• A completed online application form
  • One personal essay responding to the application question
  • Standardized Test Scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
  • One letter of reference, preferably from a professional colleague or supervisor
  • Official transcripts, validating completion of a four-year degree or equivalent are required upon admission; the application may be completed with unofficial transcripts  
  • A current, sequential resume of educational and professional accomplishments

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. Only exceptional candidates with limited professional work experience may be considered.


A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score 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 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

Formal admissions interviews are required for all candidates. Candidates who wish to schedule an interview can do so during our open interview time in the fall or by using our Personalized On Campus Visit Request. Candidates can interview both before or after their application has been submitted. Candidates not interviewing before submitting their application will be interviewed by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be invited to visit campus or participate by phone.

Recommendation Letter

One recommendation is required (two maximum). Recommenders will receive an email link to complete the recommendation; an option is available for the recommender to complete and return a recommendation form. Select recommenders that are qualified to evaluate your potential as a business leader or for management. Your recommenders should have a strong understanding of your abilities along with solid examples of your accomplishments. These individuals may include current or past supervisors or managers, clients or vendors, or individuals from volunteer or community organizations in which you are involved.

Select individuals that will provide detailed information in response to the questions on the recommendation form. Professional recommendations are strongly preferred. Evaluators submitting the recommendation form via email should send to our office at .


A one-page resume outlining your academic/personal/professional achievements and business experience. To assist you with your resume preparation, the Wisconsin MBA Career Services Office has provided materials on resume format and guidelines. You may find these resources helpful as you prepare your resume. Please note that we do not require you submit your resume 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.

Required Essay Question: Explain why you are interested in pursuing your MBA at this point in your life. Specifically, explain how your chosen career specialization aligns with your short-term and long-term career goals.

If you wish, you may include an additional essay on a topic of your choice. This optional essay is typically used to cover any issues you may want to address to the admissions committee that are not already covered in your application. Examples include a low undergraduate GPA, gaps in education or employment history, or explanations of your choice in recommenders. This optional essay is not required.

International Students (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (Pearson Test of English))


A Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree where the primary mode of instruction was English do not need to complete this requirement and may request a waiver on the application.

Please direct the Educational Testing Service to forward your test results, taken within two years of your intended start term, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 1846).


There are no School of Business prerequisite courses for students in the MBA program. If you would like to take a course prior to starting your MBA program, we suggest that you consider taking a statistics and/or an economics course. Both courses have proven to be beneficial to incoming students in helping them gain the necessary knowledge to begin the program.

Application Fee

The application fee is $56 for the full-time program. 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.