Treat this like an investment.

Because that’s exactly what it is: an investment in you.

Consider the costs, the rate of return, and your options for financing. Speaking of investments, the value of new knowledge compounds at your level—because it will impact your work in very tangible ways. It pays off in ways that are personal, too. A 2014 survey of Iowa Executive MBA alumni revealed an average salary increase of 49.7% within five years of graduation. It turns out, investing in you is good business.


Executive MBA tuition and fees for the entire 16-month program are $67,000 paid in four installments billed each semester. Full payment for each semester is due 30 days after the semester ends. See billing and tuition responsibility schedule for details. Program cost includes:

  • Tuition and fees for all courses in the 16-month program
  • Books, course packets, and supplies
  • Shuttle service to and from Des Moines and Iowa City for in-person classes
  • Friday-night hotel stay for monthly in-person classes
  • Parking and meals on class days
  • Personalized executive coaching
  • Room and board, parking, and meals during two on-campus Residency Weeks
  • In-country food, lodging, and travel costs for the 10-day International Business Seminar (airfare and free-time meals not included)
  • Access to our full-service program and its outstanding customer service

EMBA cost comparison

University of Iowa EMBA

Big Ten EMBA average*

National EMBA average

​ *The Northwestern Kellogg Executive MBA tuition (approx. $222,000) represented an extreme outlier and was removed from the Big Ten calculation.


You’ve decided the Iowa EMBA is the right fit for you. Let’s talk about how you can finance your investment. Three of the most common sources of external funding include employer financing, loans, and military benefits.

Employer financing

This is a great place to start since the business(es) you lead have as much, if not more, to gain from the revitalized you. Many students' employers pay all or part of their tuition. We are experienced in working with various companies' tuition reimbursement policies, so we will do our best to work with your funding method. Considering you’ll need your employer’s endorsement for days out of the office, it may make sense to talk about financial support as part of a bigger conversation. See our tips for obtaining support from your employer.


Students who need to borrow to cover tuition costs can apply for federal and/or private loans. The Tippie College of Business does not endorse specific lenders, and we encourage students to compare the fees and terms of all student loan products.

Federal Direct and Direct Grad PLUS loans

Federal loan programs are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. All federal student loans available to graduate/professional students, including EMBA students, are unsubsidized loans. That means the loans will accrue interest while you are in school.

Federal Direct and Direct Grad PLUS loans offer fixed interest rates, low fees, favorable repayment benefits, and electronic disbursement of funds directly to your student account. Find out more through the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Federal Student Aid website.

Private alternative loans

A growing number of financial institutions offer private educational loans to professional students. These are referred to as private alternative loans. Their terms differ from that of federal loans in that interest rates are typically variable, and both loan amounts and interest rates are based on your credit score. Find out more about private alternative loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Military education funding

As a military veteran or active-duty service member, you’re entitled to paying a zero application fee, provided you’re eligible for the GI Bill.

For veterans with at least 21 months remaining on their Post–9/11 GI Bill benefit, the V.A. covers 100% of tuition/fees. The Executive MBA Program does not discriminate between resident and nonresidents for tuition purposes; all students pay the same tuition amount. We recommend fully exploring the V.A.’s Education Support programs to learn about funding options available to you.

If you plan to use veteran’s education benefits, you can get assistance through the university’s Office of GI Bill Services at 319-335-3895 or by email at

Contact us

We realize that each student’s circumstances are different, and we’re here to help you finance your MBA education. Contact us to talk about your specific needs and discuss payment options.