You’re busy. We get it. So we work to make applying easy.

There’s no paper involved when you apply to the Iowa MBA Program. Any documents we need can be uploaded through our online application.

Resume

This is a very important piece of your application, since work experience is such a big part of the admissions equation. You’ll be asked to upload your resume when you apply. It’s required in order to submit your application.

A complete resume includes information about your employment, education, extracurriculars, and community activities. Be sure it’s complete without unexplained gaps in the chronological history. Above all, it should be accurate. Your resume should be no more than two single-sided pages. We prefer chronological format resumes; functional or skills-based resumes are not recommended.

Academic transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are good enough for us to make an admissions decision. If you don’t have a copy or can’t get one, ask your institution to send official transcripts to us. If you're admitted, we'll need your official transcripts sent before your admission can be finalized.

Sending your documents

Official documents, like transcripts and test scores, should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
108 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396 USA

GMAT/GRE test scores

We accept the GMAT or GRE on an equal basis. Test scores are valid for five years. Apply before your score expires.

An unofficial score report is needed for us to evaluate your application. If you’re offered admission, you’ll need to send an official score report immediately. If you already know you’re applying to Iowa before you take the test, on test day, select the University of Iowa as a school that should receive a copy of your score. 

To send us your score report after the fact, go to MBA.com for GMAT score reports or the ETS Score Reporting site for GRE.

English requirements & waivers

Even if English is your second language, you can be waived from the TOEFL/IELTS if you meet one of these criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You were educated solely in English in undergrad or a previous graduate degree (your academic documents must clearly state this, or you must provide proof from your institution).

TOEFL and IELTS scores are good for two years; your application must be submitted before the score expires. If you are admitted, an official TOEFL/IELTS report will be required. Send TOEFL & IELTS scores to the University of Iowa, institutional code 6681.

Career goals

The application includes a question about your career goals. One paragraph, short and sweet. If you’re not sure, it’s okay to talk about a few options you’re looking into.

Essay

The fall 2016 essay question:

Professional experience aside, tell us about the person behind the paper. Creativity is encouraged.

You can respond to this question in any form, including video, social media, PowerPoint, blog post, etc.—all options are on the table. Size limit: None, though our online application has an upload file size limit of 4MB. If your submission is larger, you can upload a Word document or PDF containing a link to your content in Dropbox or Google Drive.

("Professional experience aside" is your cue to tell us more about you as a person. You can safely assume we're well-versed in your professional experience based on your resume and goals. Approach the question in any manner, basic to elaborate.)

Choosing recommenders

We ask for recommender information in the application, and only reach out to them if the admissions team feels they need more information. Your recommenders should be familiar with your professional achievements. If you don't have work experience, your references should be familiar with your academic achievements. Select references who know you personally and are able to assess your potential for success in a rigorous academic environment and a business career.