Students in the Wisconsin MBA Program enjoy the added enrichment of being part of a diverse community. This provides an opportunity to learn — both in and out of the classroom — from different perspectives. By developing cultural competence, students prepare to be effective team members, managers, and leaders in their companies and communities.

The Wisconsin MBA Program was one of the first to recognize the business case for diversity. The University of Wisconsin – Madison was one of three founding members of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), a non-profit organization founded in 1956 to promote diversity in education and business.  CGSM provides a diversity network linking top-tier students, MBA programs, and leading corporations. The 18 CGSM member schools graduate more than 400 MBAs annually, which represents more than half of the under-represented MBAs entering the workforce.

Benefits to participating students include mentoring, career management services, and financial assistance with the cost of an education. Prospective MBA students who are eligible can apply to the Wisconsin MBA through the Consortium and be considered for a Consortium fellowship.

The Wisconsin MBA community is also global in scope, bringing together students, faculty, staff, and alumni from around the world. Through collaboration and social connections with others in this diverse environment, you will develop the cultural competence you need to succeed in today’s global economy.

The Wisconsin School of Business takes specific steps to instill the value of inclusion throughout the school. Programming includes academic and co-curricular activities for students, as well as regular workshops for faculty and staff to help extend the culture of inclusion to all. As a community, we learn together to challenge our assumptions and expand our world view.

A variety of student organizations build cultural competence and contribute to a climate of inclusion, including:

  • Diversity In Business
  • Graduate International Business Association
  • Out for Business
  • Graduate Business Christian Fellowship
  • MBA Veterans Club
  • Graduate Women in Business