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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.

See the application process

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. 

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

Spring 2023

Classes start: Late January

Priority deadline: October 15, 2022

Final deadline: January 1, 2023

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 (3-year degrees will be considered only with an additional 2-year master's level degree)
    • 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 (see details)
  • U.S. citizenship/permanent residency, or non-U.S. citizenship with a valid non-student visa (see details)

A test score (GMAT or GRE) is not required for admission nor at any point during the program, but can strengthen your application for admission and scholarship eligibility. 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 academics, test scores (if not already waived), work experience, and personal statement—that's where we’ll focus our attention when we review your application for admission.


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 are not required for admission, nor at any point in the program. 

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

Work experience

The minimum to be considered for admission is 18 months of post-undergrad professional, full-time work experience. We’re looking for work records that demonstrate increasing responsibility and/or promotions.  

How we define professional work experience

Time spent working in a business environment with significant individual responsibilities, including some decision-making authority and personal accountability for the results of those decisions, post-undergrad.

Professional backgrounds can vary, and we're looking for your work experience to demonstrate skills in independent problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, time management, and management of people or teams. If you're a non-traditional student, we may be able to consider work experience gained before your bachelor’s.

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