Nine required (core) courses + six electives. Fifteen courses (45 credit hours) to graduate.

Beyond that, no two people in the Professional MBA Program have to follow the same schedule or the same study plan. You have an amazing number of options to choose from, which makes it possible for working professionals to earn the #1-ranked MBA in the state, while balancing work and family. Your advisor will be there to guide you through it all.

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Three locations

Earn the Iowa MBA without stepping foot in Iowa City. With the entire program offered in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities, you have access to classes, advising, student events, and more—all close to where you live and work.

At your own pace

You’re in the driver’s seat. Most students graduate in about three years, but the pace is up to you. Power ahead with alternate course formats to finish in as little as 2 years. If life throws your schedule for a loop, take the time you need—up to 10 years—to graduate.

Multiple course formats

Your life doesn’t revolve around the academic calendar. Neither should your MBA. Whether you’re entering peak tax season or there’s business travel on the horizon, multiple course formats let you keep your momentum. Typical classes meet one night a week for 12 weeks, while online courses, shorter formats, study abroad options, and four-week intersessions offer excellent alternatives.

Spring & fall

  • 12-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., one day per week. No Friday courses.
  • 4-week intersession courses: Most meet Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


  • 10-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., one day per week. No Friday courses.
  • 6-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., two days per week, usually Mondays & Thursdays.


  • 1-week courses: Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for five days, usually consecutively.

Need online options? We've got you covered.

We offer eight to nine online courses every year, including at least two from the MBA core. New online courses are added yearly, which means you can complete half (or more) of your MBA coursework 100% online.

Even our online courses are flexible. Some have set meeting times when students are expected to be online. Others provide all the material up front and let you work through it on your own schedule, no matter the time of day. A handful of courses use a hybrid format, with two or three set meeting times and the rest at your own pace.

Alumni Story
Mike Lovell

Why Iowa was the best choice

As a mid-career professional, Mike Lovell (MBA04) needed a program that would fit around his life, not the other way around.

“Iowa was the only school I would consider. It was at the top of the heap as a local solution.”

Mike finished his degree in just over two years by taking two classes a semester plus short courses between breaks. Iowa’s Des Moines-based Professional MBA Program let him schedule classes on nights and weekends around his work and home schedule.

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When it comes to picking a business school, look for accreditation that’s specific to...well, business schools. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is considered the global standard for business schools, and the Tippie College of Business has held AACSB accreditation since 1923. 

To us, it confirms the Iowa MBA is among top 5% of business programs in the world. To you, it means you will earn a degree that will hold its value—regardless of time and place.

Where to begin?

The Professional MBA Program does not require you to take business prerequisite coursework for admission. That’s right—you can begin your MBA without taking business courses. Plus, with four possible dates to start every year, you can get going as soon as you’re ready. Step one: check out your admissions options, application deadlines, and how to apply.

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