MBA Spotlight

Ready to Apply?

Applications are accepted for the Full-time MBA Program on a continuous basis for fall semester admission.  However, space is limited so we encourage you to apply as early as possible, preferably by the deadlines listed below. For questions about the application process, email

Priority Admission – February 28 General Admission – May 30 Final Admission – July 30

The following steps describe the admission process.

    1. Submit your materials for preliminary review through our online CIMBA application. This includes:
      • Unofficial copies of your university transcripts
      • A GMAT or GRE score (if you have taken the exam)
      • Resume
    2. The admission committee will review the application.
    3. If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to complete an evaluative interview with the Director and/or CIMBA staff.
    4. After the interview, if you are considered admissible, you will be asked to complete an official University of Iowa application. This application requires the submission of the items below. (If these materials were submitted at the time of your initial review, you will not need to resubmit them.) Once all materials have been submitted, you will receive an admission decision via email and acceptance materials to complete.

        University of Iowa application

        Complete the application. Please ensure the content is legible and complete all sections, especially the education data, thoroughly. Instructions on where to send the application are found on the application document.

        Application fee

        The application fee is US$60 for US citizens and US$100 for non-US citizens. The fee should be submitted with the UI application and is payable to the University of Iowa by personal check, cashier’s check, or through peerTransfer. This fee is non-refundable.

        Official transcripts

        Ask every secondary school, college, university, technical/vocational institute, or professional institution you have attended to send your official records or transcripts to the CIMBA office according to the following procedures.

        U.S. or Canadian transcripts
        Academic records from U.S. or Canadian schools must be received in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution. Credentials submitted for admission become the property of the university and are not returnable or transferable. Please mail the transcripts to the CIMBA office at: CIMBA Italy, 108 PBB Ste C300, Iowa City, IA 52242.

        If your institution has the capability of sending official transcripts electronically, the institution can send them directly to

         Transcripts or marks sheets from non-U.S. or non-Canadian schools
        Academic records from non-U.S. or Canadian schools must bear the original stamp or seal of the school and signature of a school officer (e.g., registrar or dean) and be sent to the CIMBA office in either Italy or the US.

        Italy: CIMBA, Via San Giacomo 4
        31017, Paderno del Grappa (TV) Italy
        US: CIMBA Italy
        108 PBB Ste C300, Iowa City, IA 52242

        Transcripts must include the subjects you studied by year, grades, marks, or percentages earned in year-end examinations, and proof that a degree was conferred. If no degree conferral is noted on the transcripts or marks sheets, you also need to send your official diploma. Your academic records will be returned to you after review.

        Documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations certified by the issuing institution. Translations without this certification will not be considered official.


        Your resume should describe items you believe would be of particular interest to the Admission Committee. Suggested items include employment summary (job titles, detailed position responsibilities, company names, employment dates with months/years), education including graduation dates (month/year), and extracurricular and/or community activities.

        A GMAT or GRE score

        We accept either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission, and no matter which test you take, you must have an official score report sent to CIMBA. Test scores are valid for up to five years after the test date.

        GMAT: When you complete the exam, you need to send an official score report to us by selecting the University of Iowa CIMBA MBA program during the exam. If you have already completed the exam, request to have a score report sent to the CIMBA program by following the instructions at

        GRE: Start at the ETS-GRE Score Reporting website and request that a score report be sent to us. The University of Iowa institution code is 6681 and the CIMBA department code is 4201 (Business Administration and Management).


        Please submit your responses to the following essay questions to with the subject “MBA essay questions.” There is no minimum or maximum length to the essays; quality is more critical than quantity.

        1. Provide a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel are your assets and liabilities.
        2. Describe what you believe to be your most substantial accomplishment, explaining why you view it as such.
        3. Provide a list of any periods of time in which you resided abroad, including the location, the duration, and the reason for your visit.
        4. Provide a detailed description of your current job, including major responsibilities, nature of work, employees under your supervision, size of budget, results achieved, etc. Describe the development of your career with your present employer.
        5. Comment on the main factors which you believe account for your academic and professional development.
        6. Explain your career aspirations and why you chose to apply to the CIMBA MBA program.
        7. Provide any additional information you would like the admission committee to consider in reviewing your application.