Current UW-Madison students who wish to become Business majors are classified as Pre-Business students in the College of Letters and Science during their first year. Students are considered Pre-Business majors until they either are admitted to the business school or declare a different major.

Our Sophomore Admissions model requires that students complete the following before they can be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business:

  • Pre-Business Curriculum Requirements: Communications Part A, Economics 101, Calculus I (Math 211, 217, or 221), and Psychology 202
  • Minimum of 24 degree credits IN RESIDENCE at UW-Madison. This 24 degree credit minimum does not count AP or other transfer credits. (To be clear, AP credit can be used to satisfy Pre-Business curriculum requirements, but they DO NOT count toward the 24 degree credit in-residence requirement.)

Students may apply while required classes are in progress. That is, students may be enrolled in classes fulfilling the above mentioned requirements the same academic term they apply for admission to the business school.

Admission decisions are based upon a combination of academic performance in college coursework and non-academic strengths and factors (e.g. leadership experience, campus involvement, writing and communication skills, motivation, initiative, work ethic, and other qualities) over time.

Wisconsin BBA Admissions & Recruitment will host information sessions each semester to give Pre-Business students information and pointers for completing their applications. Please watch the myBiz calendar for session dates.

Application Policies

  • Students can apply to the school of business only twice.
  • Students may formally appeal a decline.
  • No late applications are accepted at all.
  • Current UW-Madison students with 100 or more credits are NOT eligible for admission. The 100 credits includes all transfer, AP, and retroactive language credits; in-progress credits, however, are not counted. The 100 credit rule also applied to second degree candidates.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for admission to the Wisconsin BBA.

Additional admission policies should also be reviewed by applicants. Contact a Pre-Business Advisor if you have questions about a policy.

The online BBA Admissions Application opens each year on the first day of spring classes and closes on the last Friday in March at 4:30 pm. Students are notified of their admission status over the summer following their application submission.