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.