U.S. News ranks Iowa part-time MBA program #35 in the nation
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings, the Professional MBA Program at the Tippie College of Business is ranked as the #35 part-time MBA program in the U.S., up a point from #36 last year. It is the only program in Iowa ranked among the top 50 part-time MBA programs.

“This program is designed so students can move at their own pace, customize their curriculum with five concentrations, and choose the course format that matches their learning style. Working professionals require persistent upskilling, and this program meets that need perfectly,” said Dean Amy Kristof-Brown. “I am tremendously proud of team who grew this program during the most difficult year in our history.”

Since first participating in the part-time MBA program rankings in 2011, the program has consistently ranked as the state of Iowa’s #1 part-time MBA for working professionals.

Since its inception in 1966 it has grown to 847 students, making it one of the 10 largest programs in the country. This is made possible through off-campus locations in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport, plus a growing number of online courses.

While the college has delivered some number of classes online since 2003, the pandemic temporarily took all classes online adding even greater flexibility and accessibility to the program. The curriculum of this top ranked program is now available fully online and taught by the same faculty through the Online MBA Program, which launched in 2019. 

Part-time MBA programs are assessed by U.S. News with a combination of data points including peer assessment, average GMAT/GRE scores, average undergraduate GPA, years of work experience, and percentage of full-time vs. part-time MBA program enrollment. Statistical data was collected fall 2020 and early 2021.

Highlights of the rankings will be published in the America’s Best Graduate Schools 2022 guidebook. A paid subscription is required to access all of the information.

Overall, the University of Iowa has 63 graduate colleges and programs ranked by U.S. News, according to the 2022 report. To learn more, visit Iowa Now.

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