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MBA 2018-01-03T14:59:19+00:00

Your Ambition, Our MBA

Open yourself to new possibilities with an MBA from Iowa State University. Whether you want to complement your technical or science background, move in a new career direction, or take your business career to new heights, our MBA will help you accomplish your goals.

Whether you are in the Executive MBA,  full-time MBA program or the Professional MBA in Des Moines, we strive to create a rewarding and supportive learning environment for you.  In the Iowa State MBA, you can expect to receive a high quality instruction, customized academic and career support services, and opportunities for personal and professional growth during the time you are with us.

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Not sure which MBA program is right for you? Compare our MBA programs.

Specializing in Agriculture, Food and Biosystems

The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business will offer an Executive MBA program targeted at mid-level executives working for agriculture, food and biosystems companies. The 21-month program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals. Additionally, the program will feature state of the art business trends and research presented in concert with industry leaders and scientists to prepare the next generation of leadership.

  • Courses will be offered in hybrid format, combining online and face-to-face interactions.
  • Most of the face-to-face sessions will be offered every three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The program will partner with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to offer customized content for food, agriculture, and biosystems industries executives.
  • The program fees will cover tuition, books, parking, study trips and meals.
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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.

Key features of the Iowa State full-time MBA:

  • You will earn your MBA through a team-based, cohort approach to learning.
  • You will receive comprehensive, personalized academic and career support services.
  • You will learn in a dynamic classroom environment with classmates from around the world with diverse academic backgrounds and work experiences.
  • You will be taught by nationally-recognized faculty engaged in leading edge research and committed to teaching excellence in the MBA program.
  • You will have the opportunity to further develop your soft skills both inside and outside the MBA classroom.
  • You will have the option to undertake an international study experience.
Learn More

To learn more, call 515-294-8118 or e-mail Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing and Alumni Relations, at

Iowa State offers a part-time MBA program in Des Moines for employed professionals. Professional MBA classes meet in the Capital Square Building located on the corner of 5th and Locust in downtown Des Moines.

The Iowa State Professional MBA is an intense, fast-paced program. It is designed for students who want to push hard through their MBA studies, finish quickly, and move forward with their careers. Over 80% of Professional MBA students not only finish the program, but do so in 2 1/2 years or less.

Key features of the Iowa State Professional MBA:

  • You will earn an MBA with identical degree requirements to the full-time MBA.
  • You will be taught by the same faculty teaching in the full-time program.
  • You will progress through the ten core courses as a cohort maximizing your MBA experience.
  • You will work with a diverse team of colleagues throughout the core curriculum.
  • You will select elective courses offered through a variety of delivery methods.
  • You will have an opportunity to participate in international study.
  • You will have the option to complete your MBA in two years through the Fast-Track program.
Learn More

To learn more about the Professional MBA program, we hold Information Events throughout the year. Individual appointments are also available in Ames and in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment, call 515-294-8118 or e-mail Ron Ackerman, Director of Student Services, at

Program Full-Time MBA Professional MBA
Total Credits 48 48
Core Credits 30 30
Elective Credits 18 18
Time to Completion 2 years 2.5 years
Credits Per Semester 12 6
Semesters Per Year 2 3
Class Schedule During the day In the evening
Class Location Ames Des Moines
Admission Semester Fall only Spring, Summer, or Fall
Average GMAT Score 600s 500s
Accept GRE? Yes Yes
Prerequisites? None None
Student Demographic Full-time student Working full-time

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