As many business schools are eliminating full-time MBA programs, or moving them online, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business is documenting all-time high enrollment for both the MBA and master of finance programs. 

With 60 new students currently enrolled, the MBA program obtained a personal best. 

“We are thrilled to have all of these students as part of our Ivy and Iowa State University family,” said Jackie Rees Ulmer, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems and associate dean for professional masters programs. “Our program has a lot to offer, and we are excited to have so many students participate.” 

This year’s MBA cohort includes both concurrent students from across campus and experienced professionals from around the world. Domestic students mostly hail from the Midwest, while international students are natives of China, India, Nigeria, and Canada. 

“We were initially concerned that the limitations placed on international students would negatively impact our master’s programs,” said Rees Ulmer. “However, we were still able to get a good mix of students. We look forward to welcoming international students who deferred enrollment because of COVID-19 next year.” 

The master of finance program also did well, with enrollments up 83 percent.  

“I am really pleased with this year’s record enrollment,” said Travis Sapp, master of finance program director. “Word is getting out about our program. It’s gratifying to be able to reach so many. Our students come from various backgrounds. The value added through our one-year program can really be seen through the employers who hire our graduates. It’s going to be a great year.” 

The MBA and master of finance program students are part of higher enrollment across the board. With a final count of 405 registered for Ivy graduate programs, this is a banner year. 

“The record enrollment is a testament to the Ivy brand,” said David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the Ivy College of Business. “As a top business school, we offer students the opportunity to learn from internationally known faculty in a state-of-the-art facility. We are delighted to have so many students put their faith in an Ivy education.” 

The Ivy MBA is currently ranked No. 53 by U.S. News & World Report and offers an array of specializations. The two-year program admits students every fall. The master of finance program prepares students for a career in corporate finance, financial analysis, or wealth management. The 30-credit program can be completed in two to three semesters and admits students for both the fall and spring semesters. To learn more about the master’s programs offered at the Ivy College of Business visit