Learn to lead with confidence

Successful professionals demand a higher level of MBA experience – one that’s convenient, accelerated, and designed for high achievers. Iowa’s Executive MBA delivers with a full-service, globally ranked program that can be completed in less than two years. Since 1977, Executive MBA graduates have seen a track record of career advancement that’s unmatched in the area. You’ll come away prepared for the next phase in your career, whether it’s creating a non-profit, growing a start-up, or landing a seat in the C-suite.

Just 4 days a month for 16 months

The time commitment is limited; the payoff is enormous. Classes are held Fridays and Saturdays in either Des Moines or Iowa City. Summer courses are fully online. Chicago-based students can access a shuttle to and from Iowa City, plus discounted hotel rates Thursday & Friday nights.

High-caliber classrooms

Spend all four semesters in a cohort of experienced, driven classmates. Participate in lively discussions with business professionals like you. Learn from tenured faculty who tailor coursework to your experiences. Get it all from a program ranked among the top 50 in the country.

One-on-one leadership coaching

Through a partnership with BetterUp, Tippie now offers personal, confidential coaching as part of the Executive MBA experience. You’ll meet with a mentor in weekly video sessions to develop and practice your skills, uncover new strengths, and help you meet your professional goals.       

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Meet your future classmates

From entrepreneurs to experienced business leaders, our diverse classrooms make your experience even more rewarding. In fact, many of our students don't even work in the business sector. You may be surprised by the type of people you'll find here.

Karen Degroot
Current Executives

Already the president of a successful nonprofit, Karen Degroot joined Iowa's EMBA program to share best practices with colleagues across industries. Read Karen's story.

Jessica Kinney

Jessica Kinney began her Executive MBA program as a corporate professional—and just months after finishing started her own venture. Read Jessica's story.

Jacob Thomas
Advanced Career Professionals - Physicians, Lawyers, Scientists

Anesthesiologist Jake Thomas recognized that a strategic investment in high-level business skills would position him to solve big challenges in health care. Read Jake's story.

Shaun Humes
Emerging Leaders - Engineers, Managers, Directors

Aviation engineer Shaun Humes was already on an upward trajectory. Now he’s propelling his career faster and farther with an Iowa MBA. Read Shaun's story.

Find out if you're a good fit

Looking for a quick answer on whether you're right for the Executive MBA program? We're here for you. Send us your resume or CV and we'll help you decide if our program suits your professional goals.

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By the numbers

Average 16 Years of Experience

16 months to complete the EMBA program

Fifty percent

Salary increase

within 5 years of graduation
EMBA - 14 years work experience

Average years of work experience

It's not your average MBA

Sure, you’ll be sitting in a classroom. But the similarities end there.

Four things will set your Executive MBA experiences apart:

  1. You will immediately apply what you learn to your current job.
  2. Our format and schedule are set well in advance, so you’ll always know what classes are offered and when.
  3. The experiences of your peers, combined with a team-based approach, amplify what you gain and learn.
  4. Concierge-style service means we take care of it all, from textbooks to lunches and snacks. We manage all details, so you get the most out of your time here.

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Application deadlines

Executive MBA applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until the final deadline, but we strongly recommend submitting your application by the priority deadline. Priority applicants receive an early admissions decision and gain access to exclusive networking opportunities.

Applications received after the final deadline are considered as space becomes available.

Iowa City
Priority deadline is April 30, 2021
Final deadline is July 31, 2021

Des Moines
Priority deadline is April 30, 2021
Final deadline is July 31, 2021

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