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.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2021 enrollment. Spring 2022 application opens late August.

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 2021

Classes start: August 2021

Priority deadline: March 15, 2021

Final deadline: August 1, 2021

Spring 2022

Classes start: Late January 2022

Application opens: Late August 2021

Priority deadline: October 15, 2021

Final deadline: January 1, 2022

Summer 2022

Classes start: May 2022

Priority deadline: February 15, 2022

Final deadline: May 1, 2022

Notification of admission decisions will begin on August 1 for spring term, January 1 for summer term, and February 1 for fall term.

Minimum requirements

Before we can consider you for admission, you need:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
    • If your GPA is under 2.75, you may qualify for our MBA Access admission option.
  • 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)
  • Optional: GMAT score of at least a 520 or equivalent GRE* (waivers from test requirement available)

*The GMAT/GRE is optional through Fall 2022. A score is not required to apply, nor is it needed in order to graduate.

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

MBA Access

If your undergraduate GPA falls between 2.45 and 2.75, there's an alternative way to start your MBA.

MBA Access allows you to start taking MBA courses right away and lets you establish a new GPA to meet the requirements for regular admission. Upon completion, you'll have earned a Business Fundamentals Certificate—a credential you can immediately add to your resume.

Two ways to get started

  • Set up time with an enrollment specialist to talk about your options;
  • Apply to the Iowa Online MBA as usual; we'll determine if MBA Access is a good fit for you.

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 (optional)

A GMAT/GRE score is optional through Fall 2022. No score is required to apply, nor at any point during the program, but test scores can serve to strengthen your application.

For Spring 2023 applicants and beyond: 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 (click "Technical Requirements/Download Page") 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. 

Two 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

The Iowa Online MBA Program is seeking conscientious students who bring diverse experiences and points of view to the classroom. The best way to know if you'll be admitted is to learn more about the students already in the program.

See the class profile

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