Develop bold insights that lead change

Why wait for a breakthrough when you can make it yourself?

At Tippie, innovation and entrepreneurship is part of our DNA. Since business leader and venture capitalist John Pappajohn founded the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) in 1996, our reputation for innovation has only continued to grow. 

You can learn from our legacy with an MBA that blends Tippie's expertise in management and entrepreneurship with Iowa JPEC's signature start-up spirit.

The Iowa MBA in Innovation comprises four total courses, where you'll gain skills to generate bold new solutions to business problems, push innovation forward at your company, and develop your own ventures. 

There’s no extra cost or extra time required —and you’ll graduate with an MBA plus a certificate in innovation.

What kind of classes are you looking for?

Concentration curriculum

Four courses are required to earn your concentration. Courses are subject to change.

Required courses:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Elective courses:

  • Design Thinking
  • Managing the Growth Business / Strategic Business Growth
  • Maximizing Team Performance


See detailed course information.

Certificate-only option

You can earn the Innovation Certificates as a stand-alone credential outside of the Iowa MBA program. To get started, you must submit a separate application. You’ll need to take the required courses to complete the Innovation Certificate, and you can start in any semester.

See Admissions Requirements