M-B-A. Three magic letters.

But it’s not the letters that matter...

It’s where you earned them, what they say about you, and how they fit into your career plan. Here’s how to make your MBA work harder:

Step 1: Choose a program that is one of the most respected in the nation.
Step 2: Personalize your MBA with a certificate or joint degree.

MBA with a concentration, in one fell swoop

In the Iowa MBA Program, you can earn a graduate certificate on top of your MBA with no additional coursework. With a little bit of planning, you can graduate in the same amount of time as you had planned, but with your MBA and your certificate. You'll work with your advisor to weave certificate courses into your MBA plan of study.

Choose your concentration from five certificates:

MBA + Business Analytics Certificate

How do you make a great degree even better? Top it off with data science and analytics skills that are in insanely high demand. Take classes from Tippie’s world-renowned business analytics faculty and earn a Business Analytics Certificate alongside your MBA.

MBA + Leadership Certificate

Our most popular courses aren't about numbers; they're about people. Maximizing team performance, managing change, negotiating, influencing, and persuasion are of keen interest to MBA students, and Tippie has one of the nation’s most respected faculty teams in the discipline. Learn more.

MBA + Finance Certificate

This may come as a surprise since we’re quite a drive from Wall Street, but simply put, the Tippie College of Business is a finance powerhouse. In fact, Financial Times consistently ranks the Iowa MBA among the top-five finance MBA programs in the world. Tap into that expertise and add a Finance Certificate to your MBA study plan.

MBA + Marketing Certificate

Specialize in a rapidly evolving field where old methods and new tech collide. Start with proven fundamentals: brand management, market research, pricing. Next, layer in the newest tools: social media marketing, digital marketing, and analytics. Five marketing courses within your MBA earn you a highly marketable Marketing Certificate.

MBA + Healthcare Management Certificate

Learn the leadership qualities and skills that healthcare organizations need by earning your MBA plus a Healthcare Management Certificate. This certificate combines the strengths of Iowa's top-ranked part-time MBA with the University of Iowa's highly ranked healthcare administration program and is offered in person in Iowa City or Des Moines, Iowa.

MBA + Innovation Certificate

Add an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation to your MBA and start pushing your ideas forward. Earn the Innovation Certificate in just five courses—three core plus two electives. It's a credential that demonstrates initiative, outside-the-box thinking, and adaptability. Classes are held primarily online with occasional in-person options.


Joint degree: MBA & MD

Improve patient and business outcomes through the joint MBA/MD degree from Tippie College of Business and Carver College of Medicine. The Joint MBA/MD degree program develops healthcare leaders from high-performing students who combine medical ambitions with business aspirations. The MD program requires in-person attendance.

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Joint degree: MBA & JD

Develop the leadership, advising, and strategic skills you need to best serve your clients. The program prepares you for success in business, law, or both—and describes the relationship between the law and industry. With the MBA+JD, you'll be better prepared to address clients' goals, from tax to corporate law, estate planning, and mergers and acquisitions. The JD program requires in-person attendance.

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Joint degree: MBA + MS in business analytics

Jackpot! You just stumbled upon the hottest intersection in business education. It’s where timely meets timeless. An MBA is the timeless degree—and one from a leading business school not only equips you for what’s ahead, but works hard for you all career long. While an MBA crosses half a dozen displines, a master’s in business analytics, by contrast, is a specialized degree. It teaches you how to uncover the value hidden in massive amounts of data. 

These two degrees, when combined, are guaranteed to make you a force to be reckoned with—inside and outside the boardroom. The joint degree option cuts the number of credits required for the M.S. in business analytics by half, the equivalent of about a year. This joint degree does require some in-person coursework.

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Student Story
Alison Burchett

"When you’re early on in your career, the path is really fuzzy. You don’t know what you’re supposed to do next. Once I decided to do the master’s and MBA, it was absolutely clear."