Prospective Students

Starting Options

There are two ways to enter the Professional MBA Program, and four start times each year.

Start Times

  • January (Spring semester)
  • May (first summer session)
  • July (second summer session)
  • August (Fall semester)

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Timeline: potential start times - January, May, July, August.

Spring & Fall

  • 12-Week Courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., one day per week, with courses offered Monday - Thursday.
  • 4-Week Intersession Courses: Meet Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • 10-Week Courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., one day per week, with courses offered Monday - Thursday.
  • 6-Week Courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., two days per week, with courses often held on Mondays & Thursdays.


  • 3-Week Courses: Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, either five days consecutively or over two weeks.

Full Admission

If an MBA from the University of Iowa is your goal, and you have time to complete the GMAT/GRE prior to the application deadline, apply for full admission to secure the benefits enjoyed by admitted students:

  • Advance priority registration
  • More financial aid availability
  • Greater enrollment flexibility

PreMBA Status

This is a simple way to "try out" the Professional MBA Program, or to get a quick start if you haven't yet taken the MBA entrance exam. It allows you to:

  • Enroll in the same classes as admitted students
  • Earn graduate credit that counts toward your degree upon admission
  • Benefit from the same faculty, staff, and level of support as admitted students

You can take up to five (5) courses in PreMBA status; to continue after that point, you must complete the full admission process.