Documents You Need to Provide
  • Completed Wisconsin Full-Time MBA admission application form
  • Transcripts validating completion of a four-year degree or equivalent
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE, as well as TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international students)
  • Current résumé
  • Personal essay responding to the application question
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a professional colleague or supervisor

Degrees/ Transcripts

A bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. You are able to submit your application with unofficial transcripts but certified copies of transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred, are required for all admitted students.

Degree Equivalent

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.

For specific information about comparable degrees in your country, refer to this link

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of post-undergraduate professional work experience is required. Exceptional candidates with limited professional work experience may be considered.


A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score is preferred and should be taken within five years of the term for which you are applying. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 79K-2S-72).


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will also be accepted. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution Code: 1846).

Admissions Interviews

Admission interviews are by invitation only once you have submitted a completed application. The interview will be conducted either in person, by phone, or by videoconference. If you would like to meet with a member of the admissions team to learn more about program, discuss your specific application, and ask questions, you can arrange a time to meet in person or by phone. Contact the MBA Admissions Team to get started.

Letter(s) of Recommendation.

One recommendation is required; however, the admissions committee will accept up to two recommendations. Select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential for leadership or management. He or she should have a strong understanding of your abilities and be familiar with solid examples of your accomplishments. This individual may be a current or past supervisor or manager, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved.

You will enter your recommender’s name and email address into your application. The recommender will then receive an email with a link to your recommendation form. The recommendation forms are submitted separately from your application upon its completion. You should not wait for your recommender to submit his or her recommendation before submitting your application; however, your application will not be reviewed without the recommendation form.

Recommenders submitting the recommendation form via email should send to our office at .


A one-page résumé outlining your professional, academic, and personal achievements. You may find the following resources helpful as you prepare your application. Please note that we do not require you submit your résumé in this format.


We require one essay as part of the application. Along with your transcripts, test scores, work experience, and references, these essays will be a critical part of evaluating you as a candidate for admission.

Fall 2016 Application Cycle Required Essay:

Please explain why you are interested in the Wisconsin MBA, and specifically how the career specialization you are applying to will help you achieve your short-term career goals and impact your long-term career goals.

Fall 2016 Application Cycle Optional Essay:

This essay allows you to communicate additional information about yourself that is not represented in the application you feel would benefit the admissions committee before making a decision.  This may include, and is not limited to, leadership opportunities at work or in your community or special interests that may demonstrate professional qualities you would bring to the program or work environment. 

You may also use this essay to share with us clarifying information that may help us better understand who you are as a candidate, which is not limited to gaps in employment, undergraduate academic record, professional progression.

International Students (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)

Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must complete either the Internet-based (100 or higher) or paper-based (600 or higher) TOEFL. The test must be taken within two years of your intended start term. Please direct the Educational Testing Service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 1846).

Results of the IELTS or PTE (Pearson Test of English institution code: NML-ZH-25) will also be accepted. An IELTS minimum score of 7.5 or higher, or a PTE internet-based score of 73 or higher or paper-based score of 80 or higher are required. 

International applicants whose four-year undergraduate degree and/or master’s degree (minimum of eight semesters total) instruction was in English, or who will complete such a degree prior to matriculation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, may request a waiver. To request a waiver for the language test requirement, please select the TOEFL test type in your online application and select “Request a Waiver” for the English proficiency test. We will confirm that English is the language used at the academic institution where your degree was conferred.

Prerequisites/Suggested Courses

There are no prerequisite courses for students in the MBA program. If you would like to take a course prior to starting your Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program, a statistics and/or an economics course would be beneficial.

Application Fee

The application fee is $56 for domestic (non-international) and $62 for international students. Fee waivers are available to those who have served on active duty in the U.S. Military within three years of applying. Payment by credit or debit card is available through the online application system. Admissions decisions will not be communicated to the applicant until the application fee has been received.