Options are a very good thing

For working professionals, flexibility is everything. So we've put you in control of your Iowa MBA experience.

Classes can be completed fully online or, if you're in Iowa near Cedar Rapids or Des Moines, you can take a mix of online and in-person courses. 

Both online and in-person courses typically include a live session each week. Live sessions start between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., no Fridays or weekends. When you register for courses, you'll know the live session times for every course, so you can choose options that work best for you.

In-person courses: How they work

  • Pre-recorded lecture content plus in-person sessions in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines. Most courses are 8 weeks in length though there are some 11-week options.
  • No Fridays or weekends. 
  • In-person courses may also be offered as 5- or 3-week courses. These are taught on two weeknights (e.g. Mondays and Thursdays), or five in-class weekdays (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.).

Online courses: How they work

  • Eight-week courses with pre-recorded content plus 60- to 120-minute live sessions one night a week where students are logged in together.
  • No Fridays or weekends. 
  • Live sessions are ideal for lively discussion, applying new knowledge, and connecting with classmates and instructors.

Set aside some "you" time

For each 8-week course, you should plan on at least 10-12 hours per week of study and coursework. This will vary weekly depending on exams, presentations, team assignments, and your previous experience with the subject. 

“With little kids, I struggled with timing my MBA. In Iowa’s program, I’m able to organize my schedule so that it makes sense from a home-life and work perspective.”

Core courses

These are the nine required courses every Iowa MBA student completes. For students with an extensive academic background in a certain area, you can request to waive the core course from that area and complete an elective in its place.

Core

Concepts, principles, and models of marketing. The relationship between marketing and other functional areas of business. Emphasis on how the marketing manager can achieve desired outcomes with the target market.

Emphasizes decision making, leadership, and communication in management positions. Topics include motivation, leadership, and teams, as well as organizational culture, design, and change.

A framework for understanding financial reporting practices in the U.S., including how alternative accounting treatments affect financial information that impacts decision making.

Utilizing Excel, you’ll apply analytical tools to solve practical business problems using real-world data. Includes dealing with uncertainty and techniques to model, explain, and predict decisions.

MBA-level economics, including value creation, drivers of demand, economic cost and its relation to accounting, international economies, and pricing decisions.

Core

What’s your dollar worth a week, six months, a year from now? This course teaches you to apply time value of money and NPV techniques you’ll use for years to come. Also covered: valuing stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, and analyzing financial statements and pro-formas.

How to plan and make decisions that optimize operations, whether you’re in manufacturing or services. We’ll emphasize delivery strategy, process design, capacity, and supply chain.

Learn how to compete and thrive in domestic and global markets through a solid foundation in strategy. Topics include fundamentals of industry analysis, competitive advantage, horizontal diversification, vertical integration and elements of foreign and international strategy.

This “capstone” course brings together the foundation you’ve gained from other core courses. Working with a small team of classmates, you’ll get hands-on strategy experience through a business simulation. You’ll analyze the industry, assess market opportunities, define your company direction, compete against your classmate teams for venture capital, and tweak your strategy to earn market share.

Electives courses

We change up which elective courses are offered throughout the year. Here’s a sample of recent electives we’ve offered:

Finance & Accounting

  • Financial Statement Analysis and Forecasting
  • Portfolio Management
  • Real Estate Finance & Investments
  • Corporate Investment & Finance Decisions
  • Wealth Management
  • Strategic Cost Analysis
     

Marketing

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing Communication & Promotions
  • Product & Pricing Management
  • Digital Marketing Insights, Strategies & Applications

Business Analytics

  • Data Programming in R
  • Data Programming in Python
  • Data Management & Visual Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics
  • People Analytics
  • Data Leadership & Management
  • Text Analytics
  • Data Science

Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation
  • Managing the Growth Business
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Management

  • Dynamics of Negotiations
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Project Management
  • Managing & Preventing Conflict
  • Maximizing Team Performance
  • Strategic Management of Change
  • Managing Employee Performance
  • Agile Project Management
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Law & Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability