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The Wisconsin School of Business launches redesign of executive MBA program

The Wisconsin Executive MBA will switch to a hybrid, in-person and online program. Enrollment into the program will pause during our redesign. We will start accepting applications for the redesigned program in late 2023 and the next cohort will begin classes in the fall of 2024.

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Still interested in applying to earn your Wisconsin MBA starting in 2022?

The Wisconsin School of business is currently accepting applications for our Wisconsin Professional MBA Program, for either a September 2022 or January 2023 start.

Executive MBA student Yevgeniy Rudnytsky chats with Jean Sink

Determining Your Fit in the Program

Our team will provide personalized assistance to ensure that the Wisconsin Executive MBA is a good fit for you. We will support you throughout the admissions process by answering questions, and by reviewing your résumé and other qualifications before you apply. We encourage you to meet with an admissions professional for an informal review of your credentials.

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Do I qualify for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program?

We welcome high-level professionals of all different types of backgrounds, roles, and industries. There are VPs of major companies, CEOs of small businesses, doctors, lawyers, and top-level managers. The program thrives on the diversity of its students’ experiences.

Target experience: A minimum of eight years of professional experience

Average experience: 16 years of professional experience + 13 years in leadership positions

Some students bring 2030 years of professional experience to the program.

What You’ll Need for Your Application

Required essay questions

The required short essay provides an opportunity for you to share details about your career goals and leadership experience. Please answer both questions.

  • Why have you chosen to apply to the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program?How will earning your MBA align with your career goals and influence your development as a leader?
  • How have you helped foster an inclusive work environment? Give one specific example of the impact it had on your organization.


Submit a résumé outlining your academic achievements and professional experience. To assist in the review process, please indicate the type of firm and scope of operations for each organization for which you were employed. Your résumé may include personal achievements, community involvement, global experiences, and other areas of interest. Upload your résumé when you submit the application.


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

Professional recommendation

One professional recommendation is required to apply, and you may submit two. You will enter your recommenders’ names and email addresses into your application. Each recommender will receive a recommendation form to complete.

The recommendation forms are submitted separately from your application. You should not wait for your recommender to submit their recommendation before submitting your application; however, your application will not be reviewed without the recommendation forms.

Employer authorization form

An appropriate member of your organization must demonstrate willingness to authorize your participation in the program by submitting the online authorization form. Authorization implies that:

The employer agrees that the participant will have approval to attend the scheduled classes and other required program activities that run concurrently with work hours.

The applicant will be asked to submit the name and email address of the representative in their organization who is authorized to give the applicant permission to miss work to attend class.

Application fee

When you submit your online application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.


  • Admission interviews are by invitation only.
  • They are conducted over video.

Optional essay

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.

Optional Executive Assessment

The Executive Assessment is not required to apply to the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program. However, applicants who have a lower GPA in their undergraduate degree or those with limited work experience with quantitative areas may consider this exam as a way to enhance their application. Applicants are encouraged to set up a consultation with a member of the admissions team to discuss their application and the option of taking the Executive Assessment.

The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The test focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in the classroom: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving. It requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting

Merit scholarship essays

Are you interested in applying for the Wisconsin Executive MBA scholarship?

  • The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is a team-based learning environment. Explain three traits you will bring to this learning environment and provide examples of how you have demonstrated those traits professionally.
  • What traits would you want your future teammates to possess that you do not? Why?

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