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.

Online courses: How they work

Online courses allow you to complete the majority of your coursework whenever or wherever you prefer. There are two types of courses:

  • Synchronous courses have pre-recorded content plus 60- to 120-minute live sessions that take place on weeknights where all students are logged in together. Synchronous sessions are ideal for lively discussion, applying new knowledge, and connecting with classmates and instructors. On your own time, you'll view pre-recorded lecture content in preparation for your synchronous sessions.
  • Asynchronous courses include no group login times, and allow maximum flexibility. Set your own pace and log in anytime to view lectures and participate in discussions. Fully asynchronous courses aren't common, but they are offered occasionally.

For each 8-week course, you should plan on at least 10-12 hours per week of study and coursework. The time commitment each week will move up and down depending on exams, presentations, team assignments, and your previous experience with the subject matter. When you register for courses, you'll see clearly the live session times for every course, so you can choose options that work best for you.

In-person MBA courses: Convenience close to home

The Iowa MBA offers you several options to take courses in-person. Starting Fall 2022, nearly all courses will be in an 8-week format. Nearly all courses include recorded lectures that you can watch when it's convenient for you.

8- and 11-week courses

This is our most common option. Classes meet one night a week starting at 6:00 p.m. No Fridays or weekends.

5- and 3-week courses

Taught over weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays); weeknights (e.g., Mondays & Thursdays), or five in-class weekdays (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

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.