Three quick steps to get started

Decide when you want to start classes. Choose one of two paths to admission. Apply by the deadline. That’s it. 

With three start times a year, the Professional MBA Program offers virtually year-round admission. Decisions are made based on your work experience, academic performance, and depending on which method you choose below, your test scores, and essay.

Full admission

If an MBA from the University of Iowa is your goal, and you have time to take the GMAT/GRE prior to the application deadline, apply for full admission to secure the benefits enjoyed by admitted students:

  • Priority registration
  • 100% flexibility in choosing courses
  • Full focus on your MBA studies, without interruption for test prep

PreMBA status

This is a simple way to "try out" the Professional MBA Program or to get a quick start if you haven't yet taken an MBA entrance exam. It allows you to:

  • Take up to 5 courses before applying for full admission
  • Enroll in the same courses as admitted students
  • Earn MBA credits that count toward your degree
  • Benefit from the same faculty, staff, and level of support as full admission students

See the application process

Minimum admission requirements

There are two requirements to meet before we can consider you for full admission or PreMBA status:

  • A 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 and GMAT/GRE score).
  • Fully employed with at least 18 months of post-undergrad professional, full-time work experience (exceptions may be made if you're transitioning jobs).

The GMAT/GRE and test waivers

In general, if you don't meet the criteria for a waiver, you'll need to take an entrance exam, either the GMAT or GRE. When you've been out of the academic world for a while, a standardized test can be a little intimidating. We provide a long list of GMAT/GRE prep resources to get you started.

Not sure if you meet the waiver criteria? We'll evaluate your profile and let you know if you qualify for a waiver before you apply.

Request a waiver review

Video: Meet Iowa's #1-ranked MBA

Check out this video of a recent webinar, where we covered must-know program info about the state's top-ranked part-time MBA. Learn how to customize the MBA for your life and how to skip the standardized test and start right away.

Watch the video

Application dates and deadlines

Summer 2020

Classes start: Late May (session 1) and Late June (session 2)

May 1
Full admission application deadline

May 8
PreMBA application deadline

Later applications are accepted for students looking to start in session 2. Contact us for details.

Fall 2020

Classes start: Late August

Priority deadline: March 15, 2020

Final deadline: August 1, 2020

Spring 2021

Classes start: Late January

Priority deadline: October 15, 2020

Final deadline: January 1, 2021

Video: Application tips

Planning to apply? Watch this first—a quick, 10-minute video that covers everything you need to know to apply.

We'll cover:

  • What the admission committee is looking for in each element of your application
  • Frequently asked questions about applying
  • Common pitfalls (and how to avoid them)

Tuition and financial aid

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 aid

Find out more

There are several ways you can get more information. Flip through our online viewbook (brochure), or meet us at an event:

Information sessions

Learn about the program at an in-person info session. Held regularly in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities.

Admissions events

Attend an "On the Spot"—an accelerated admissions event where you can get an acceptance decision in 90 minutes.

Personal appointments

Schedule one-on-one time with a program representative, in person or by phone, and we'll help you get your questions answered.

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