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The process is quick and easy, with just a few additional steps for international applicants.

You can start your Professional MBA application at any time, and save your progress along the way. If you can't finish in one fell swoop, that's ok. You’ll create a login at the very start so you can come back later without losing your progress.

Start your application

Before we can consider you for admission, you’ll need to submit the items that apply from the list below:

*The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived through Fall 2022. No score is needed to apply, nor at any point during the program.


Submit your resume in the online application. You should have at least 18 months of full-time, post-undergrad professional work experience before you start classes. Work experience earned after receiving your undergraduate degree can be counted toward that 18-month number—however, if you are a non-traditional student, we can consider professional work experience gained before your bachelor's.


You can upload a copy of your transcript in the online application or request that your college/university send official copies to the University of Iowa directly. See details.

Official GMAT or GRE score report

This requirement is optional through Fall 2022. No score is required to apply, nor at any point during the program.

Scores can serve to strengthen your application. If you choose to submit a score, upload a copy of your score report within the online application. This is sufficient for the application review. 

If offered admission, the official GMAT/GRE score report should be sent to the University of Iowa promptly. Request score reports from (choose University of Iowa Online MBA) or ETS (institution code 6681).

To see if you’re eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE, check out the criteria for a waiver.

Personal essay

You’ll submit your one-page essay response in the online application. The prompt is, “Discuss your overall professional goals and how a degree from the Tippie College of Business will allow you to achieve those goals.”  Maximum length is one typed page. You can copy/paste or upload a PDF, DOC, or DOCX file.

English proficiency

Most international candidates are eligible to waive the English proficiency test.

If any of these apply, answer 'Yes' to the ‘I meet the the criteria for a waiver’ question in the online application, under the ‘TOEFL/IELTS Scores' section.

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • You were educated in English for a previous degree (and can provide documents or other proof from your school)
  • You are willing to complete an admissions interview with a program representative.

If you do not meet the criteria for a waiver, visit the International Student Admission page for minimum scores and where to send your score report.

Application fee

  • Domestic applicants: $60
  • International applicants: $100

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.  Application fees are non-refundable and can be paid by credit card only.