Executive MBA Program Revamp
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tippie College of Business

The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business is revamping its Executive MBA Program to provide students with new programming and a path to earning the Iowa MBA in just 16 months.

Program enhancements include the addition of online courses and personalized executive coaching, as well as the accelerated 16-month graduation plan. The cohorts that start in both the Iowa City and the Des Moines locations in August 2019 will be the first to enjoy the program enhancements.

These changes come as Tippie continues to re-envision its program portfolio amid rapidly changing student and employer needs. The move follows recent announcements that the college is adding an online option to its part-time MBA program and adding specialized master’s programs in finance and business analytics.

“There are societal shifts impacting all business education, and executive programs are no exception,” says Sarah Gardial, dean of the Tippie College of Business. “With continued improvements to our program, we are delivering on our promise to have one of the top executive programs in the country."

Dawn Kluber, assistant dean and director of the Executive MBA Program, says Tippie is focused on increasing the value of its programs while better accommodating ever-increasing demands on students’ time. “We’ve done research that provides a blueprint for evolving what’s already an amazing program. We’re focused on content, convenience, and relevance.”

As part of the new program offering, Tippie will roll out personalized executive coaching for all EMBA students. “Combining leadership development with transformative business education is one of the signature aspects of the Executive MBA Program,” says Kluber. “Students have consistently told us how the program has helped them realize their leadership potential. Now, we’ll be taking that one step further by providing executive coaching to prepare them to lead at the highest level.”

Another major change is the integration of online courses to the EMBA curriculum. “We’re introducing a summer semester that’s fully online. This will allow students to earn their MBA in 16 months while maintaining the depth and breadth of learning the program is known for,” Kluber says.

“As business leaders increasingly juggle more and more, we need to rethink all aspects of how we develop their strategic management skills,” says Dean Sarah Gardial. “The Iowa Executive MBA combines the depth of a top-tier business education with the benefits of executive coaching—all while helping students balance the demands at home and work.”

The changes will not impact tuition nor will they have any effect on current students.

Iowa’s Executive MBA Program has been educating business leaders since the 1970s and has expanded to Des Moines in recent years. Executive programs typically serve mid-to-senior level professionals who are in leadership positions or moving upward in their organizations. Tippie currently has 83 students enrolled in the program, with prominent alumni including Kent Statler, EVP and COO at Rockwell Collins; Mary Sellers, US President of United Way; Jeff Lorenger, CEO of HNI Corporation; and Sue Taylor, CIO at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.