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University of Iowa, Tippie School of Management Executive MBA

Built on the principles of Integrity, Innovation, and Impact, the Tippie College of Business’ undergraduate program offers six majors to more than 4,000 business and pre-business undergraduate students. Graduate students can enroll in one of the College’s six PhD programs or Masters of Accountancy Program. Six MBA programs provide an array of options, whether it be the on-campus, two-year Full-time MBA Program; the MBA for Professionals and Managers Program, offered in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and the Quad Cities; the Executive MBA; Dual Degree Program; or the two international programs in Hong Kong and Italy.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $55,000

Program Information

The University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie School of Management Says

Built on the principles of Integrity, Innovation, and Impact, the Tippie College of Business’ undergraduate program offers six majors to more than 4,000 business and pre-business undergraduate students. Graduate students can enroll in one of the College’s six PhD programs or Masters of Accountancy Program.

Six MBA programs provide an array of options, whether it be the on-campus, two-year Full-time MBA Program; the MBA for Professionals and Managers Program, offered in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and the Quad Cities; the Executive MBA; Dual Degree Program; or the two international programs in Hong Kong and Italy.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 39% accepted out of 245 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.35
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Out of State Application Fee: $60
  • In State Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

Applicants to Tippie's MBA programs must submit an online application, official transcripts of post-secondary work, essays, a professional resume, a list of three references, an official GMAT score report, an admissions interview, and a TOEFL or IELTS score for international students. The school also strongly encourages applicants "to have a minimu...Applicants to Tippie's MBA programs must submit an online application, official transcripts of post-secondary work, essays, a professional resume, a list of three references, an official GMAT score report, an admissions interview, and a TOEFL or IELTS score for international students. The school also strongly encourages applicants "to have a minimum of two years full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience."

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Important Dates

Round 1
August

18

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,085
Percent International Students 26%
Total Full-Time Faculty 84
Full-Time Faculty 61%

Student Life

Students are enthusiastic in their praise of Iowa City’s “vibrant atmosphere which helps you both learn and relax.” The city’s “night-life is great and there are also a lot of hole­in-the-wall restaurants that provide a lot of diversity in dining.” Iowa City also “has easy access to Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, and is 20 minutes from the airport for longer journeys.” Students count their school’s “friendly atmosphere from admissions to faculty and stu­dents” as one of its strengths. When not immersed in their studies, students can partici­pate in “lots of social activities as well as many school-related activities” including “com­pany presentations and speaker sessions every fortnight.” One student gushes, “The guest speakers are phenomenal—John Rice [Vice Chairman of General Electric], Fred Whyte [President of Stihl] and Clay Jones [CEO of Rockwell Collins]—are just a snapshot of the leaders that spoke at our school while I was a student.” For the more athletically-inclined students, “the football atmosphere is awesome and something that should be experienced.” The school’s “small community of students” is self-described as “classic Midwest[ern] people—hardworking, fairly narrow life experience, super friendly, outcome-oriented, family people.” “There is a strong moral compass, and you do not have to be worried about being stabbed in the back by a fellow student for an A.” These “very friendly, wel­coming, and supportive” students who are “top-of-the-line performers” include “motor­bike racers, go-cart racers, triathlon/marathon runners, musicians, math geeks, entrepre­neurs, ex-military men, etc.”

Career

Tippie students reveal, “We can do a little better with career services. As such, it is good but we have faced some challenges during the economic downturn.” Another student says they feel “disappointed with the efforts given by the University of Iowa for career guidance.” Other students offer a more positive view of the Career Services Office, say­ing that they “motivate you and they also are as demanding as our professors in doing things like mock interviews, networking events etc. Also there is a leadership course that offers help to prepare one to present in professional and personal setting[s].”Although they long for “more geographically diverse recruiters” and feel that there needs to be more effort put into “attracting more companies to visit on campus,” Tippie students have noticed some recent improvement in recruiting on campus. “During the past year we have begun attracting high-tech firms and investment banks due to the efforts of career services and alumni. We have recently had Amazon recruit on campus...and are seeking to expand Goldman-Sachs undergraduate recruitment to include MBAs. We are also seeing many mid-market investment banks and private equity groups recruit on campus.”

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About

The University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie School of Management offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree consistently ranked in the top 50 MBA programs in the world. Many characteristics contribute to the quality of the Tippie MBA, including a flexible curriculum and great placement results. Here are a few of the attributes that set Tippie apart from other programs. A Personal Touch Or students are never just a face in the crowd. They form relationships with classmates, faculty, and staff that continue long after the formal program is complete. In fact, our students are on a first-name basis with the dean. By limiting class size, we provide a program that meets individual needs. Reputation The Tippie School of Management attracts the best and brightest students from around the world, making the program one of the most reputable programs in the world. While at Tippie, students enhance their knowledge of business fundamentals, develop leadership experience, and further their professional development. We produce graduates that go on to business success across the country and the world. Environment Iowa City has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich culture, contributing to the city's selection by Forbes as one of the nation's best "small cities". Enjoy Big Ten athletics, world-class cultural events, ethnic restaurants, and parks all within easy driving distance of Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The Tippie MBA is one-of-a-kind. Taught by world-class faculty in a dynamic, Big Ten town, the Tippie MBA is an outstanding value.

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Students Say

While some students extol the “wonderful experiential learning,” and the “breadth of courses unmatched by most other institutions” that are offered at the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at The University of Iowa, others praise its “small class sizes along with the unique Academy structure.” The Academy structure requires students to select “one of three academies based on their interests: Finance, Marketing, [or] Strategic Innovation,” the latter which encompasses both Strategic Management and Innovation and Supply Chain and Analytics tracks. In 2009 the school revamped its curriculum “two 16-week semesters to four eight-week modules. This allows students to take fewer class­es at one time and focus all attention on the subject matter at hand.”Nevertheless, students generally laud the school’s “high return on investment” and feel that “the greatest strengths of the University of Iowa are the [number] of opportunities that are available in academics, athletics, government, and volunteer work.” They also highlight that “the Tippie School’s Supplu Chain and Analytics courses and association with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are outstanding resources whether you want to start or improve a business.” The Entrepreneurial Center, in particular, is “a hidden gem” that “offers many business competition events throughout the year that provide funding for startups, access to successful entrepreneurs and business mentorship.” Students also boast that “the school’s Henry Fund”—a $3.1 million student managed investment fund—”has received the top honors for performance the past five years as well.”Classes at Tippie provide a “comfortable environment” where there is a “good mix of readings, lectures, simulations, and real-world applications” that helps to nurture “thought and healthy conversation.” The small size of the program creates “opportunity for involvement, interviews, and faculty interactions” and “more personalized attention.”The students are also impressed by their “outstanding” and “top-notch” professors who are often “national experts [in] their subject area.” These “approachable” professors “do a very good job getting to know the students and build a personal relationship with most.” The school’s administration also received kudos from the students who observe that “the administration and professors meet frequently to incorporate ideas that they have gained from other schools, their own insight, and feedback from students.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Pappajohn Enterpreneurial Center; Iowa Electronic Markets; Small Business Development Center; Institute for International Business; Pomerantz Business Library; Economic Research Institute; RSM McGladrey Institute of Accounting Education and Research; Iowa Center for Wealth Management.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The Tippie School of Management strives to provide international experiential opportunities to enrich the student experience. Student leaders organize a number of internationally focused activities including: International Lunch & Learn, Diwali Celebration and a Lunar New Year Festival. In addition, specialized training is provided to international students that focuses on the American culture and business environment as well as career development and job seeking in the U.S. All students have access to International Students and Scholar Services (http://international.uiowa.edu/isss)

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.uiowa.edu/~glbtau

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://tippie.uiowa.edu/fulltimemba/community/diversity.cfm

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Free tutoring is available for all 1st year core courses.

  • Research Facilities:

    Pappajohn Enterpreneurial Center; Iowa Electronic Markets; Small Business Development Center; Institute for International Business; Pomerantz Business Library; Economic Research Institute; RSM McGladrey Institute of Accounting Education and Research; Iowa Center for Wealth Management.

  • Study Abroad:

    Current alliances with WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany; Wirtschafts University in Vienna, Austria; Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Germany; Erasmus in Rotterdam, Netherlands; CIMBA in Italy.

  • Women Support Groups:

    The Tippie chapter of MBA Women International has established ties with local businesses and created networking and mentoring opportunities for women. MBA Women International has been able to provide a unique resource and support system for the women in the Tippie program through community work, leadership training, and social activities. http://tippie.uiowa.edu/fulltimemba/organizations/mbawomen/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie School of Management include:

Karen Alber - CIO, MillerCoors

Jerre L. Stead - CEO and Chairman, IHS Inc.

Mark Buthman - CFO, Kimberly Clark

Laura Desmond - CEO, Starcom MediaVest

Christopher Klein - CEO, Fortune Brands

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $49,056

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Gavilon, Home Depot, Deloitte, Discover Financial Services, Hewlett Packard

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 43% $80,525
Business 38% $81,314
Other 35% $79,715
Marketing / Sales 27% $76,000
Technical 27% $81,258
Financial Services 24% $80,444
Manufacturing 16% $78,331
Operations / Logistics 14% $79,717
Consulting 11% $96,750
Other 11% $80,625
Consulting 11% $96,750

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 73%
Three Month Employment 90%
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