It's a snap to get started

Decide when you want to start classes. Apply by the deadline. That’s it. 

With three start times a year, the Iowa MBA Program offers virtually year-round admission. Admission decisions are based on your work experience, academic performance, test scores (if you choose to provide them), and essay.

*The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for all applicants for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022.

See the application process

Upcoming Admissions Event: Express Admit

Join us October 4-8 for Express Admit, the faster, simpler way to start the Iowa MBA Program. Here's how it works:

  1. Meet virtually with an enrollment specialist at a time you choose. Share your goals and describe how an Iowa MBA will help you reach them.
  2. Submit your application. As a Express Admit participant, we'll waive your application fee and essay.
  3. Receive an admissions decision within one business day of completing* your application.

*Complete applications must include a resume and transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient).

Application dates and deadlines

For strongest consideration and to qualify for scholarship opportunities, submit your application by the priority deadline. Applications completed after this date will be considered as capacity allows. 

Spring 2022

Classes start: Late January 2022

Priority deadline: October 15, 2021

Final deadline: January 1, 2022

Summer 2022

Classes start: May 2022

Priority deadline: February 15, 2022

Final deadline: May 1, 2022

Fall 2022

Classes start: August 2022

Priority deadline: March 15, 2022

Final deadline: August 1, 2022

Notification of admission decisions will begin on September 1 for spring term, January 1 for summer term, and February 1 for fall term.

Minimum requirements

Before we can consider you for admission, you need:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
    • If your GPA is under 2.75, you may qualify for our MBA Access admission option.
  • At least 18 months of post-undergrad professional, full-time work experience
  • U.S. citizenship/permanent residency, or non-U.S. citizenship with a valid non-student visa (see details)
  • Optional: GMAT score of at least a 520 or equivalent GRE*

*The GMAT/GRE requirement has been waived for applicants to Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 semesters. No test score is needed to apply nor at any point during the program.

Review the admission criteria to learn about the kind of student we’re looking for, then review the application checklist to understand what you'll need to have on hand before applying.

See the application checklist

MBA Access

If your undergraduate GPA falls between 2.45 and 2.75, there's an alternative way to start your MBA.

The MBA Access admission option allows you to start taking MBA courses right away and lets you establish a new GPA to meet the requirements for regular admission. Upon completion, you'll have earned a Business Fundamentals Certificate—a credential you can immediately add to your resume.

Two ways to get started

  • Set up time with an enrollment specialist to talk about your options;
  • Apply to the Iowa MBA as usual; we'll determine if MBA Access is a good fit for you.

Admission criteria

Your work experience, academics, test scores (if not already waived), and personal statement—that's where we’ll focus our attention when we review your application for admission.

Work experience

We’re looking for work records that demonstrate increasing responsibility and/or promotions. Both show your employer’s endorsement of you, which helps us identify high-caliber students.

Academics

An MBA requires working with numbers. Quantitative skills—i.e., math and stats—are key. We’ll look at your transcripts to see results of the quant courses you’ve taken.

Entrance exam (optional)

GMAT/GRE scores aren't required if you're applying for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2022.

However, GMAT and GRE scores are proven indicators of a candidate's ability to excel in the classroom, and can strengthen your application significantly. We encourage you to submit a score if possible. Scholarships for Iowa MBA students are available and awarded on merit, as measured by GMAT or GRE scores.

Ready to apply? Get more specifics from the application checklist.

Technology requirements for online courses

For online courses, you'll need regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection, a headset, and a webcam.

Explore our suggested computer configurations for new and previously purchased computers (click "Technical Requirements/Download Page") to see how they compare to our recommended requirements.

Location limitations for online learners

Limitations under the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The University of Iowa is a member of SARA and is authorized to offer online courses and programs to residents of member states, districts and territories of the United States. 

Two U.S. territories—Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands— are not SARA-approved at this time, so the University of Iowa cannot admit students who reside in these regions.

Other location limitations

Due to firewalls or government restrictions blocking our Learning Management System (LMS), we are also unable to admit students who will be studying in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or the region of Crimea. 

Program selectivity

The Iowa MBA Program is seeking conscientious students who bring diverse experiences and points of view to the classroom. The best way to know if you'll be admitted is to learn more about the students already in the program.

See the class profile

Tuition, scholarships, and financing

Your MBA is an investment in you—your skills, your career, and your future. There are a multitude of options for financing your degree, including scholarships, employer reimbursement, federal or private loans, and VA benefits.

See tuition and financing