The hottest intersection in business education

There was a time when companies needed a computer scientist to mine their data, a finance grad to put it in business context, and a manager to lead change and gain buy-in. Not anymore. Tippie’s MBA/MS in business analytics is the conduit to one person who can do it all.

Your MBA gives you command over all aspects of business. You see the connection between marketing and supply chain. You can read a 10-K and know where a company is headed. You understand people—collaborating, influencing, maximizing performance, and motivating to reach a common goal.

Your business influence is fueled by your ability to gather, analyze, and make sense of data—skills you’ll acquire through the master’s in business analytics.

The power of the MBA/MS cannot be overstated. Trust us on this. You’re about to become indispensable.

Program overview

After applying to the dual degree program, you can complete the requirements for the MBA or the MS first, or complete both at the same time; it’s up to you.


Flexible; estimated 8 to 10 semesters, or about 4 years


Apply as soon as you know you’d like to pursue the dual degree. You can start the dual program even if you’ve already begun the MBA or the MS.

Test scores

Neither program has a test score requirement.


The tuition per class is the same for both programs and the MBA/MS program: $2,250 per course.

Credit hours required

A total of 60 s.h. at Iowa (33 MBA and 27 MS)

Courses, locations, format

The dual degree brings together two master’s degrees that you can earn entirely online. If you’re near Des Moines, some MBA courses may also be available in person.

Both programs offer the same flexible, at-your-own-pace timing, which saves you from piecing together independent study and juggling to make schedules work.

Courses are delivered over an 8- or 11-week period, primarily on weeknights. You can complete the dual degree in approximately four years, but you can take up to 10 years if you need more time to finish.

What's so great about a dual degree?

Thought you’d never ask. In a dual degree, each program accepts, or cross-counts, courses from the other, which cuts the credits you need to earn both degrees by five courses. That’s 15 credit hours, the equivalent of about a year’s worth of classes, and over $11k in tuition savings.

How to get started

The two programs make admissions decisions independently, so you’ll need to meet the admissions requirements for both the Iowa MBA and the MSBA.

Applying to both at the same time is recommended, but if your decision to do the MBA/MS comes after you’ve already started one program, that’s okay. Just apply to the other and express your interest in the dual program.

In order to take full advantage of the dual degree program’s efficiencies, you must be admitted to both programs for at least one semester. 

Ready to go? Review criteria for admission to the Business Analytics Program and the Iowa MBA.


Iowa MBA courses

  • Data and Decisions—MBA:8150/BAIS:9100
  • Marketing Management—MBA:8110
  • Management in Organizations—MBA:8120
  • Corporate Financial Reporting—MBA:8140
  • Managerial Economics—MBA:8160
  • Managerial Finance—MBA:8180
  • Foundations in Strategy—MBA:8300
  • Operations and Supply Chain—MBA:8240
  • Business Integration—MBA:8310 or Strategic Business Growth—MBA:8320 or  Strategy in Action—MBA:9300


  • Two MBA electives for a total of 6 semester hours

See full list of courses

Business analytics courses

  • Data Management—BAIS:6050
  • Advanced Analytics—BAIS:9110
  • Data Programming in Python (BAIS:6040)
  • Data Science—BAIS:6070
  • Analytics Experience (required experience project)—BAIS:6120
  • Visual Analytics—BAIS:6140 (for those admitted Fall 2024 or later)


  • Four MSBA electives (12 semester hours) for those admitted before Fall 2024; Three MSBA electives (9 semester hours) for those admitted Fall 2024 or later 

See full list of courses

Sample plan of study (Effective Fall 2024)



  • Data and Decisions (1st 8 weeks)
  • Marketing Management (2nd 8 weeks)


  • Data Programming in Python
  • Management in Organizations (2nd 8 weeks)


  • Data Management




  • Advanced Analytics
  • Corporate Financial Reporting (2nd 8 weeks)


  • MSBA Elective
  • Operations & Supply Chain (2nd 8 weeks)


  • Data Science




  • Visual Analytics
  • Managerial Finance (2nd 8 weeks)


  • MSBA Elective
  • Foundations in Strategy (2nd 8 weeks)


  • Analytics Experience




  • MSBA Elective
  • Managerial Economics (2nd 8 weeks)


  • Business Integration,  Strategic Business Growth, or Strategy in Action
  • MBA Elective


  • MBA Elective