Courses and descriptions

The Iowa MBA curriculum sets you up with all the business basics, plus make-it-your-own electives. Check out core courses or jump ahead to explore elective options.


These are the nine required courses every Iowa MBA student completes. For students with an extensive academic background in a certain area, you can request to waive the core course from that area, and can complete an elective in its place.

  • Marketing Management
  • Management in Organizations
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Business Analytics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Finance
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Foundations in Strategy
  • Business Integration

Course content

Marketing Management
Concepts, principles, and models of marketing. The relationship between marketing and other functional areas of business. Emphasis on how the marketing manager can achieve desired outcomes with the target market.

Management in Organizations
Emphasizes decision making, leadership, and communication in management positions. Topics include motivation, leadership, and teams, as well as organizational culture, design, and change.

Corporate Financial Reporting
A framework for understanding financial reporting practices in the U.S., including how alternative accounting treatments affect financial information that affects decision making.

Business Analytics
Utilizing Excel, you’ll apply analytical tools to solve practical business problems using real-world data. Includes dealing with uncertainty and techniques to model, explain, and predict decisions.

Managerial Economics
MBA-level economics, including value creation, drivers of demand, economic cost and its relation to accounting, international economies, and pricing decisions.

Managerial Finance
What’s your dollar worth a week, six months, a year from now? This course teaches you to apply time value of money and NPV techniques you’ll use for years to come. Also covered: valuing stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, and analyzing financial statements and pro-formas.

Operations and Supply Chain
How to plan and make decisions that optimize operations, whether you’re in manufacturing or services. We’ll emphasize delivery strategy, process design, capacity, and supply chain.

Foundations in Strategy
Learn how to compete and thrive in domestic and global markets through a solid foundation in strategy. Topics include fundamentals of industry analysis, competitive advantage, horizontal diversification, vertical integration and elements of foreign and international strategy.

Business Integration
This “capstone” course brings together the foundation you’ve gained from other core courses. Working with a small team of classmates, you’ll get hands-on strategy experience through a business simulation. You’ll analyze the industry, assess market opportunities, define your company direction, compete against your classmate teams for venture capital, and tweak your strategy to earn market share.  


We change up which elective courses are offered throughout the year, so you're likely to find something to your liking in every semester. Here’s a sampling of recent elective courses we’ve offered:

  • Financial Statement Analysis and Forecasting
  • Portfolio Management
  • Real Estate Finance & Investments
  • Corporate Investment & Finance Decisions
  • Wealth Management
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
Business analytics
  • Data Programming in R
  • Data Programming in Python
  • Data Management & Visual Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Strategic Brand Positioning
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing Communication & Promotions
  • Product & Pricing Management
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Digital Marketing Insights, Strategies & Applications
  • Dynamics of Negotiations
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Project Management
  • Managing & Preventing Conflict
  • Maximizing Team Performance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
  • Law & Ethics
  • Strategic Management of Change
  • Managing Employee Performance
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation
    • Managing the Growth Business



    Course schedule

    Planner at heart? We have just the thing you need. A schedule of upcoming courses is available online, complete with locations, dates, and instructors.

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