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The process is quick and easy, with just a few additional steps for international applicants.

You can start your Iowa MBA application at any time. If you can't finish in one fell swoop, that's ok. You’ll create a login at the very start so you can come back later without losing your progress.

Before we can consider you for admission, you’ll need to submit the items that apply from the list below:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency (international applicants only)
  • Payment method for the application fee
  • Optional: Official GMAT or GRE score report

Application fee

  • Domestic applicants: $60
  • International applicants: $100

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.  Application fees are non-refundable and can be paid by credit card only.

Statement of purpose

You’ll submit your response in the online application. The prompt is, “Explain your interest in pursuing this program at the Tippie College of Business and how this experience will allow you to achieve your goals.”  Limit to 500 words or less. You can copy/paste or upload a PDF, DOC, or DOCX file.

Résume

Submit your résume in the online application. You should have at least 18 months of full-time, post-undergrad professional work experience before you start classes. Work experience earned after receiving your undergraduate degree can be counted toward that 18-month number. If you are a non-traditional student, we can consider professional work experience gained before your bachelor's.

Transcripts

You can upload a copy of your transcript in the online application or request that your college/university send official copies to the University of Iowa directly. Instructions are in the online application.

Official GMAT or GRE score report

GMAT/GRE scores are optional. No score is required to apply, nor at any point during the program.

Scores can serve to strengthen your application and help you qualify for scholarship opportunities. If you choose to submit a score, upload a copy of your score report within the online application. This is sufficient for the application review. 

If offered admission, the official GMAT/GRE score report should be sent to the University of Iowa promptly. Request score reports from MBA.com (choose Tippie College of Business Iowa MBA) or ETS (institution code 6681).

International applicants

English proficiency

Most international candidates are eligible to waive the English proficiency test.

If any of these apply, answer 'Yes' to the ‘I meet the criteria for a waiver’ question in the online application, under the ‘TOEFL/IELTS Scores' section.

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • You were educated in English for a previous degree (and can provide documents or other proof from your school)
  • You are willing to complete an admissions interview with a program representative

If you do not meet the criteria for a waiver, visit the International Student Admissions page for minimum scores and where to send your score report.