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Application Tips: Academic Aptitude

by Delaney Pichotta Monday, November 12, 2018

The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 Application has opened, and the Admissions Team is eager to read your application.  Understanding a candidate’s academic aptitude is a key piece of the admissions process, and the Admissions Team looks to undergraduate performance and standardized test scores to make this determination. Here are a few tips straight from the Admissions Team:

  1. You do not need a business undergraduate degree to pursue an MBA. The Wisconsin MBA Program considers applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds and looks to bring together a diverse class with unique professional and academic experiences.  For more details on the academic backgrounds of our current students, please view the class profile on our website.
  2. Be prepared for standardized tests. The GMAT or GRE is required for your application to be complete. We require a standardized test because it helps the admissions committee better understand your academic readiness for an MBA. You can prepare in advance by ordering study materials and scheduling a test date. Be sure to check if you are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam by visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School website.
  3. You can take the GMAT more than once. Many applicants are concerned that their GMAT or GRE score isn’t as high as they would like it to be. The Wisconsin MBA Program allows students to take the exam more than once, so applicants should not worry too much about a low score on their first attempt.  Trying for a better score shows persistence and dedication, which are both qualities the Admissions Team likes to see.

We hope these tips helped clear up some questions, but if you still have further questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to the Admissions Team.