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OPEN yourself to new POSSIBILITIES

FAST FACTS: The College of Business at Iowa State University is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Learn more about AACSB accreditation at

YOUR AMBITION, OUR MBA Open yourself to new possibilities with the Iowa State University Master of Business Administration. Whether you want to rebrand, complement your technical or science background or take your business career to new heights, our MBA will help you accomplish

Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central

your goals. Our world-class faculty, personal approach to your professional development

Association of

and focus on ethics and responsibility set our MBA apart from the competition.

and Schools.


OPEN yourself to new POSSIBILITIES

Why the Iowa State


AMES, IOWA The Iowa State campus is listed among the top 25 most beautiful in the nation and the city of Ames is a safe and friendly


community of 50,000

What makes the Iowa State University MBA program different? We begin our MBA

residents. With more

program with one outcome in mind: your future. We are only satisfied when you have

than 30 parks, miles of trails, and various entertainment venues, there’s always something

accomplished your goals. We select students we know will excel in our personalized environment and thrive after graduation. Our curriculum and development opportunities are centered upon improving your business knowledge base and professional skills. We know what it takes to make you a success.

to do.

Who should pursue an MBA? Non-business majors: individuals interested in receiving a formal business education, complementing their technology or science-based fields, or career changers. Business majors: individuals looking to advance their careers and/or move into management roles.

FAST FACTS: Experts in their fields, Iowa State professors from accounting, finance, management information systems, management, marketing, and supply chain management are represented in the core faculty.

INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT THROUGH TEAMS Teamwork is a valuable skill that can only be honed through practice. At Iowa State University, we don’t just encourage teamwork; it is a vital component of our program. We take teaming seriously by designing learning teams at the beginning of our program. The teams work together throughout the core curriculum, learning from each other and building efficiency. Teams are put to the test at the end of the core curriculum in the capstone of the program, the Iowa State University MBA Case Competition.

“Getting an MBA was the most logical step towards changing my career; however, Iowa State University has given me lot more than a warm welcome and a quality education. I was presented with many opportunities; Case Competitions, the MBA Association, and Graduate Assistantships helped me discover new heights of my own capabilities. I know the self confidence, skills, and quality education I gained at ISU will take me far beyond the walls of Gerdin.”

–Gaya Samarasingha MBA 2010

CAREER SERVICES FAST FACTS: Career Services includes reviewing resumes, interviewing advice,

PROVEN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESULTS At Iowa State University, professional development is an evolution that begins during orientation and concludes at graduation. As a student, you are required to take two professional development classes in the first year in the program. We encourage you to pursue activities that match your interests and career goals. Executive speakers,

and networking with

company tours, service learning projects and consultants are just a few of the resources

alumni of the MBA

we offer our students. You also have the opportunity to represent Iowa State University

program. Two professional

in various national and international case competitions. The summer semester is open for you to pursue internships to further enhance your future career prospects.

skills classes are offered each year.

Outstanding curriculum plus professional development opportunities contribute to our consistently high job placement rates.

CURRICULUM First Semester Platform Series Second Semester Functional Integration Series

Summer Professional Development

• • • • •

Financial Accounting Managerial Economics Quantitative Business Analysis Organizational Behavior Professional Skills I

• • • • •

Management Information Systems Supply Chain Management Financial Valuation Marketing Professional Skills II

• Internship Opportunity

Third Semester Leadership Series

• • • •

Professional Responsibility in Business and Society Strategic Management Electives MBA Case Competition

Fourth Semester Customization Series

• • • • • •

Supply Chain Management Specialization Option Finance Specialization Option Marketing Specialization Option Technology and Innovation Management Specialization Option Accounting Specialization Option Additional Electives

CURRICULUM FAST FACTS: 30 credits core courses 18 credits electives Professional Development Two-year program

AN INTEGRATED CORE The Iowa State University MBA requires completing 48-credit hours of study. With class sizes averaging 30-35 students, you are assured of receiving individualized attention from the professors and staff. The 30-credit core curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure integration and progression through the coursework.

“We at Iowa State believe that business is a vehicle for improving society and the quality of life. Companies are judged not only by how much profit they make and the quality of their goods and services, but also on how they treat their employees, how they contribute to their communities, how they impact the environment, and a variety of other non-financial expectations held by society. Business leaders, thus, need to have a deep understanding of how to integrate social responsibility and sustainability into their corporate strategy and decision-making.�

–Dr. Michael Crum Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management Professor of Supply Chain Management

FAST FACTS: Iowa State University’s MBA program has attracted students from over 60 countries.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY The values of corporate social responsibility and sustainability are interwoven throughout the core curriculum of the Iowa State MBA. As an aspiring business leader, there are leadership opportunities in your future. But with those opportunities comes responsibility. It is our goal to prepare you to understand long-term corporate strategy and the impact of your decisions on global society. When you graduate with an MBA from Iowa State University, you will have not only a firm understanding of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, but the confidence to make decisions based on those values.

Since 2004 the Gerdin Business Building has been the home of the College of Business at Iowa State University.

The 111,000-square foot facility boasts computer labs, a communications center and high-tech laboratories, which Iowa State business students use to replicate real-world situations such as securities trading and market research.

SPECIALIZATIONS: Accounting Finance Marketing Supply Chain Management

CUSTOMIZE YOUR MBA At Iowa State University, MBA students are treated as individuals with different passions

Technology and Innovation Management

and interests. You are encouraged to pursue your career goals and tailor your MBA program accordingly. Our MBA students complete 18 credit hours of elective courses, allowing for maximum customization. You have the option of hand selecting your electives to meet your unique career goals or you may choose from one of our predetermined areas of specialization. We offer five areas of specialization and multiple minors to provide even greater flexibility. Our academic adviser will assist you with your course selection.

ADMISSIONS FINANCIAL SUPPORT OPTIONS GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS: A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for incoming students. Graduate assistants receive a monthly stipend, are assessed resident tuition, and receive a scholarship credit further reducing the tuition amount by approximately 25%. Undergraduate grade point averages and GMAT scores are the primary factors used in awarding these assistantships. SCHOLARSHIPS: The Iowa State University MBA program offers three distinct scholarship categories: Targeted, Program-Specific, and Performance-based.


APPLICATION INFORMATION Online application form

Submit essays and resume to:

Official transcripts (ISU alum excluded) GMAT preferred (GRE accepted) TOEFL for international students

Questions? Contact the business graduate office at: 515.294.8118 or

Three Letters of Recommendation Three Essays Resume Interview by invitation only

DEADLINES International students are encouraged to apply by March 1. Full-time MBA applications are taken through July 1.


Iowa State University College of Business Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office 1360 Gerdin Business Building Ames, Iowa 50011-1350 Phone: 515 294-8118 Toll-free: 877 ISU-4MBA (877 478-4622) E-mail: Web:

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran. Any persons having inquiries concerning this may contact the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 515 294-7612.

MBA Full Time Brochure  

The 2013 informational booklet for the MBA Full Time Program at Iowa State University

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