Treat this like an investment in you

Consider the costs, the rate of return, and your options for financing. Speaking of investments, the value of new knowledge compounds at your level—because it will impact your work in very tangible ways. A 2014 survey of Iowa Executive MBA alumni revealed an average salary increase of 49.7% within five years of graduation.

It turns out, investing in you is good business.


Executive MBA tuition and fees for the entire 16-month program are $67,000, paid in four installments (one each semester). Full payment for each semester is due 30 days after the semester ends. Program cost includes:

  • Tuition and fees for all courses in the 16-month program
  • Books, course packets, and supplies
  • Shuttle service to and from Des Moines and Iowa City for in-person classes
  • Friday-night hotel stay for monthly in-person classes
  • Parking and meals on class days
  • Personalized executive coaching
  • Room and board, parking, and meals during two on-campus Residency Weeks
  • In-country food, lodging, and travel costs for the 10-day International Business Seminar (airfare and free-time meals not included)
  • Access to our full-service program and its outstanding customer service

Billing and Tuition Responsibility

EMBA cost comparison

$ 67,000

University of Iowa EMBA

$ 92,000

Big Ten EMBA average

The Northwestern Kellogg Executive MBA tuition (approx. $222,000) represented an extreme outlier and was removed from the Big Ten calculation.

$ 73,401

National EMBA average


Three of the most common sources of external funding include employer financing, loans, and military benefits.

The business(es) you lead have as much, if not more, to gain from your education. Many students' employers pay all or part of their tuition. We are experienced in working with various companies' tuition reimbursement policies, so we will do our best to work with your funding method. See our tips for obtaining support from your employer.

Federal loan programs are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. All federal student loans available to graduate/professional students, including EMBA students, are unsubsidized loans. That means the loans will accrue interest while you are in school.

Federal Direct and Direct Grad PLUS loans offer fixed interest rates, low fees, favorable repayment benefits, and electronic disbursement of funds directly to your student account. Find out more through the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Federal Student Aid website.

A growing number of financial institutions offer private educational loans to professional students. These are referred to as private alternative loans. Their terms differ from that of federal loans in that interest rates are typically variable, and both loan amounts and interest rates are based on your credit score. Find out more about private alternative loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

The Tippie College of Business is offering a scholarship to one current or emerging leader of a qualified 501(c)3 arts, health, or human services organization who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the nonprofit sector. This scholarship award provides 50% of the total Executive MBA Program tuition. To be considered for this opportunity, you must first be accepted into the Executive MBA program and also meet the scholarship requirementsThe deadline to apply is May 31.

Military education funding

As a military veteran or active-duty service member, you’re entitled to certain education benefits that can be applied to the Executive MBA.

For veterans with at least 21 months remaining on their Post–9/11 GI Bill benefit, the V.A. covers 100% of tuition/fees. The Executive MBA Program does not discriminate between resident and nonresidents for tuition purposes; all students pay the same tuition amount. We recommend fully exploring the V.A.’s Education Support programs to learn about funding options available to you.

If you plan to use veteran’s education benefits, you can get assistance through the university’s Office of GI Bill Services at 319-335-3895 or by email at

We’re here to help.

We realize that each student’s circumstances are different. Reach out to us to talk about your specific needs and discuss payment options.