After an application is complete, it will be forwarded to the appropriate departmental committee. Each department offering a Ph.D. has its own committee of faculty members and they review applications independently and by methods determined within that department. Specific criteria and standards of applicant competitiveness vary by department. Decisions of the committees are communicated to the Ph.D. Coordinator, who then posts those decisions to the ApplyYourself website (only the applicant may view the decision). The applicant will receive an email notification that the decision has been posted. Decisions are never given out over the telephone. Any questions about the admissions process should be directed to the Ph.D. Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of the intense academic and research commitment, requiring a high degree
of interaction with faculty members and other Ph.D. students, only full-time pursuit
of the degree in residence on the UW-Madison campus is permitted.
UW-Madison Business Ph.D. graduates are prepared to perform well in the classroom and many are considered exceptional teachers. Likewise, some graduates will choose to pursue research positions in private industry and will find options available to them. However, the primary emphasis of the Ph.D. Program at the UW-Madison is on academic research and preparation for tenure-track positions at the finest research institutions. Most of our students are preparing for this track. Those whose primary interest is not the pursuit of rigorous research culminating in a challenging research–oriented academic position might wish to consider alternative degree programs more in line with their ultimate career interests.
Applicants may use Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record
Exam (GRE) scores. Scores must be less than five years old at the time you begin
the program. There are no waivers of the standardized test score requirement. There
is no minimum score requirement, but few students scoring lower than the 90th percentile
are considered competitive. For the GRE the UW Insitution Code is 1846.
Most students complete the Ph.D. degree in four to five years.
Work experience is not a requirement for Ph.D. study, although it may prove beneficial
in strengthening some applicants’ overall credentials. Work experience that
may prove meaningful or beneficial in the application process should provide evidence
to support the academic⁄research interests and career direction⁄aspirations
of the applicant. Evidence of superior academic achievement potential and strong
independent research capabilities weigh significantly more than prior work experience.
The Graduate School of the UW—Madison requires a minimum undergraduate grade
point average of 3.0. Most of the departmental admission committees of the Wisconsin
School of Business are seeking evidence of strong academic potential and therefore
will expect significantly better performance than the minimum requirement.
A new application is required of all applicants regardless of prior coursework completed.
While not officially referring to such applicants as “transfer students”,
a student who has satisfactorily completed academic work toward a Ph.D. at another
accredited school may not need to complete some comparable coursework in our program.
The admitting department will review the work and decide what may or may not be
used to satisfy requirements of the program. The student may have to substitute
the credits for work taken at another institution with coursework approved by the
major department. The time needed to complete the degree is not likely to be shortened
by the completion of coursework at another institution.
Formal campus visits are by invitation of the department to which an applicant is
applying. Selective invitations are normally extended after the application is complete
and has been reviewed by the departmental admissions committee. However, individuals
are welcome to make a visit to Madison and should feel free to stop by Grainger
Hall while they are becoming acquainted with the campus. The
Campus Information and Visitor Center is an excellent source of information