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Tippie Executive MBA Program Recognized in The Economist's Inaugural EMBA Ranking

This is the first year that The Economist has ranked Executive MBA programs, and the Tippie Executive MBA Program came in at #29 within the United States and #60 internationally.

"We've known that our Executive MBA Program is strong and this ranking helps demonstrate that against our peers," states Tippie Dean Sarah Fisher Gardial.

The Tippie Executive MBA Program is a full-service accelerated MBA program that caters to the needs of its busy professional students. The program is offered in both Iowa City and Des Moines, is taught by Iowa's world-class faculty, and includes an international seminar. The average student has 15+ years of work experience and ranges in age from 30 to 55. While some students pay for the program on their own, many are supported by their employers. In order to make it easier for these business leaders to earn their degree, the MBA staff handles all details for the program from registration to books and parking.

The next cohort of the Iowa City Executive MBA Program begins in August of 2013 while the Des Moines program begins in January 2014. The Iowa City program utilizes a schedule of one class per week (rotating between Fridays and Saturdays) while the Des Moines program’s classes are both Friday and Saturday of every other week (providing one week off between class sessions). Each program has no classes in the summer.

In addition, Iowa also offers an Executive Engineer Dual Master's Degree Program every 4-5 years. This program combines the Iowa Executive MBA degree with a Master's of Engineering Management from Iowa State University and takes 2½ years to complete (one semester longer than the standard program).

"Iowa's program has an excellent reputation and our alumni have gone on to impressive leadership positions," states Dawn Kluber, director of the Iowa Executive MBA Program. "We appreciate that The Economist ranking recognizes the strength of the program."

The ranking measures business schools on two broad criteria: personal development/educational experience and career development. Within these criteria, they looked at 27 criteria, including the quality of diversity of students, the quality of the faculty, the percentage of students who receive a promotion after they graduate, and the average salary increase graduates can expect. The data is a mixture of student-reported figures, student ratings, and data provided by the schools.

Information on the Iowa Executive MBA Program is available at or by calling 877-428-0638 or emailing

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