It should come as no surprise—we truly care about your professional experience.

That’s because the perspective, ideas, and leadership acumen brought to the classroom by our students is fundamental to the Executive MBA experience. Admission into the program is heavily based on each candidate’s professional background, leadership experience, and demonstrated ability to manage academic coursework at a high level. A typical Executive MBA student has at least seven years of business leadership experience.

    Is an Executive MBA right for me?

    How do others find the time? Is this a good fit? We’re here to provide answers.

    Not everyone is suited for the Executive MBA Program, and it is one of three programs where you can earn the Iowa MBA. If you are unsure or on the fence, here are a few resources to help you find the right fit:

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    Full-time MBA, Professional MBA, and the Executive MBA. Which one is right for you?

    Class profile

    Who else will be in the class with you? Review the class profile to see what the average EMBA student looks like.

    Resume review

    Ask us to review your resume or CV. We'll give you a clear idea of how your background would fit into an EMBA class.

    EMBA 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 May 31st, 2017
    Final deadline is July 31st, 2017

    Des Moines
    Priority deadline is July 31st, 2017
    Final deadline is December 15th, 2017

    Requirements for admission

    We’ll need a few things to review your application:

    • A brief eligibility review with a program director (conducted in person or by phone)
    • Completed application
    • An up-to-date resume
    • Transcript(s) from all postsecondary educational institutions where you earned a bachelor's degree or higher
    • Essay outlining your interest and intent for an MBA degree, and how your experience will be of value to the class
    • Letter of support from your sponsoring organization (if applicable)
    • Letter of recommendation from a professional colleague

    See application process