MBA Is Back, This Time Online

The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business announced last year that the Spring 2019 graduating class of the full-time MBA would be the school’s last. Much has been made of the wisdom and significance of the move, but now the school has announced that — even before it’s gone — the Tippie MBA experience will take on a new form.

Remember that while Iowa Tippie may have dropped its full-time residential MBA, it still has an Executive MBA, MBA programs in Italy and Hong Kong, and a Professional MBA, the latter of which is ranked No. 22 on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of top part-time programs. Now, in what is functionally an expansion of the Professional MBA, Tippie will offer a fully online MBA starting in the fall of 2019.

“Adapting to the market is key for growth in any organization, and we’re seeing clear shifts in what students and businesses need,” said Sarah Gardial, dean of the Tippie College, in a statement September 12 that echoed her August 2017 announcement of the end of the full-time MBA program. “What’s most exciting about our new online option is that students no longer need to be near a classroom to access the Iowa MBA. Now, they can be anywhere in the state, or around the world.”

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