What are the application requirements for the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

Within the program, each candidate is evaluated individually based upon his or her own merits. Every piece of the application is reviewed and considered within the context of the whole application. The minimum admissions requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum two years of professional work experience
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE)
  • English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English)
  • Essay (one required, one optional)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Résumé
Additional details can be found here.

What are the prerequisites for the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

No prerequisites are required. However, if you would like to take a course prior to starting your Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program, the admissions committee suggests that you consider taking a statistics and/or an economics course. Both have proven beneficial to incoming MBA students.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree to be admitted?

No, we like to see all types of majors represented. Many Wisconsin MBA students have undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, math, law, humanities, social science, and other majors. To learn more about the student population, please view the recent Class Profiles.

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?

There is not a minimum GPA requirement. Our current average GPA is 3.4. Students who are admitted with a GPA below a 3.0 are admitted on a probationary status and must maintain a 3.0 or higher in the fall semester in order to continue with the program.

I have a three-year bachelor's degree. Am I eligible to apply?

The answer depends on your degree and university. In general, applicants with three-year degrees will need additional coursework to demonstrate equivalency to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Additional information about international degree equivalents can be found here.

 

I am an undergraduate student. Can I apply?

Anyone can apply to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program. However, we do prefer that our candidates have at least two years of professional work experience before starting the program.

How much professional work experience is required for admission?

A minimum of two years of professional work experience is required for program applicants. However, exceptional candidates with limited work experience will be considered. To learn more about the class, view the Class Profiles.

What constitutes professional work experience?

“Professional work experience” is defined as full-time, post-undergraduate work experience. Military experience is considered. Some candidates may receive special exceptions for the two-year work requirement.

Is an admissions interview required?

Formal admissions interviews are by invitation only, after your application has been reviewed.

Can I schedule an informational interview with a member of the admissions team prior to submitting my application?

Yes, although this will not take the place of your official admissions interview. To set up an informational interview, contact the MBA Admissions Team.

Do I need to submit transcripts from every college or university I have attended?

Yes. Candidates are able to submit their application with unofficial transcripts. However, certified copies of transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred are required for all admitted students.

What is a competitive GMAT score?

The GMAT score distribution for recent classes is available in our Class Profiles.

Does the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program accept the GRE?

The program will accept the GRE or the GMAT standardized test. These scores may be entered directly into the online application. If you are admitted to the program, official test scores will be required; if you have authorized the University of Wisconsin–Madison to have electronic access to your test scores, no further action on your part will be needed.

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement?

While there is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT or GRE, the admissions committee looks for candidates with strong verbal and quantitative skills. We prefer that you submit a GMAT score when applying to the Wisconsin School of Business. You may wish to compare your GMAT scores to our student population as represented in the Class Profiles.

If I have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, which score will be used to assess my application?

The highest GMAT or GRE score will be used when evaluating your application.

What are the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program school codes for the GMAT and GRE?

For the GMAT, please direct the testing service to allow the Wisconsin School of Business to access your test results. The institution code is 79K-2S-72.

For the GRE, please direct the testing service to allow the University of Wisconsin–Madison to access your test results. The institution code is 1846.


When should I apply to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

We suggest you apply when you feel you have the most competitive application and are ready to begin an MBA program. Application deadlines can be found here. If you have questions about the admissions cycle and deadlines, contact the MBA Admissions Team.

Do you accept applications for spring semester?

No. The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program is built around each new student group that moves through the program as a cohort. As a result, we only offer admission for the fall semester.

How do I go about selecting a recommender?

You should select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential as a manager or business leader. 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, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved. Professional recommendations are strongly preferred. One recommender is required; however, the admissions committee will accept up to two recommendations.

How and when does the recommender submit a letter of recommendation?

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.

I am a current graduate student in another department at UW-Madison. How do I apply to the Wisconsin MBA Full-Time Program?

You must submit the required Wisconsin School of Business application and all supporting materials. A full list of application requirements and deadlines can be found here. If a student is then admitted to the MBA program, he or she should complete an "Addition and/or Change of Major Form," available through the Graduate School, and submit it.

Who makes admissions decisions?

The admissions committee includes representatives from the admissions team and career specialization directors. Additional staff in career management and student services may also have input in decisions.

How soon can I expect to have an admission decision?

Applications are reviewed in multiple cycles. If your application is complete by one of the application deadlines, you will be guaranteed a decision by the date listed.

Does the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program offer conditional admission?

Conditional admission is not offered. The first step of the admission process is to apply online.

If accepted into the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program, can I defer admission?

We do not automatically defer admission; however, you may contact the MBA Admissions Team to discuss your options.

Can I re-apply to the MBA program?

Yes. If you applied to the Wisconsin MBA within the last year and would like to re-apply for the current enrollment term, some information from your previous application can be carried over.

Please contact a member of the MBA Admissions Team for additional information about the re-application process.

Does the Wisconsin School of Business offer part-time MBA degree options?

Students who wish to pursue an MBA while they continue to work should consider the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program or Wisconsin Executive MBA Program at the Wisconsin School of Business. Students admitted to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program are required to take a full credit load associated with their career specialization.

Does the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program offer online or remote classes?

The program does not offer online or remote classes at this time. All coursework is located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Can I pursue a JD/MBA degree?

Yes, a joint JD/MBA degree is offered. Applicants to the JD/MBA program must apply and be admitted independently to both the University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School and the Wisconsin School of Business. It is recommended that you apply to both programs within the same year. Admission to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program will be deferred for one year while you complete your first year of study in law. You pay only one application fee. Please contact the MBA Admissions Team with any questions.

Can I pursue dual degrees?

Any two programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison can be pursued as a dual degree. A dual degree is two degrees, one of which is granted in a graduate program, and the other in a professional school (e.g., MD, JD, DVM, D.Pharm., MPH). You must apply and gain admission separately to each program. Once you are admitted, an advisor from each program will assist with the development of a comprehensive degree plan. Additional details are available from the Graduate School.

Do you accept transfer credits from other graduate programs?

Due to the specialized nature of the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program, transfer credits from other graduate programs are not accepted. Please follow the regular application process.

What are the educational requirements for international students?

International applicants are required to have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. Minimum degree equivalents for some countries can be found here. These are general guidelines; requirements may vary. Please contact the MBA Admissions Team if you need assistance.

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was in a language other than English must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL.

What is the TOEFL school code for the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was in a language other than English must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL.

Am I eligible for a TOEFL waiver? How do I request one?

An international applicant 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.

Does the Wisconsin MBA Full-Time Program accept IELTS or PTE scores?

Yes, results of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) 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. For the PTE, please have your test results directed to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, code NML-ZH-25.

What are the student visa requirements for international students?

International students will come in on F-1 or J-1 student visas. Once you are admitted to the program, the Wisconsin MBA Admissions Team will walk you through the Form I-20 process. For additional information about student visas, please visit the Office of Visa Services at the U.S. Department of State.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

A campus visit is one of the best ways to gather information about the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program. We suggest you plan a campus visit during the school year when classes are in session, although modified campus visits are available during the summer. Get started here to arrange for a hosted visit.