Iowa’s Online MBA + you

The Online MBA is an extension of our top-ranked Professional MBA Program, so you can choose from three start times every year—spring, summer, or fall.

The Online MBA application will open on January 15, 2019.

We'll begin taking applications for Fall 2019 enrollment on January 15, 2019. If you'd like to be notified as soon as the application opens, subscribe to our email list for program announcements and information.


Upcoming event: Webinar November 15

Iowa's New Online MBA

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Application deadlines

Fall 2019

Classes start: Late August

January 15, 2019
Application opens

March 15, 2019
Priority deadline

July 15, 2019*
Final deadline

Spring 2020

Classes start: Late January 2020

August 15, 2019
Application opens

October 1, 2019
Priority deadline

December 15, 2019
Final deadline

*We anticipate high demand for this program. If we reach capacity after the priority deadline, we’ll close the application for fall semester. Apply early.

Minimum requirements

Before we can consider you for Online MBA admission, you need:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • At least 18 months of professional, full-time work experience
  • Employed full-time (exceptions can be made if you're transitioning between jobs)
  • U.S. citizenship/permanent residency, or non-U.S. citizenship with a valid non-student visa (see details)
  • GMAT score of at least a 520 or the equivalent GRE score

The Online MBA has limited capacity, and we expect admission to be competitive. 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 get in order before applying.

Admission criteria

Your work experience, academics, test scores, and personal statement—that's where we’ll focus our attention when we review your application for admission.

Work experience

We’re looking for work records that demonstrate increasing responsibility and/or promotions. Both show your employer’s endorsement of you, which helps us identify high-caliber students.


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

Due to the competitive nature of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a valid GMAT/GRE score for consideration. You may qualify for a GMAT waiver.

Ready to apply? Get more specifics from the application process.

Technology requirements

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 to see how they compare to our recommended requirements.

Location limitations

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. 

Because the state California and the U.S. Territory of Guam are not SARA-approved at this time, the University of Iowa may not currently accept students from California or Guam.

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

While the minimum admission requirements are listed above, we expect our Online MBA class profile to be comparable to our Professional MBA class profile. In that program our average student has:

  • Full-time work experience: 8 years
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.35
  • GMAT: 580

Starting options

Online MBA applicants will receive a decision for full admission. The PreMBA starting option is not available for Online MBA. If you need the flexibility offered by PreMBA status, we suggest applying to the Professional MBA. Fully admitted Professional MBA students are not eligible for admission into the Online MBA program.

Tuition 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, from employer reimbursement and federal loans to private bank loans and VA benefits.

See tuition and financing