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.

We will begin accepting applications for Spring 2021 enrollment on July 31, 2020.

See the application checklist to see what's needed to apply. To get notified about upcoming deadlines, subscribe to our email list.

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Application dates and deadlines

For strongest consideration, submit your application by the priority deadline. Applications completed after this date will be considered as capacity allows. 

Fall 2020

Classes start: August 2020

Extended priority deadline: June 15

Fall 2020 application closed.

Spring 2021

Classes start: Late January 2021

Priority deadline: October 1, 2020

Final deadline: January 1, 2021

Summer 2021

Classes start: May 2021

Priority deadline: February 15, 2021

Final deadline: May 1, 2021


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 (a lower GPA may be considered based on a combination of GPA, GMAT/GRE score, and work experience)
  • At least 18 months of post-undergrad professional, full-time work experience
  • 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 equivalent GRE* (waivers from test requirement available)

*Waived for Spring 2021 applicants

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 have on hand before applying.

See the application checklist

Admission criteria

Your work experience, academics, test scores (if not already waived), 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 (waived for Spring 2021 applicants)

For Spring 2021 applicants, no GMAT/GRE is required when you apply nor at any point during the program.

For applicants beyond Spring 2021: The GMAT and GRE are proven indicators of a candidate's ability to excel in the classroom. That said, they're not the only indicators, so we do provide GMAT/GRE waivers for those who qualify.

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. 

Three U.S. territories—Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands— are not SARA-approved at this time, so the University of Iowa cannot admit students who reside in these regions.

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