When considering how to pay for graduate school, there are three primary forms of financial assistance:

Graduate assistantships are offered to highly qualified candidates admitted into the Iowa State University full-time MBA program. Assistantships provide students unique opportunities to work directly with business faculty actively engaged in leading edge research in their respective fields. A concerted effort is made to match each student’s interests and academic goals with the expertise and research activities of the faculty.

Graduate assistants receive a monthly stipend, are assessed resident tuition, and receive a scholarship credit further reducing the tuition amount by 25%. Additionally, they receive health insurance coverage for the duration of their appointment.

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, check “yes” on the application form where it asks “Do you want to be considered for an assistantship?” Assistantships are awarded based on GPA, GMAT scores, work experience, and other notable achievements.

Scholarships are only available for full-time students, unless otherwise indicated. Scholarships range from $2,000 – $6,000.

All prospective students that submit a completed application are considered for the scholarships. There is not a special application form. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified in your acceptance letter.

Distinguished Scholarships

Rising Star MBA Scholarship

Awarded to high potential students who start their MBA immediately upon completing their undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. To be eligible, students must have a 3.0+ GPA, at least one internship or coop related to their undergraduate major, and experience holding leadership positions on campus.

Diversity MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students who will bring a richly diverse perspective to the Iowa State MBA. Recognizing that the MBA experience is enhanced by a widely-diverse student population, the Iowa State MBA seeks candidates whose background and experiences are less represented in the program.  Ethnic and global diversity, unique work histories, and atypical academic degrees within the Iowa State MBA student body are the ideal outcomes behind the Diversity MBA Scholarship.

Leadership in Service MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership within their communities and to society at large. The Iowa State MBA seek candidates who realize tomorrow’s business leaders must embrace corporate citizenship and global sustainability. The Leadership in Service MBA Scholarship recognizes students who through their extraordinary efforts and dedication are making a difference in this world one small step at a time.

Military personnel, we thank you for your service and value your leadership training.  Veterans who have been on active duty within three years prior to applying are eligible for the Leadership in Service MBA Scholarship.

Cardinal and Gold MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students who are alumni of Iowa State University. Many graduates have fond memories of their time spent at Iowa State and have achieved success in their first jobs after college. You are invited to return to your alma mater to refocus and retool for that next step in your career through the Iowa State MBA. The Cardinal and Gold MBA Scholarship recognizes exemplary alumni  in the full-time program.

Sponsored Scholarships

Renewable Energy Group MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students concurrently enrolled in the STEM MBA program. Preference given to students majoring in chemical engineering, agricultural engineering, and biological engineering or have a focus in the area of finance or supply chain management.

Kingland STEM MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students concurrently enrolled in the STEM MBA program preferably, but not limited to, engineering or computer science majors. Residents of IA, MN, ND, SD, IL, WI, or NE.

ZAGG, Inc. MBA Scholarship

Awarded to students enrolled in the MBA program preferably, but not limited to, the STEM MBA concurrent degree program.

Bill and Raedene Kalm Full-time MBA Leadership Scholarship 

Awarded to full-time MBA students with preference to students exemplifying an innovative spirit, outstanding leadership, and/or accomplishments.

Bill and Raedene Kalm Professional MBA Encouragement Scholarship

Awarded to Professional MBA students who work for companies or organizations with no (or limited) employee tuition assistance program and who show leadership accomplishments/potential, career success, community engagement and/or a commitment to lifelong learning and personal/professional growth.

Performance-based Scholarships

Top Performing MBA Student Scholarship

Awarded by the MBA core faculty to recognize a full-time, second-year MBA student for outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership inside and outside the classroom.

Top Performing MBA Team Scholarship

Awarded by the MBA core faculty to recognize full-time, second-year MBA students for their ability to work effectively together as a team and to develop important collaborative skills.

Charles B. Handy MBA Scholarship

Awarded to individuals and teams participating in the Iowa State University MBA Case Competition.

Professional MBA Student Scholarship

Awarded to the “Top Performing Student” and “Top Performing Team” in each cohort finishing the professional MBA core curriculum. Core faculty will select the best professional MBA student and best professional MBA team and announce the winners at the end-of-the core celebration.

Memorial Scholarships

Brian Mennecke MBA Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to MBA students with backgrounds and career interests in information systems.

Dr. Brian Mennecke was a professor of management information systems in the College of Business at Iowa State University for seventeen years. He taught courses in the MBA program and mentored many graduate students during his career. His research focused on technology issues including the influence of social and digital media on consumer decisions, security and privacy concerns related to mobile commerce and facial recognition systems, as well as collaboration in virtual worlds.

Both full-time and professional MBA students are eligible for student loans. The type and amount of the loan depends on your personal circumstances. For detailed information regarding student loan options, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. To begin the student loan process, please complete the FAFSA.

Existing student loans can be deferred until you complete your graduate degree as long as you take a minimum number of credit hours per year. For full-time students, you must be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters. For professional MBA students, you must take at least 6 credit hours during the fall and spring (you do NOT have to take courses in the summer in order to defer your loans).