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 in-person classes meet one day a week for 11 weeks, with additional options for 5-week intersessions and weekend courses. Add even more flexibility with a selection of online courses.

Spring & fall

  • 11-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., one weeknight per week. No Friday courses.
  • 5-week intersession courses: Two formats—weekends (four Friday evenings and four Saturdays) or four weeknights (usually Mondays & Thursdays)


  • 11-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., one night per week. No Friday courses.
  • 6-week courses: Meet from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., two days per week, usually Mondays & Thursdays.


  • 3-week courses: Two weeks of at-your-own-pace coursework plus five in-class weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need online options? We've got you covered.

We offer 12–15 online courses every year, including a number from the MBA core. Online courses fill quickly, but some students can complete half (or more) of their MBA coursework virtually.

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 2–5 set meeting times and the rest at your own pace.

Alumni Story
David Chivers

Pivot from young leader to president

Working while attending school is no easy feat. But doing both at the same time created non-stop opportunities for David Chivers (MBA05) to try out his coursework in the real world.

“You do your MBA for the toolkit, the network, and the brand name. For me, the flexibility of Iowa’s part-time program was terrific.”

The Professional MBA Program’s flexible evening and weekend classes rocketed Chivers from young manager to the executive level, as Gannett regional president and publisher.

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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 the 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 up to four possible start dates 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.

See ways to get started