Important news about the Full-time MBA Program
Tippie College of Business has announced that the incoming class of 2019 will be the last cohort of students admitted to the Full-time MBA program at Iowa. The decision to end this delivery format for the Iowa MBA will allow the college to continue to innovate and grow the Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and portfolio of specialized master's programs increasingly preferred by the students and businesses we serve.
Learn more about this change

Minimum requirements

Applicants must meet these criteria:

Bachelor’s degree

The degree must be earned from an accredited institution. There’s no minimum GPA requirement.

GMAT or GRE score 

All applications must include a score in order for us to make an admissions decision. There’s no required minimum, but check the class profile to see if your score falls into the typical range.

TOEFL or IELTS score

If your country’s official language is not English, you’ll need to show mastery of English. Waivers are possible.


English language minimum scores

TOEFL: iBT: 100, PBT: 600
IELTS: Minimum total score: 7.0, Minimum sub-score: 6.0

What we look for

Work experience

Don’t worry if your job isn’t glamorous. It’s more about the skills you’re gaining and how they’ll apply to your post-MBA career. Shoot for at least two years of full-time, post-undergrad work experience by the time you’d start your MBA. This is particularly important for international applicants.

What counts as work experience?

Generally, full-time professional work experience gained after earning your bachelor’s degree. Sometimes undergraduate internships or co-ops can count toward this requirement.

Strong GMAT or GRE scores

We accept both the GMAT and GRE on an equal basis. If you take the test more than once, we’ll look at your highest total score. Scores are valid for five years.

We can review your application with an unofficial score report, like the one you received when you took the test. If you’re admitted, we’ll need an official score report from the testing service.

Solid admissions interview & essay

We don’t expect you to be an amazing interviewee yet (but you’ll be one by the time you graduate). We expect you to tell us your story, and talk intelligently about your experience and future plans. Your essay is one way you’ll do this; the interview is the other.

Our interviews aren’t scary—they’re a one-on-one conversation with a member of our admissions team. If you visit campus, you’ll receive an interview; otherwise, they’re by invitation only.

We’ll review your application, and if you’re selected to interview, we’ll reach out to determine preferred method: Skype or in person.  

A positive academic record

Past academic success is a good indicator of how you’ll do in grad school. That said, a low GPA doesn’t necessarily doom your chances for admission. We know undergrad can be tumultuous, so your junior and senior years are weighted more. You can upload transcripts when you apply. If you’re admitted, we’ll need official transcripts from your undergrad institution.

Educated outside the U.S.? See our transcripts page for details about what your documents should include.