Substance meets style

The perfect balance of required fundamentals and make-it-your-own electives

At center stage in the Professional MBA Program is the MBA core—nine courses that give you a solid foundation. You’ll study marketing, finance, management, business analytics, business strategy, and more. Beyond the core, use your six electives to customize your MBA. Choose from courses in leadership, strategy, marketing, finance, analytics, operations, international business—whatever interests you. Check out the list of courses.

Have a plan

The Professional MBA gives you incredible flexibility—to create your plan of study and to complete it at a pace that makes sense for you. After you’re admitted, your academic advisor will work with you to lay out a plan that suits your needs. Itching to see a blueprint? Check out sample study plans.

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Go global

Experience business beyond North America. Explore finance at the world’s fastest-growing stock exchange in Shanghai or study innovation in Germany, the nation with the most patents per capita. Global Learning Opportunities, GLOs for short, are weeklong international travel courses, offered in January and May. Choose from three travel destinations every year and walk away with a foundation for issues facing global business.

MBA + certificate

Multiply the resume-boosting impact of the Iowa MBA with a certificate that showcases your specialization. Several Professional MBA courses can be cross-counted toward one of the in-demand graduate certificates offered by the Tippie College of Business. With little or no additional coursework, you can graduate with your MBA and a certificate in Leadership, Business Analytics, Finance, or Marketing.

MBA + master’s in analytics 

The Iowa MBA gives you the cross-functional understanding of business—and the soft skills you need to lead change, manage conflict, and motivate teams. Tippie’s master’s in business analytics complements your MBA with data skills that are in-demand—and a rare combo. The combination is a 60-semester-hour joint degree program that is one of the hottest intersections in all of business education.

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Alumni Story
Sarah Thompson

Seize opportunities to fast-forward your career

A pivotal moment for Sarah Thompson (MBA16) came in the Corporate Financial Reporting course. For the first time she grasped Transamerica's financial strategy. It was one of many cases in which she learned something class and applied it to the job the very next day.

Then her Leadership and Personal Development class required a 360-degree review with her fellow staff and new boss. After candid dialogue and helpful feedback, that boss has since promoted Sarah—twice.

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