Students Say

The University of Wisconsin—Madison offers a unique and challenging MBA program, well suited to highly-focused students with clear career goals. Whereas most MBA programs require a wide array of course work in general management topics, the Wisconsin MBA curriculum is designed around career specializations, through which students focus their studies on a single business area such as real estate, brand management, or marketing research. Through their career specialization, students work within the business school’s Centers for Expertise, which “ensure that students have lots of exposure to alumni, specific industry news, and professionals at various levels.”

Overview

Applicants
460
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.42
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
560 - 730
GPA
3.12 - 3.72

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
April 28

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
November 5

Round 2
February 4

Round 3
March 14

Round 4
April 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The University of Wisconsin—Madison offers a unique and challenging MBA program, well suited to highly-focused students with clear career goals. Whereas most MBA programs require a wide array of course work in general management topics, the Wisconsin MBA curriculum is designed around career specializations, through which students focus their studies on a single business area such as real estate, brand management, or marketing research. Through their career specialization, students work within the business school’s Centers for Expertise, which “ensure that students have lots of exposure to alumni, specific industry news, and professionals at various levels.” A current student explains, “I chose the University of Wisconsin because they have a specialized program in marketing research that would give me the specialized skill set to continue in this field.”

While career specializations are the hallmark of the Wisconsin MBA curriculum, “the program emphasizes strong learning within a specific discipline while allowing flexibility to learn cross-functional skills.” Before beginning their studies within a specific center, students must complete the general management core curriculum, which provides a solid foundation in management essentials. Students comment that “the specified ‘center’ does make it difficult at times to expand into other departments.” Throughout the curriculum, applied learning is an important component of the Wisconsin MBA, and students participate in live business projects for a wide range of companies. For example, students may conduct market research for leading companies, manage stock portfolios, or manage a portfolio of real estate securities.

The business school draws a team of top-notch faculty “committed to up-to-date teaching styles and topics.” Student input here is valued. “Feedback is taken from the students at the end of every semester and the recommended changes are implemented for the next incoming class,” says one MBA. “It’s a constantly evolving and improving program that is viewed as a collaborative effort between the administration and students.” On the whole, “Wisconsin represents a culture of collaboration and teamwork,” and students reassure us that “when students compete, there is a general collegiate respect for one another.” Another major perk of a Wisconsin MBA education is its public school price tag, made better by the fact that through assistantships: “The tuition is covered, benefits are covered, and you get a stipend.” A student exclaims, “You might find it hard to catch your breath, but it’s a great way to avoid loans.”


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
72

90.3
Full-time
27.8
Female
12.5
Minority
9.7
Part-time

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Corporate Finance & Investment Banking

Applied Security Analysis Program





Operations and Technology Management




Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
http://bus.wisc.edu/mba/academics-and-programs/certificate-programs/sustainability GOAL: Provide graduate students the fundamental knowledge and skills to sustainably manage enterprises that integrate economic, environmental, and social dimensions into their decision-making. WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Graduate students from any school on the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus. OVERVIEW: The Graduate Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility (BESR) offers a suite of courses addressing the interrelations between business and its natural and social environment. Certificate students will acquire knowledge of: ■Causes of environmental and social challenges as relating to business, and respective policy and business responses ■Frameworks and measurement systems for incorporating sustainability concerns into business analysis and decision-making ■Domains in which business activities and sustainability concerns intersect, and the management of these intersections Certificate students will acquire fundamental skills to: ■Analyze the causes of and responses to environmental and social problems, as well as develop and implement solutions to these problems as managers and policymakers ■Identify and apply frameworks for effectively incorporating sustainability considerations into the analysis and decision-making of managers and policymakers ■Analyze where and how environmental and social issues intersect with business, as well as develop and implement solutions for managing these intersections As determined by each student’s individual course path, students will acquire deeper knowledge and skills in select domains such as systems designs, risk management, green real estate, and more. Students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of events and activities that provide a forum to exchange ideas and connect the business community with students and faculty interested in sustainability. The BESR certificate is one example of the Wisconsin School of Business’ efforts to develop and disseminate insights into sustainability related issues. In the 2009-2010 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, the Wisconsin School of Business was ranked 17th in the world in business schools committed to environmental and social stewardship.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Several faculty are actively engaged in research on various aspects of sustainability. Our sustainability research output was ranked 8th in the world on the Beyond Grey Pinstripes bi-annual survey.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Graduate Certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility: The Graduate Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility (BESR) offers a suite of courses addressing the interrelations between business and its natural and social environment. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in * identifying causes of environmental and social challenges as they relate to business * structuring decision making processes to frame and incorporate these challenges in business decisions * analyzing and positively leveraging the interdependencies between business and its natural and social environment The portfolio of courses offered in the certificate provides students with a balance of fact knowledge, theoretical understanding, and skills. Students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of events and activities that provide a forum to exchange ideas and connect the business community with students and faculty interested in sustainability. This is a 12-credit certificate that is open to Graduate students from any school on the UW-Madison campus. http://bus.wisc.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/graduate/sustainability

School's environmental commitment 2:
Net Impact Madison: The Net Impact Madison allows students to become a part of the local chapter of a global network of emerging leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The New "Green" Addition to Grainger Hall: The $40.5 million, four-story addition to Grainger Hall, home of the Wisconsin MBA, was built to meet or exceed today's standards for sustainability. Special features include no-net gain in storm-water runoff, high efficiency building systems, use of recycled materials and incorporating daylight into more than 90% of the new space.

Career overview

Career Rating
96
Average Starting Salary
$95,066

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
73%
School Facilitiated
27%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
91%
School Facilitiated
6%
Graduate Facilitiated
3%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

37%
Marketing
32%
Finance/Accounting
14%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Human Resources
4%
Consulting
4%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

51%
Midwest
14%
Southwest
13%
Northeast
12%
West
2%
South
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 37% $98,000 $94,176 $45,000 $110,000
Finance / Accounting 32% $97,000 $94,672 $60,000 $125,000
Operations / Logistics 14% $95,000 $89,923 $50,000 $108,000
Human Resources 6% $85,000 $83,132 $73,658 $93,000
Consulting 4% $132,500 $131,750 $127,000 $135,000
General Management 4% $110,000 $102,250 $60,000 $125,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consumer Products 34% $100,000 $95,452 $50,000 $110,000
Financial Services 16% $95,000 $94,250 $75,000 $127,000
Manufacturing 16% $97,400 $92,068 $65,000 $110,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 8% $100,000 $102,000 $81,000 $125,000
Media / Entertainment 6% $105,000 $100,000 $95,000 $105,000
Real Estate 6% $80,000 $77,800 $60,000 $90,000
Technology 6% $102,500 $99,700 $85,000 $108,000
Consulting 3% $135,000 $133,333 $130,000 $135,000

Prominent Alumni

Steve Bennett
CEO, Symantec

Thomas J. Falk
Chairman & CEO, Kimberly-Clark

John Morgridge
Chairman Emeritus, Cisco Systems

John Oros
Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC

Rob Pollock
Chairman & CEO of Assurant

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$28,175

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$28,175

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
87%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
87%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
88%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
88%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$13,184
Tuition (Out-State)
$26,678
Fees (In-State)
$1,130
Fees (Out-State)
$1,130

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,990
Academic Expenses
$1,190

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
338
Part Time
43%

In State
31.0%
Out of State
69.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
130

Demographics

18.00%
Minorities
17.00%
International

32% female
68% male

Campus Life

Students Say

When they aren’t hitting the books, Wisconsin MBA students say there are “plenty of activities to become involved in, such as fundraising events, guest lecturers and social get-togethers.” Even if you aren’t into extracurricular activities, it’s easy to get to know your classmates, because “in addition to clubs, classes, and social events, most students are wellconnected with the other students in their centers.” Most Wisconsin MBAs maintain a balanced perspective on life, work, and studies. A current student elaborates, “The students in the business school are very serious about their studies and put in long, dedicated hours to get things done. Then they go party. It takes a mature kind of mindset to be able to effectively balance the two.” Another chimes in, “It’s not uncommon to work on group projects until two or three in the morning.”

At this famous university, the business school is located “in the middle of campus with the 42,000 other students, so there is a constant buzz of activity.” The consummate college town, students love Madison, “a city with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment.” Since the business school is close to downtown, “you get the undergraduate as well as the professional demographic all within seven blocks.” With so many entertainment options, it’s no surprise that “most of the MBA students go out every Thursday night for a beverage—a great way to get to know everyone.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Will Wait
Director, MBA Admissions & Recruiting

Address
2450 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Abu Dhabi

Phone
800-390-8043

Fax
608-265-4192

Email
mba@bus.wisc.edu
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Key Stats

460
Applicants
338
Size
33%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists