Lead in a changing world

Now more than ever, businesses need adaptable, empathetic leaders who can meet any challenge with confidence. Iowa’s Executive MBA Program gives you the skills you need to set strategy, effectively communicate, and manage change with clarity and purpose. You’ll network with leaders from across the region in a collaborative learning environment. Since 1980, Executive MBA graduates have seen a track record of career advancement that’s unmatched in the area. Our full-service, globally ranked program can be completed in just 16 months. You’ll come away prepared for next phase in your career, whether it’s creating a non-profit, growing a start-up, or moving up the ladder within your company.

Immersive learning, in-person and online

Get great convenience in a collaborative classroom environment. Classes meet one Friday and Saturday per month, alternating between Des Moines and Iowa City. Shuttle services and a one-night hotel stay is included. Additionally, classes are held online one Saturday per month. This mix reflects the reality of how business is done today and offers many networking opportunities.

Real clients, real cases, real impacts

Attending classes in two thriving communities gives you a unique opportunity for on-site learning. Learn from industry speakers and tour a corporate headquarters in Des Moines or a startup in Iowa City. Through working on contemporary business problems, like the logistics of vaccine distribution, you'll gain skills you can use immediately.

Personalized leadership coaching

Tippie offers confidential, one-on-one coaching as part of the Executive MBA experience. You’ll meet with a mentor in video sessions to develop and practice your skills, uncover new strengths, and help you meet your personal and professional goals. You can tailor your mentoring to exactly what you need, and you'll have access to a wealth of resources to help you grow.

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Special Event: Masterclass—Tips for Managing Different Organizational Changes

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 — 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Central

Managers have all kinds of change thrown at them, and never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some changes are exciting, some come with mixed feelings, and others are devastating. How can managers effectively navigate the different kinds of change? Join us for this special event and come away with tips to manage shifts in your organization.

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
Entrepreneurs

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. 

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

Tuition is slated to increase for Fall 2021 (pending Board of Regents approval), but you can lock in our current tuition rate by applying before the April 30 priority deadline. Applications received after the final deadline are considered as space becomes available.

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