The Iowa State full-time MBA is an intensive two-year program comprised of ten core courses (30 credits) and six electives (18 credits). The MBA provides a broad perspective in management education with opportunities for you to tailor the program to meet your academic and career goals. The core curriculum is delivered through a prescribed sequence of required core courses building a solid foundation for advanced study in business. Specializations are offered in accounting, finance, technology and innovation management, marketing, and supply chain management.

Enhance Your Professional Skills

In the Iowa State MBA, you have numerous opportunities to further develop your professional skills, both inside and outside the classroom. You will progress through the ten core courses with a diverse team of classmates. You will work on many class projects as a team developing your collaboration, leadership, and communications skills. The case study method used throughout the MBA core curriculum will compel you to problem-solve by thinking both analytically and creatively. Two professional development courses, taken in your first year of study, include workshops and seminars, executive speakers, and company tours that will further enhance your job search, networking, and soft skills.

Professional skills can be learned, but practice improves them. The Iowa State MBA provides ample opportunities to apply what you are learning in the classroom and to exercise your professional skills. For example, you will take part with your MBA team in a case competition; the culminating event in the MBA core curriculum. Iowa State MBA teams also participate in several university-hosted MBA case competitions throughout the Midwest. In one of the professional development courses, MBA consulting teams undertake service-learning projects with local non-profit organizations, thereby you are helping others and benefitting the community. You will be invited to join an active student organization, the MBA Association, where you are able to enhance your leadership abilities by holding officer positions or coordinating special projects.

Achieve Your Ultimate Goal: Employment Success

The Iowa State MBA consistently ranks among the top schools for students finding jobs at or shortly after graduation. A record of employment success among our MBA graduates is achieved for two reasons. First, we equip our students. Beginning at orientation and throughout your first year of MBA studies, you will have access to a wide array of career services. These comprehensive resources will help you develop a customized job search plan. Second, we offer you personalized career services. Employment opportunities and challenges are unique to each and every MBA student. We provide one-on-one career counseling to equip and best prepare you to achieve your ultimate goal of pursuing an MBA–employment success.

MBA Specializations

Students in the MBA program may pursue an optional area of specialization in accounting, finance, technology and information management, marketing, or supply chain management. An area of specialization requires nine credit hours of approved MBA elective coursework within one of the above fields of study.

Students may pursue a double specialization which requires a minimum of seven elective courses. At least one elective must be outside the two specialization areas.


The accounting specialization is designed to equip the accounting professional with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively within today’s technology-driven, global economy. Issues and challenges facing the accounting profession today are explored.


The finance specialization will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate financial management and investments strategies. Coursework is offered in advanced financial analysis and decision-making, portfolio management, derivative markets, and real estate finance.


The marketing specialization will help you acquire skills in analyzing and using existing data to make effective marketing decisions. Marketing coursework provides you with an understanding of various marketing concepts, models, and tools to examine how consumers behave and markets function.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is one of the fastest growing areas in business today. Increased globalization and rapidly advancing information technology tools are prime factors affecting the movement of parts, management of inventory flow, fulfillment of customer orders, and whether dealer requirements and deadlines are met in a timely manner. SCM integrates global information and processes across all business functions including supply management, operations, information technology, and logistics.

Technology and Innovation Management

The Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) specialization examines issues related to the development and management of information and knowledge-based technologies. Topics include decision support and data-mining, human-computer interaction, system security and integrity, and project management. The TIM specialization also focuses on the management of innovation and the commercialization of new technologies.

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Financial Assistance

The ISU College of Business has attractive financial support options for qualified candidates. Financial assistance is offered in the form of graduate assistantships and/or scholarships. Prior academic success and performance on the GMAT or GRE are the primary factors considered in awarding financial support.


The Iowa State University CyBIZ Lab provides opportunities for MBA students to lead cross-functional teams working on real projects for real companies. MBA students gain hands-on experience solving real business problems. MBA students are employed as graduate assistants for CyBIZ Lab.


Admission into the full-time MBA program is available starting the fall semester. We seek students around the world with diverse academic backgrounds and employment histories. We carefully assess the fit between each candidate’s qualifications and expectations and our MBA program’s qualities and characteristics.

Successful Start Program

Once you become an Iowa State MBA student, we want to ensure a positive transition into our program. Through the Successful Start Program, you will have the opportunity to enroll in several online, pre-MBA short courses to help you to successfully launch your Iowa State MBA studies.

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Entry Requirements

Application Materials

  • Online application
  • GMAT or GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS (international students)
  • Transcripts
  • Resume (2 pages maximum, submit to or upload to the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and work-related sources only)
  • Personal Essay Form (submit as word documents to or they can be uploaded to the online application as a pdf)
  • Interview by Invitation

Entry into the Full-time MBA

Students are admitted into the full-time MBA starting the fall semester only.

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