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Applying as an international student

Applying to the Professional MBA Program as an international student is slightly different. Below you’ll find specific guidance that applies to you:

Undergraduate degree

You must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.

  • To inquire about your international degree equivalency, scan and email a copy of your marks sheets (transcripts) and diploma, along with your request to have your degree reviewed, to professionalmba-admissions@uiowa.edu.
  • If you are admitted or approved for PreMBA status, the Office of International Admissions requires you to submit your official marks sheets (transcripts) and diploma, as well as a translated copy if the original is not in English. The originals will be needed for review, but will be returned to you. 

English language requirement

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants. You can get an English language test waiver if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You were educated in English for a previously earned degree (undergraduate or graduate). You must provide documents or other proof of this from your institution.
  • You complete an admissions interview with a program representative. Email professionalmba-admissions@uiowa.edu to request an interview.

English Language Minimum Scores

TOEFL IELTS*
iBT: 100 Minimum total score: 7.0
CBT: 250 Minimum sub-score: 6.0
PBT: 600  

 *All IELTS test takers will be required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation.

Reporting your score

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Apply before your scores expire. You can apply with an unofficial score report; if admitted, you’ll need to order an official TOEFL or IELTS score report and have it sent to the University of Iowa. Our institution code is 6681.

Health insurance requirement

All international students must have health insurance to attend the University of Iowa. You can submit proof of coverage through the MyUI student information portal after you’re admitted.

Visas

Ours is a part-time program, so we don’t issue F-1 (student) visas for our students. The most common type of visa for our students is an H-1B, but different types are also eligible for admission.