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International Student Admission

In addition to meeting all other Professional MBA admission requirements, international students who wish to apply for admission to the Professional MBA Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.

Degree Equivalency

  • To inquire about your international degree equivalency, scan and email a copy of your marks sheets/transcripts and diploma, along with your request to have your degree reviewed, to
  • If you are admitted or approved for PreMBA status, the Office of International Admissions requires you to submit your official mark sheets (transcripts) and diploma, as well as a translated copy if the original is not in English. The originals will be needed for review but will be returned to you.

English Language Exam Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants for Pre-MBA and formal MBA admission EXCEPT:

  1. Applicants who were educated solely in English for their undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree. The academic documents must confirm that all degree coursework was completed in English.
  2. Applicants who have requested and completed a successful admissions interview with a representative from the Professional MBA Program. You may request an admissions interview by e-mailing We will schedule the interview for you.

Score Requirements

Exam Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet-based test100
Computer test250
Paper test600
IELTS* 7.0 (total score)
6.0 (sub-score)
*All EILTS test-takers will be required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation.

Score Reporting

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Please request an official TOEFL or IELTS report from the testing agency to be sent to:

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396 USA

The University of Iowa institutional code is 6681.

  • Expired scores: Your score will be considered expired if the exam was taken more than two years prior to submission of your application. If your score has expired, you must retake the exam and submit the official scores before the application deadline.
  • Required scores: See chart above. For TOEFL, the minimum score will differ depending on whether you took the computer, Internet-based, or paper exam. Applicants who score below the minimums should retake the exam and achieve a score above the minimum before applying.

Health Insurance Requirement

International students enrolled in classes at the University of Iowa are also required to have health insurance. See more information on this requirement.


The most common type of visa classification for our students is an H-1B visa status. However, if you are here on a different visa type, you may still be eligible for admission. The Professional MBA is a part-time program, and as such does not admit students who hold a visa that requires enrollment as a full-time student. If you would like to receive more personalized answers regarding your particular visa status, please contact an Professional MBA program representative.

View additional information for international students at the Office of Admissions website.