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 four 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
  • Fully employed with at least 18 months of professional, full-time work experience (exceptions may be made if you're transitioning jobs)

The GMAT/GRE and test waivers

Before you apply for full admission, 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.

Plus, there are several situations where the test can be waived. Find out if you meet criteria for a waiver.

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

Year-round admission

Spring 2020

Classes start: Late January

December 30
Full admission application deadline

January 6
PreMBA application deadline


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

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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