Important Information for 2021 Enrollment

In consideration of the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff, we have made the decision to hold all Summer 2021 Professional MBA courses fully online.

Further, we've made the following changes to our enrollment policies. See Admissions for full details.

  1. The GMAT/GRE requirement has been suspended for admission for the following semesters: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. No score is needed to apply, nor at any point during the program.
  2. You are no longer required to be fully employed at the time of admission.

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.

Learn about the curriculum

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.

All courses in the Summer 2021 semester will be held 100% online.

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.

All Professional MBA courses in Summer 2021 will be delivered 100% online.
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 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