Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Consulting, Management
Information Systems (MIS), Marketing, Operations Management, Product
Development and Management, Self-designed concentrations
TOP 10 EMPLOYERS
- HON Industries, Inc.
- Northwest Airlines
- Deere & Co.
- Scotia Capital
- Sprint Corp.
- Kraft Foods
- U.S. Bancorp
- National City Corp.
- The Pillsbury Company
2 required essays
Interview (required for admission)
3 letters of recommendation
1 official transcript from each institute
GMAT (ETS code: 6681)
$ 30 fee ($ 50 for non-resident)
International applicants should also provide:
TOEFL (ETS code: 6681-02, a minimum of 600 on paper-based or 250 on
- Academic record. Your entire academic record, including all
undergraduate work and any graduate work you may have completed will be
evaluated. Completion of specific coursework in business or management is
not required. All majors are considered equally. Although no specific
minimum grade-point is required, applicants who are admitted show evidence
of being able to successfully complete a rigorous academic program. For
example, the reputation of the institution attended and the nature of the
curriculum as well as the specific grade point average attained is
- GMAT. An official score report for the GMAT is required. Applications
are not complete and will not be considered until an official GMAT score
is received. Iowa does not have a specific minimum GMAT score requirement.
However, GMAT scores are a key component of the application. Applicants
may complete the GMAT more than once; only the higher score is considered.
- TOEFL. Results of this exam are required for international applicants
who are nonnative speakers of English. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score
is 600 on the paper-based test and 250 on the computer-based test.
- Work experience. Employment prior to beginning your MBA is critical to
gain maximum benefit from the program. At least two years of full-time
work experience after completion of the bachelor’s degree is generally
required. The admission committee is especially interested in professional
experiences that demonstrate your ability to succeed in a business
- Recommendations. Three recommendations are required. References should
be familiar with your professional or academic achievements.
- Leadership: activities, service, and recognition. The admissions
committee looks for applicants who are able to demonstrate leadership
characteristics. This may be evident in your work history, but many other
activities also reveal leadership potential.
- Interview. An admission interview is required prior to a final
admission decision. Applicants unable to visit campus, and whose
credentials warrant an interview will be contacted by the MBA Admissions
Office to arrange an alternate interview format. This may be a telephone
interview, an interview with an alumnus, or an interview with a
representative of the MBA Admissions Office who may be traveling to the
1. Discuss your specific career objectives, how an Iowa MBA fits in with
your plans, and explain which aspects of Iowa’s MBA program most appeal to
2. Give an example of a situation or an action that describes your potential
for success in a professional environment (e.g., communication skills,
entrepreneurial interests, leadership ability, etc.).
3. Other Attachments (In answering the following questions, feel free to
give detailed responses.) If you feel that adverse conditions have played a
substantial role in your educational development and if you would like the
Admissions Committee to weigh the factors involved, please describe your
situation on a separate sheet of paper and give a brief explanation of its
impact on your academic record. Examples of circumstances which could merit
consideration are significant economic, social, physical, or cultural
factors in your background.
A. If you believe that your score on the GMAT does not reflect your ability
because you do not do well on standardized tests, indicate the scores you
received on the ACT, SAT, or any other standardized test taken before
entering college or graduating.
B. If you believe that your undergraduate grade-point average does not
accurately reflect your ability, please specify the condition (e.g.,
illness) or obligations (e.g., employment) that interfered with your
performance and why. If employment was the cause, indicate why you worked;
how many hours per week you worked each semester; the type of employment.
C. Describe anything you have done since your graduation from college or
graduate school that you believe reflects your ability to perform
competently in the Iowa MBA program more accurately than your GMAT score and
grade-point average indicate.
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