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 are now accepting applications for Fall 2019 enrollment.

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

Fall 2019

Classes start: Late August

Application opens: January 15, 2019

Priority deadline: May 15, 2019

Decisions returned May 30, 2019

Final deadline: July 15, 2019*

Decisions returned July 30, 2019

Spring 2020

Classes start: Late January 2020

Application opens: August 15, 2019

Priority deadline: October 1, 2019

Decisions returned October 15, 2019

Final deadline: December 15, 2019

Decisions returned December 30, 2019

*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 (waivers from test requirement available)

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.

Academics

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

The GMAT and GRE are proven indicators of a candidate's ability to excel in the classrom. 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.

NOTE: Students admitted to the Online MBA Program are required to submit an advance payment of $500. This nonrefundable enrollment deposit will reserve your place in class and will be applied toward first semester tuition and fees.

See tuition and financing