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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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. Please note that students in the Executive MBA program are not eligible for student visas.

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 May 31, 2021. Applications received after the final deadline are considered as space becomes available.


Requirements for 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
  • If admitted: Letter of support from your sponsoring organization, if applicable

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* In some cases, an applicant will be asked to take an admissions test to augment their application package. The Tippie Executive MBA Program accepts the results of the GMAT, GRE, and the new EMBA-focused Executive Assessment test.