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MBA 2018-08-03T20:53:24+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.

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.
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The Ivy College of Business offers a concurrent degree program that leads to a bachelor’s degree and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The concurrent MBA 3+2 program is designed to be completed in five academic years or ten semesters.

In the first three years, students progress through the prescribed course requirements in their undergraduate major. The final two years are comprised of the upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate coursework in business, with up to twelve credits applied toward both degrees.

This program is available to undergraduate students enrolled in select design, engineering, and science and technology majors at Iowa State University. The concurrent MBA 3+2 program reduces the cost and traditional timeline of completing a graduate business degree.

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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.
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Specializing in Food, Agriculture, and Biosystems

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

  • Classes meet face-to-face every three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays in Des Moines (in-between classes there is a small amount of online course work)
  • Courses are scripted with no electives so you know your full schedule the day you start and you go through the program with the same people for the full 21-months
  • The curriculum follows a standard MBA program format and partners with ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to offer customized content and case studies for food, agriculture, and biosystems industries executives
  • Tuition is all inclusive of books, speakers, social events, study trips, and meals.
  • Two study trips are included in the program (the first is to Washington D.C. and the second is to an international destination heavily impacting the industry)
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Program Full-Time MBA Professional MBA Executive MBA
Total Credits 48 48 48
Core Credits 30 30 48
Elective Credits 18 18 0
Time to Completion 2 years 2.5 years or less 21 months
Credits Per Semester 12 6 12
Semesters Per Year 2 3 2
Class Schedule During the day In the evening Every three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays during the day
Class Location Ames Des Moines Des Moines
Admission Semester Fall only Spring, Summer, or Fall Fall only
Average GMAT Score 600s 500s Not required
Accept GRE? Yes Yes Not required
Prerequisites? None None 4 year degree from an accredited institution
Student Demographic Full-time student Working full-time Working full-time

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