In-person or online. Different MBA course formats help you keep your momentum.

Your life doesn’t revolve around the academic calendar. Neither should your MBA. Whether you’re entering peak tax season or there’s business travel on the horizon, having the flexibility to choose different course formats helps you manage life’s curveballs.

Choose your format: online and in-person (and an occasional international course)

The Iowa MBA can be completed fully online or, if you're near Cedar Rapids or Des Moines in Iowa, you can take a mix of online and in-person classes. You can also opt for a global course for one of your electives.

Both online and in-person courses include a live session each week. Live sessions start between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., no Fridays or weekends. When you register for courses, you'll know the live session times for every course, so you can choose options that work best for you.

Online courses: How they work

Eight-week courses with pre-recorded content plus 60- to 120-minute live sessions one night a week where students are logged in together. No Fridays or weekends. 

Live sessions are ideal for lively discussion, applying new knowledge, and connecting with classmates and instructors.

In-person courses: How they work

Pre-recorded lecture content plus in-person sessions in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines. Most courses are 8 weeks in length though there are some 11-week options, with no in-person sessions on Fridays or weekends. 

In-person courses may also be offered as 5- or 3-week courses. These are taught on two weeknights (e.g. Mondays and Thursdays), or five in-class weekdays (8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.).

Time commitment

For each 8-week course, you should plan on at least 10-12 hours per week of study and coursework. This will vary weekly depending on exams, presentations, team assignments, and your previous experience with the subject. 

International MBA courses

For one of your electives, you can study in one of several international destinations through Tippie’s Global Learning Opportunities. GLOs are offered two times a year, featuring locations in Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe.