Admissions Evaluation Criteria

The admissions committee considers every application holistically, evaluating each individual candidate based on his or her merits. We have found that a variety of career-focused individuals can benefit from the distinctive boutique program approach of the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program; there is no one “perfect candidate profile.”

We look for individuals who will not only benefit from the program, but who will also enhance the Wisconsin MBA experience for the entire class. Each new cohort group shares a diverse mix of backgrounds and interests, and every student brings two or more years of professional experience. This elevates the level of classroom discussion, enlivens team projects, and makes experiential learning opportunities more meaningful.

Here are some insights into how the admissions application helps us understand you as a Wisconsin MBA candidate.


This is where you tell the admissions committee your unique story. We want to get to know you as an individual. In particular, we hope you will demonstrate how the Wisconsin MBA will accelerate your progress toward your career goals.

GMAT or GRE Scores 

Your scores on one of these standardized tests give us an indication of how successful you will be as you begin your graduate-level coursework.

Although we look for students with strong verbal and quantitative skills, there is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT or GRE. GMAT scores for our student population are available in the Class Profiles.

Academic Record

Your past academic history—particularly your four-year degree—is an indication of your ability to succeed within the context of a structure program of study.

Letter(s) of Recommendation 

A recommender who is familiar with your accomplishments in a professional setting can give us a valuable perspective of your leadership or management potential.


In addition to reviewing your past work experience, we look for educational accomplishments, demonstrations of leadership, and ways in which you have achieved professional growth.

Work Experience

The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program looks for a minimum of two years of professional work experience. You will get a great deal more from your MBA experience when you enter the program with the perspective of someone who has had solid, professional work experience. With prior work experience, you can achieve a better return on your investment in an MBA degree. In addition, your degree will mean more to employers.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be delivered electronically via the online application system according to the submission deadlines. Applicants will be sent an email inviting them to login to their online application where they access their admissions and merit aid decisions.