strongly recommend that if you have not yet taken either exam that you complete the GMAT due to its long history as a business school entrance exam. This chart explains the differences between the two tests.
- About the GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized, computer-adaptive test that measures verbal, mathematical, reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
- About the GRE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized, computer-based test that measures basic verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
If your score falls below the first quartile (lower than 25%), we recommend retaking before applying. GMAT and GRE scores are good for five years after the test date; your application must be submitted before scores expire.
- Target GMAT Score: 520+
- Target GRE Score: 153+ Quantitative, 153+ Verbal
The admissions committee carefully considers each piece of an application and uses test scores as one predictor of academic performance in the program. Explore our list of GMAT/GRE preparation resources.
- Where can I get more information about the GMAT or GRE?
- How do I register for the GMAT or GRE?
- How do I prepare?
- How do I submit my test results to the Professional MBA program?
- Is there a minimum score required for admission?
- Can I waive the GMAT/GRE?
- I took the GMAT/GRE more than five years ago. Do I have to retake it?
- I didn't do so well on the test; should I still apply?
Where can I get more information about the GMAT or GRE?
Both sites include review materials, practice tests, and how and where you can take the tests.
How do I register for the GMAT or GRE?
GMAT: Register at www.mba.com. There are testing centers in Des Moines, Iowa City/Coralville, and the Quad Cities. To find the testing center nearest you, go to www.mba.com and create an account, then search for the nearest location under Schedule a GMAT Exam.
GRE: Register through the ETS website, or by calling 866-473-4373. GRE testing centers are located throughout the world. In Iowa, there are five testing centers, including Des Moines, Coralville, and Davenport.
How do I prepare?
For suggestions, visit our GMAT/GRE Preparation page.
How do I submit my test results to the Professional MBA program?
For both tests, score reports are available for five years after the test date. Your application must be submitted before scores expire.
GMAT: You will get your quant, verbal, and integrated reasoning scores immediately upon completing the test. On test day, you should select the University of Iowa Professional MBA Program to receive your score report. We are listed under University of Iowa as (4RL-2J-61) Professional MBA Program.
To send results of a prior GMAT to us, visit www.mba.com and request an additional score report. Our program code is 4RL-2J-61.
GRE: After reviewing your unofficial score at the test center you must request that the testing service send your score report to the University of Iowa Professional MBA Program for your application to be considered complete. The Professional MBA Program receives scores under the University of Iowa institution code 6681.
To send results of a prior GRE to us, visit www.ets.org/gre and request an additional score report. Our program code is 6681.
Is there a minimum test score required for admission?
Our average GMAT score is approximately 570. Our average GRE score is approximately 153 on both the verbal and quant sections.
A wide range of scores are accepted based on the strength of the complete application. If you take the test more than once, the admissions committee will consider only your highest score. If your score is in the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.
Can I waive the GMAT/GRE?
The GMAT/GRE will be waived for applicants who have earned a master's degree or terminal degree (PhD, MD, JD, PharmD) that meets these criteria:
- The degree was earned from an accredited U.S. postsecondary institution listed on the U.S. Department of Education accredited schools' list. An advanced degree earned from a non-U.S. postsecondary institution will be considered for a waiver by exception.
- The applicant must have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
An applicant granted the waiver who has not successfully completed (grades of B [3.0] or greater) courses that demonstrate the ability to manage the quantitative rigor of the MBA may be admitted on a conditional basis.
To request a waiver, please email your request along with a scanned copy of your graduate transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts will be required for the waiver to be finalized.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
I took the GMAT/GRE more than five years ago. Do I have to retake it?
You do not have to retake the test if:
You have earned an advanced terminal degree such as the Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. from an accredited U.S. institution.
You meet all three of the following criteria:
- Completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution
- Received an acceptable GRE score and your previous institution can provide documentation of your score (as determined by the Professional MBA admissions committee)
- Earned a satisfactory graduate-level grade-point average (3.0 out of 4.0 or above)
To apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver:
- Scan and email your request with unofficial copies of your graduate transcript and GRE score report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
I didn't do so well on the test; should I still apply?
The GMAT/GRE is a very important factor in the admissions decision because it's usually an indicator of future performance in the classroom. A strong application in all other areas—in particular your work background, undergraduate GPA, and pre-MBA GPA—can certainly help to make up for a slightly low score. If your score falls within the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.