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University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Business Executive MBA

For students who already know where they are headed, Wisconsin is the place to start. Combining a uniquely deep experience in a designated area of study with a strong foundation of business principles, Wisconsin MBA students graduate with a portfolio of skills, experience, and specialized knowledge that allows them to hit the ground running and immediately contribute to the success of their organizations.

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Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $77,500

Program Information

University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Business Says

For students who already know where they are headed, Wisconsin is the place to start. Combining a uniquely deep experience in a designated area of study with a strong foundation of business principles, Wisconsin MBA students graduate with a portfolio of skills, experience, and specialized knowledge that allows them to hit the ground running and immediately contribute to the success of their organizations.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 33% accepted out of 434 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.33
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $56

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

The University of Wisconsin—Madison seeks students from diverse personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds, who have demonstrated success in business and management. Last year's class had an average GMAT score of 666 and average work experience of 4 years. In addition to their academic and professional achievements, Wisconsin looks for studen...The University of Wisconsin—Madison seeks students from diverse personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds, who have demonstrated success in business and management. Last year's class had an average GMAT score of 666 and average work experience of 4 years. In addition to their academic and professional achievements, Wisconsin looks for students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, motivation, leadership, communication skills, and analytical ability. An applicant's fit with their chosen career specialization, academic record, standardized test scores, and work experience are among the most important factors in an admissions decision.

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Important Dates

Round 1
August

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 351
Percent International Students 18%
Total Full-Time Faculty 66
Full-Time Faculty 80%

Student Life

When they aren’t hitting the books, Wisconsin MBA students say there are “plenty of activ­ities to become involved in, such as fundraising events, guest lecturers and social get­togethers.” Even if you aren’t into extracurricular activities, it’s easy to get to know your classmates, because “In addition to clubs, classes, and social events, most students are well connected with the other students in their centers.” Most Wisconsin MBAs maintain a bal­anced perspective on life, work, and studies. A current student elaborates, “The students in the business school are very serious about their studies and put in long, dedicated hours to get things done. Then they go party. It takes a mature kind of mindset to be able to effec­tively balance the two.” Another chimes in, “It’s not uncommon to work on group projects until two or three in the morning.” At this famous university, the business school is located “in the middle of campus with the 42,000 other students, so there is a constant buzz of activity.” The consummate college town, students love Madison, “a city with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment.” Since the business school is close to down­town, “you get the undergraduate as well as the professional demographic all within seven blocks.” With so many entertainment options, it’s no surprise that “most of the MBA stu­dents go out every Thursday night for a beverage—a great way to get to know everyone.”

Career

Starting at Orientation and through the first months of their MBA, students receive plenty of help to initiate their internship search, including instruction on resume writing, inter­viewing, researching companies and more. After that, students have access to the Career Center’s Internet database as well as one-on-one career advising with professional coun­selors. However, the program’s unique in-depth focus is what really makes the difference in career placement. A current student explains, “Access to corporate recruiters is unprece­dented since we have a program which consists of specializations, rather than a generic MBA. You get put on a niche career track right away, so recruiters know exactly what they’re getting during interviews.” With strong ties in the region, 60 percent of students take jobs in the Midwest. However, for those looking to expand their horizons, students reassure us that “last year and the cur­rent year, we have been utilizing our alumni and board member connections to send a sig­nificant number of finance students out to New York for positions with bulge bracket firms.” Currently, the top 5 recruiters at UW are: Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Students Say

The University of Wisconsin—Madison offers a unique and challenging MBA program, well suited to highly-focused students with clear career goals. Whereas most MBA pro­grams require a wide array of course work in general management topics, the Wisconsin MBA curriculum is designed around career specializations, through which students focus their studies on a single business area such as real estate, brand management, or market­ing research. Through their career specialization, students work within the business school’s Centers for Expertise, which “ensure that students have lots of exposure to alum­ni, specific industry news, and professionals at various levels.” A current student explains, “I chose the University of Wisconsin because they have a specialized program in market­ing research that would give me the specialized skill set to continue in this field.” While career specializations are the hallmark of the Wisconsin MBA curriculum, “The pro­gram emphasizes strong learning within a specific discipline while allowing flexibility to learn cross-functional skills.” Before beginning their studies within a specific center, stu­dents must complete the general management core curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in management essentials. Students comment that “The specified ‘center’ does make it difficult at times to expand into other departments.” Throughout the curriculum, applied learning is an important component of the Wisconsin MBA, and students partici­pate in live business projects for a wide range of companies. For example, students may conduct market research for leading companies, manage stock portfolios, or manage a portfolio of real estate securities. The business school draws a team of top-notch faculty “committed to up-to-date teaching styles and topics.” Student input here is valued. “Feedback is taken from the students at the end of every semester and the recommended changes are implemented for the next incoming class,” says one MBA. “It’s a constantly evolving and improving program that is viewed as a collaborative effort between the administration and students.” On the whole, “Wisconsin represents a culture of collaboration and teamwork,” and students reassure us that “when students compete, there is a general collegiate respect for one another.” Another major perk of a Wisconsin MBA education is its public school price tag, made bet­ter by the fact that through assistantships “The tuition is covered, benefits are covered, and you get a stipend.” A student exclaims, “You might find it hard to catch your breath, but it’s a great way to avoid loans.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Wisconsin MBA offers 10 career specializations, 8 of which are endowed centers of expertise. They include: Stephen L. Hawk Center for Applied Security Analysis, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, The Center for Brand and Product Management, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research, The Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management, The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, The Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Graduate International Business Association The principal purpose of the association shall be to encourage and promote involvement in international business education and practice, as well as international understanding, cooperation and goodwill, among students in the Graduate School of Business of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its graduates and the communities they serve.

    Activities: International Case Competition, International Potluck, Sessions on Global Business Issues, Career Information Sessions, Business and Social Networking.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Out for Business is a social, educational, and career development resource for Wisconsin MBA LGBT business students, alumni, faculty and administrators, and the greater business community. The group aims to create an inclusive and diverse atmosphere at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business, promote positive visibility on the UW campus for LGBT business students, act as career resource for current business students through networking and mentorship, address diversity issues specific to LGBT business students, and provide a contact point for gay-friendly firms.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The purpose of Diversity in Business is to expose professional graduate business students to a broad array of cultural experiences and backgrounds. Working together in a culturally enriched environment with the common goals of academic and future career successes across disciplines will enhance members' abilities to perform in the global environment.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Business Learning Center http://www.bus.wisc.edu/blc/ Our primary mission is to help students excel by providing ancillary academic support in quantitatively based business-related courses.

    We offer academic support in selected courses in the following departments: Accounting Finance General Business Statistics Economics Math Topics in Finite Mathematics

  • Research Facilities:

    The Wisconsin MBA offers 10 career specializations, 8 of which are endowed centers of expertise. They include: Stephen L. Hawk Center for Applied Security Analysis, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, The Center for Brand and Product Management, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research, The Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management, The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, The Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management.

  • Study Abroad:

    For full-time MBAs: 10 days in January in Great Britain, Spain, United Arab Emeriates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia. 5 days in March in Denmark and France. 14 days in May in Brazil, India, China.

    National University of Singapore Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark) ESCP-EAP (Paris, France) Norwegian School of Management-BI (Oslo, Norway) Annual study tours led by UW instructors and center directors - locations change every year

    Through the Global Real Estate Master(GREM) - HEC Paris, France; HKUST Business School, Hong Kong; and INCAE Business School.

  • Women Support Groups:

    The mission of Graduate Women in Business is: •To help members develop the skills and connections they need to succeed in business and in life •To offer social events for members to network with each other, alumni, and local businesswomen •To give back to the UW and Madison communities through recruiting efforts and service projects

    Activities: Fall Welcome Reception, Fall & Spring Pre-TAPS, Expanding Your Horizons service event, Career Panel and Mock Interviews with undergrad Women in Business, Spring Panel with local businesswomen, Networking with Madison Women in Business Council

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Business include:

Steve Bennett - Retired CEO, Intuit

Tadashi Okamura - Chairman Emeritus, Toshiba Corporation

John Oros - Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC

John Morgridge - Chairman Emeritus, Cisco Systems

Thomas J. Falk - Chairman & CEO, Kimberly-Clark

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Procter & Gamble, Target, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 44% $93,208
Marketing / Sales 42% $93,008
Other 41% $88,742
Finance / Accounting 23% $94,541
Technical 15% $95,022
Manufacturing 12% $94,583
Operations / Logistics 11% $94,175
Financial Services 11% $92,900
Human Resources 7% $88,824
General Management 7% $91,617
Other 5% $65,000
Consulting 4% $83,667
Non Profit 4% $58,000
Consulting 4% $73,667
Other 3% $85,542

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 70%
Three Month Employment 86%
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