Professional MBA in Des Moines

The Faster MBA Program Overview

Working professionals are busy. We understand that. We offer a Professional MBA program at our office in Capital Square in downtown Des Moines. It’s a full-time education on a part-time schedule, taught by the same quality faculty as our Full-Time MBA program on campus. 


Take classes two nights per week and earn your degree in 2 1/2 years or less. The Fast Track option enables students to finish in only two calendar years by taking courses year-round. The Faster MBA means a faster promotion, a faster raise, a faster climb up the corporate ladder.

Scott Bethel testimonialCore Curriculum & Elective Courses 

The Faster MBA consists of ten core courses (30 credits) and six elective courses (18 credits). While the program can be started in the spring, summer, or fall, students progress through the core curriculum as a cohort starting in the fall semester.


  • Each entering cohort of Professional MBA students takes two core courses per semester for five semesters.
  • Each core course is delivered in a six-week block, meeting two evenings per week (5:50-9:10 pm). 
  • The established course sequencing is designed to build a solid foundation in the core areas of business.

Elective courses are available in Ames, Des Moines, and online.     

Team Approach to Learning 

In today’s business environment, teamwork is essential to success. The Iowa State Professional MBA builds the team concept into the core curriculum, giving students the opportunity to practice leading a group and capitalizing on members’ strengths. Diverse student teams are determined for each entering cohort and are maintained throughout the five semester core. 

Custom Program of Study

Students tailor their MBA studies by taking six elective courses. Electives are offered in Des Moines, Ames, and online. Students may choose a specialization area or pursue a general management study plan.


Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics can be pursued concurrently with the Professional MBA. The Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of four courses (12 credits) in business analytics, of which three courses (9 credits) may also apply toward MBA elective credits. Students are able to earn an Iowa State University MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics by successfully completing one additional course (3 credits) beyond the 48 credits required for the MBA.    

Make Your Experience Count

Professional MBA applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the GMAT. If you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher (and/or post-graduate degree) from an accredited U.S. institution and at least five years of progressive, professional work experiences, you will not have to take the GMAT when you apply to the Professional MBA.


A Petition to Waive the GMAT Requirement may be submitted prior to officially applying to the Professional MBA.   

Learn More

Interested in learning more about the Professional MBA in Des Moines? Register for an information event.  For individual appointments, e-mail Ron Ackerman, Director, MBA Admissions and Student Services,at


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