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Start on Your Path to an MA in Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership Degree

Selecting the right master’s program for your career goals is important. Our admissions team is here to help you at every stage, from inquiry to application. Schedule a phone or video consultation with one of our team members to get started.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

Application due

November 1, 2021
February 1, 2022
March 15, 2022
May 1, 2022

Decision date

December 17, 2021
March 18, 2022
April 22, 2022
June 3, 2022

Tuition & Fees

The following costs apply to the 2020-2021 academic year.

ItemResident TuitionNonresident Tuition[1]
Segregated fees$1,468.60$1,468.60
Estimated yearly total$24,833.24$48,481.72
  1. Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. See details below.
  2. Tuition rates vary from year to year, and are determined by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, based on budgets approved by the Wisconsin governor and legislature. Tuition is reviewed and set annually in August. For more information about tuition rates, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.
  3. Segregated fees are charges, in addition to tuition, assessed to all students for student services, activities, programs, and facilities that support the mission of University of Wisconsin System institutions, including UW–Madison. The segregated fee rate is updated each summer.

Tuition is listed at the full-time rate for two academic semesters. Summer tuition and any additional credits taken are subject to a per credit cost.

What You’ll Need for Your Application

Essay 1

The Bolz Center curriculum and experiential learning is based in a business school and rooted in principles of community development. Please write a statement of purpose (SOP) for pursuing a degree in the Bolz Center, specifically, why Bolz and why now? A typical SOP is 1 or 2 pages.

Essay 2

The Bolz Center faculty, staff, and students strive to learn and lead through a lens of Arts and Social JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.) Please share with us what the term Arts and Social JEDI means to you, and in what ways you strive to put these practices into your work and life?

Essay 3

At the Bolz Center, we teach and learn arts leadership and entrepreneurship through the practice of arts­-based community development, or creative placemaking. Please describe for us a creative placemaking project you have been involved in implementing, or describe one that you admire, and what impacts or outcomes it produced for the intended community.

Essay 4

You are having a discussion with a colleague who is attempting some applied research around an arts­-based community development intervention she is trying to implement in her neighborhood or company. She is debating between a proactive intervention vs. a reactive intervention using arts or culture as a catalyst. In your words, what is the difference between these two approaches? What questions would you need to ask her to help you to further define the difference and the potential outcomes of these two approaches?

Please use this optional essay to communicate additional information about yourself that is not otherwise represented in the application and that you feel would benefit the admissions committee.

Include past work experience, educational accomplishments, demonstrations of leadership, and ways in which you have grown professionally. Please include any volunteer board or committee service.

Your past academic history—particularly your four-year degree—indicates to us your ability to succeed in a structured study program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution is required.
  • International applicants are required to have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. View the minimum degree equivalents for different countries. You may wish to have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to ensure you meet the four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency requirements.
  • You can submit your application with unofficial transcripts; certified copies of transcripts from your degree institution are required once admitted.
  • The preferred method to receive official transcripts is electronically from your institution. Please access the Parchment website or contact your institution to make this request and send to Official transcripts may also be mailed directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed and stamped envelope sent to:

    Wisconsin MBA Program Office
    Wisconsin School of Business
    2450 Grainger Hall
    975 University Avenue
    Madison, WI 53706

    Official transcripts must be received on or before August 1.

One recommendation is required. Select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential for leadership or management. They should have a strong understanding of your abilities and be familiar with solid examples of your accomplishments. This individual may be a current or past supervisor or manager, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved.

Demonstrated knowledge of business fundamentals completed or expected completion by start of program. Coursework can be done at any accredited university or college. Below are ways to meet this prerequisite. Only one is needed to fulfill this requirement:

  • Undergraduate degree with business major or minor
  • Completion of a Certificate in Business or Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals at UW-Madison
  • Earning a minimum 3.0 GPA in intermediate college coursework covering such areas entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, or general business
  • General Business 310 or 311 at UW–Madison. These courses are offered every semester and during the summer. Applicants may complete these courses as a special student.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience in one of the business disciplines mentioned above
  • $75 for both domestic and international students (additional $6 processing fee for international students).
  • Fee waivers available if active duty in the U.S. military within three years of applying.
  • Payment by credit or debit card through the online application system; receipt required to learn of admissions decision.
  • Admission interviews are by invitation only.
  • Conducted in person or by videoconference.

No GMAT or GRE test score is required as part of the admission process.

Additional Details About Costs

Residency for tuition purposes

Wisconsin residency for tuition purposes is determined prior to enrollment and remains constant for the duration of your program. More information is available from the Office of the Registrar. Answers to commonly asked questions can also be found on their website.

Minnesota-Wisconsin reciprocity agreement

Minnesota residents may be eligible for reduced tuition as participants in the Minnesota–Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. Students certified under this agreement, although classified as nonresidents, are assessed the comparable instructional fees in effect at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, plus the segregated fees assessed to all UW–Madison graduate students. Contact the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office for a reciprocity application.

Student health insurance

As a UW–Madison student, you have the option to purchase health insurance through University Health Services. There are plans for student only, student plus one, and student plus family. International students are required to purchase health insurance through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Other options for U.S. citizens and permanent residents would be through the health insurance marketplace. Costs vary based on plan.

UW–Madison Student Job Center

The UW Student Job Center lists part-time, limited-term employment (LTE), graduate assistant, and summer job openings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in the private and public sectors. Many students work part time to help offset the costs of their graduate education.

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