Overview

Applicants
465
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.43
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
640 - 700
GPA
3.18 - 3.68

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
September 25

Regular Application Deadline
January 10

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
November 1

Round 2
January 10

Round 3
March 1

Round 4
April 10

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
176

77.8
Full-time
26.7
Female
22.2
Part-time
12.5
Underrepresented Minorities


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.”


Concentrations

Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
Finance
Investment Banking
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
Product Management
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Data Analytics
Finance
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Certificate Programs

Data Analytics
Entrepreneurship
Strategy & Leadership
Sustainability Management

Center for Research

Accounting
Entrepeneurship
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Investment Banking
Marketing
Product Management
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
https://wsb.wisc.edu/programs-degrees/certificates/business-environment-social-responsibility-grad As a student in the Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility Program, you will acquire career-enhancing knowledge of: The causes of environmental and social challenges facing the business world, and the respective policy and business responses to those challenges Frameworks and measurement systems for incorporating sustainability concerns into business analysis and decision-making The chief areas in which business activities and sustainability concerns intersect You also will acquire in-demand skills that will enable you to: Analyze the causes of and responses to environmental and social problems, as well as develop and implement solutions to these problems 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 impact business concerns, and develop effective management solutions for these scenarios

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. https://wsb.wisc.edu/programs-degrees/certificates/business-environment-social-responsibility-grad

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

Average Starting Salary
$98,463
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
90%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
59%
School Facilitiated
39%
Graduate Facilitated
2%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
68%
School Facilitiated
24%
Graduate Facilitiated
8%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

41%
Marketing
22%
Finance/Accounting
11%
Operations/Logistics
10%
Other
6%
Human Resources
5%
Consulting
5%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

61%
Midwest
16%
West
7%
South
7%
Southwest
5%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
Northeast

Students Say

Starting at Orientation and through the first months of their MBA, students receive plenty of help to initiate their internship search, including instruction on resume writing, interviewing, researching companies and more. After that, students have access to the Career Center ’s Internet database as well as one-on-one career advising with professional counselors. However, the program’s unique in-depth focus is what really makes the dif- ference in career placement. A current student explains, “Access to corporate recruiters is unprecedented since we have a program which consists of specializations, rather than a generic MBA. You get put on a niche career track right away, so recruiters know exactly what they’re getting during interviews.”

With strong ties in the region, 60 percent of students take jobs in the Midwest. However, for those looking to expand their horizons, students reassure us that “last year and the current year, we have been utilizing our alumni and board member connections to send a significant number of finance students out to New York for positions with bulge bracket firms.” Currently, the top five recruiters at UW are: Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and Cisco Systems, Inc.


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 41% $105,000 $104,894 $57,000 $130,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $90,000 $91,765 $57,000 $115,000
Operations / Logistics 11% $101,500 $100,000 $75,000 $130,000
Other 10% $95,000 $98,214 $72,500 $125,000
Human Resources 6% $95,000 $89,250 $64,000 $103,000
Consulting 5% $99,580 $94,290 $68,000 $110,000
General Management 5% $80,000 $80,000 $55,000 $105,000

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 26% $105,000 $106,525 $98,000 $115,000
Technology 13% $97,000 $102,333 $64,000 $130,000
Manufacturing 12% $100,000 $100,556 $78,000 $125,000
Other 11% $95,000 $89,556 $57,000 $110,000
Financial Services 9% $92,500 $94,500 $62,000 $125,000
Real Estate 9% $90,000 $89,000 $70,000 $105,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 6% $105,000 $101,600 $95,000 $108,000
Consulting 4% $100,000 $91,000 $68,000 $105,000

Prominent Alumni

Dave Lesar
Former Chairman of Halliburton Energy Services

Jacob Abel
International Marketing at Delta Air Lines

Susan Chapman-Hughes
EVP, Global Consumer Services, American Express

Sarah Condella
Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Exact Sciences

Papi Valmond
Global Risk Manager at Daimler Financial Services

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$29,930

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$21,649

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
53%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
86%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
84%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$19,162
Tuition (Out-State)
$38,777
Fees (In-State)
$1,282
Fees (Out-State)
$1,282

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-State)
$0
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,274
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,274
Academic Expenses
$1,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
183
Part Time
0%

In State
36.0%
Out of State
64.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

12.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
22.00%
International

28% female
72% male

Campus Life

Students Say

When they aren’t hitting the books, Wisconsin MBA students say there are “plenty of activ- ities to become involved in, such as fundraising events, guest lecturers and social get-to- gethers.” 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 well connected with the other students in their centers.” Most Wisconsin MBAs maintain a balanced perspective on life, work, and studies. A current student elaborates, “The stu- dents 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 with- in 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
Betsy Kacizak
Director, MBA Admissions & Recruiting

Address
2450 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Phone
608-262-4000

Fax

Email
mba@wsb.wisc.edu


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