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 two 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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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.

Executive MBA application deadlines

We enroll new students in fall semester every year. 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 – April 30
  • Final deadline – August 1

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


Minimum admission requirements

You'll need to meet these requirements before we can consider you for admission:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • At least 7 years of progressive, professional, full-time work experience (inclusive of nontraditional work experience such as military service or medical fellowships)
  • A strong grasp of written and spoken English
  • If you have significant progressive work history and have been very successful without completing your bachelor's degree, or your GPA isn't quite a 2.75, you still may be considered for admission. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

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Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship

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, 2022.