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Want to transfer credits or waive a course?

We’ll work with you to make it all come together.

Maybe you started your MBA elsewhere and want to finish up at Iowa, or you have to relocate before you can finish your Iowa MBA. We’ll use transfer credits to formulate a plan to get you to the finish line.

If you received your bachelor's in finance and live and breathe finance all day at work, you probably aren’t interested in the base MBA finance course. In cases like this, we can waive the course, letting you take an elective class that lets you dive deeper in that or another area instead.

Transfer credits

You can transfer up to 9 semester hours from another MBA program if:

  1. The MBA program is accredited by the AACSB.
  2. The hours weren’t used to fulfill the requirements of another degree.
  3. The grade earned is a B or better (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).

Courses earned at another institution after starting the Professional MBA Program cannot be transferred for credit. 


If you move outside the area served by the Professional MBA Program, your advisor will work with you to help you complete your degree through our online courses and transfer credits.

Course waivers

If you majored in business in undergrad or completed many courses in a business area (like economics, finance, statistics, etc.), you may be eligible for a core course waiver. You’ll still complete the same number of hours to graduate, but with a waiver, you can take an elective class of your choosing instead. Work with your advisor to explore your options.

Cross-counting MBA courses with graduate certificates

Certain courses completed in the Professional MBA Program can be counted toward graduate certificates offered by the Tippie College of Business. With careful planning, you can take 5 courses that will count toward your MBA and a certificate at the same time. That allows you to earn both just by taking the 15 courses required for the MBA.