Iowa State


Full-time admission is granted for the fall term only. Deadlines for the full-time program are: March 1 for international students and July 1 for domestic students.

Part-time admission is granted for the fall, spring or summer. Admission deadlines are July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and April 1 for summer.


Each essay should be typed and limited to one page in length.

1. Discuss your academic and career goals. How will an MBA from Iowa State University help you reach these goals?

What unique qualities and experiences would you bring to the program? Is there any other information you believe is

important to our assessment of your candidacy?

2. Does a corporation’s focus on social responsibility enhance or diminish the bottom line? Please support your viewpoint.

3. Answer one of the following questions:

  • Describe a time when you had a significant impact on an individual or a group of people. What was your role in the situation?

    • Give an example where you had to adjust to a change over which you had no control. How did you manage it?

    • Write about a time when you experienced a setback. What did you learn from the incident?


Three letters of recommendation



Dr. Charles B Handy Graduate Programs Office, College of Business

1360 Gerdin Business Building

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011-1350

Telephone: (515) 294-8118

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