It's a snap to get started

Decide when you want to start classes. Apply by the deadline. That’s it. 

With three start times a year, the Iowa MBA Program offers virtually year-round admission. Admission decisions are based on your work experience, academic performance, test scores (if you choose to provide them), and essay.

Application dates and deadlines

For strongest consideration and to qualify for scholarship opportunities, submit your application by the priority deadline. Applications completed after this date will be considered as capacity allows. 


Classes start: Late January

Priority deadline: October 15

Final deadline: January 1

Applications open August 15


Classes start: May 

Priority deadline: February 15

Final deadline: May 1

Applications open January 1


Classes start: August

Priority deadline: April 15

Final deadline: August 1

Applications open March 1

Minimum requirements

Before you get cracking on your application, you'll need:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
    • If your GPA is under 3.0, you may qualify for our MBA Access admission option.
  • At least 18 months of post-undergraduate professional, full-time work experience
    • If you have 12 months of work experience, you may qualify for our MBA Access admission option.
  • U.S. citizenship/permanent residency, or non-U.S. citizenship with a valid non-student visa

A test score (GMAT or GRE) is not required for admission nor at any point during the program, but can strengthen your application for admission and scholarship eligibility. Review the admission criteria to learn about the kind of student we’re looking for.

These are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Check out the average profile for an Iowa MBA student.

There's another way to get in: MBA Access

As an undergrad, a lot of things can get in the way of a high GPA, and we get that.

If your undergrad GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0, or you only have 12 months of work experience, the MBA Access admission option allows you to start taking MBA courses right away—without adding time or extra cost to your MBA.

Explore MBA Access

Admission criteria

Your academics, test scores (if you provide them), work experience, and personal statement of purpose—that's where we’ll focus our attention when we review your application for admission.


An MBA requires working with numbers. Quantitative skills—i.e., math and stats—are key. We’ll look at your transcripts to see results of the quant courses you’ve taken.

Statement of Purpose

Take this opportunity to standout in the application process and give us a sense of who you are and why you're interested in this program. Your essay will be evaluated for an admissions decision and should include more information about your academic and professional goals. Minimum of 250 words with a limit of 500 words. You can copy/paste or upload a PDF, DOC, or DOCX file when you submit your application.

Entrance exam (optional)

GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission, nor at any point in the program. 

However, GMAT and GRE scores are proven indicators of a candidate's ability to excel in the classroom, and can strengthen your application significantly. Scholarships for Iowa MBA students are available and awarded based on academic measures including GPA and GMAT/GRE scores.

Work experience

The minimum to be considered for admission is 18 months of post-undergrad professional, full-time work experience. We’re looking for work records that demonstrate increasing responsibility and/or promotions.  

How we define professional work experience:

Time spent working in a business environment with significant individual responsibilities, including some decision-making authority and personal accountability for the results of those decisions, post-undergrad.

Professional backgrounds can vary, and we're looking for your work experience to demonstrate skills in independent problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, time management, and management of people or teams. If you're a non-traditional student, we may be able to consider work experience gained before your bachelor’s.

Ready to apply? Get more specifics from the application checklist.

Application CHECKLIST 

Online learners

Technology requirements

For online courses, you'll need regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection, a headset, and a webcam.

Explore our suggested computer configurations for new and previously purchased computers (click "Technical Requirements/Download Page") to see how they compare to our recommended requirements.

Location limitations

Limitations under the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The University of Iowa is a member of SARA and is authorized to offer online courses and programs to residents of member states, districts and territories of the United States. 

Two U.S. territories—Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands— are not SARA-approved at this time, so the University of Iowa cannot admit students who reside in these regions.

Other location limitations

Due to firewalls or government restrictions blocking our Learning Management System (LMS), we are also unable to admit students who will be studying in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or the region of Crimea. 

Calculate your cost

Find out more about tuition costs, fees, scholarships, and funding opportunities.