Not sure if the MBA program is for you? Try the Pre-MBA!

This option allows you to take up to 9 credits of elective MBA courses. Since most of these are 3 credits per course, the Pre-MBA option allows you to take three electives before applying to the MBA program. We recommend that you start with one or two elective courses per session. Please note that Pre-MBA students are not eligible to enroll in MBA core courses.

The Pre-MBA option is recommended for candidates that:

  • Are unsure of whether or not they want to enroll in the MBA program, and want to take a few classes beforehand to experience graduate business school with Iowa State University
  • Have decided to apply for the Professional MBA program, but will not have the application complete in time to be offered admission for the next session

Become a Pre-MBA student in two easy steps

All you are required to do is complete two steps:

Step 1. Submit a non-degree graduate student application. This will go to the Graduate College, to admit you as a graduate student at Iowa State University.

Step 2. Once your application has been approved by the Graduate College, review the elective course schedule and submit a Petition to Enroll in the course(s) you are interested in. An up-to-date resume and transcripts will be required. This will be submitted to the Ivy College of Business graduate programs office.

Pre-MBA application deadlines are as follows:

Session Deadline
Spring December 1st
Summer April 1st
Fall July 15th

If you have any questions regarding the Pre-MBA program, please contact us at or 515-294-8118.

*Enrolling as Pre-MBA student does not guarantee admission into the MBA program.