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Admissions FAQs

Admissions Requirements

The minimum application requirements include:

Completed MBA application
Current résumé
One professional recommendation
Employer authorization form
Official transcripts/academic records
Application fee

Applications from non-U.S. citizens are accepted if the applicants are in possession of permanent work authorization and are fully employed. F-1 student visas are not offered. The program’s international students are employed by U.S. companies and hold H1-B visas. If you will not be continuing employment with an H1-B visa, this program may not be the best fit for you. 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.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students unless the applicant attended four (or two) years and received an undergraduate (or graduate) degree from a U.S. institution. The target TOEFL score is at least 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (computer-based test).

International applicants with undergraduate degrees from U.S. universities—or who can demonstrate extensive knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking skills in English—may request a waiver of the TOEFL. Contact an MBA admissions representative to request a waiver. Applicants who have worked in the U.S. for more than two years can request a waiver through their MBA application.

Absolutely. In fact, we prefer to have a diverse mix of backgrounds in each cohort. The typical cohort is about equally divided into students with business backgrounds, students from engineering/science/technology/health care, and students from the nonprofit sector/social sciences/humanities.

Yes, you should submit transcripts/academic records from each educational institution attended since high school. If your degree and date awarded do not appear on your transcripts/academic record, submit an official certificate of the degree awarded. Candidates are able to upload unofficial transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts must be sent directly to the Wisconsin School of Business MBA admissions office from the institution(s) at or prior to the admissions interview.

There is no minimum GPA requirement. Students who are admitted with a GPA below a 3.0 are admitted on a probationary status and must maintain a 3.0 or higher in the fall semester in order to continue with the program.

A minimum of eight years of full-time professional work experience, with five years in a leadership role is required. The typical cohort has an average of 16 years of professional work experience, with an average of 13 years of leadership experience.

“Professional work experience” is defined as full-time, post-undergraduate work experience. Individuals who were non-traditional undergraduate students are encouraged to include all professional experience for consideration. Military experience is considered.

Yes. Admissions interviews are by invitation only, with invitations extended after applications have been reviewed. Interviews with members of the admissions team take place over video or in some cases on campus.

Admissions Decisions

The admissions committee will publish your admissions decision—admit, deny, or waitlist—to your online application account. You will also receive an email from the program office indicating that your decision has been published. Once you receive an offer of admission, you will have a deadline by which you must accept or decline the offer.

It is not uncommon to be waitlisted for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program while the admissions committee continues to shape each incoming cohort.

If you are waitlisted, a member of the admissions committee will contact you if additional information is needed. If additional information is requested, the committee will review your application again after you have submitted those pieces. The committee will review all waitlisted applications in the final admissions cycle, with the final application deadline of July 1.

Yes. Individuals who are denied admission to the program may request a phone appointment to discuss the application once the final admissions cycle has concluded. Appointments are typically offered in July.

Tuition and Financial Support

The tuition and fees for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program include the global learning experience (other than a few independent meals and miscellaneous personal expenses), career coaching and student support services, a Windows-enabled 2-in-1 tablet computer, the needed software, all course materials other than textbooks, on-site parking during classes, lunches and refreshments during class, networking and social events, all UW–Madison amenities available to students, and telephone and web conferencing services.

To get started, simply access the merit scholarship application on your application.

Review of scholarship applications will coincide with the admissions review. Scholarship decisions will be made at the time of the admissions decision and communicated to you in your admission letter.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid available in the form of student loans. The financial aid process begins with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available from Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. Student loans are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid at UW–Madison. Fellowships and assistantships are not available to Wisconsin Executive MBA students.

Employer Support

We suggest you start by familiarizing yourself with your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy. Some organizations make exceptions to these policies on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to seek additional financial support, we encourage you to write a funding proposal for your organization that emphasizes the return on learning from your newly acquired knowledge and skills. You can also cite the benefits of your broadened network of professional contacts. Provide specifics as they relate to your role, work projects, and industry.

Read our blog post on asking for employer support.

Admissions Events and Visits

We offer several opportunities to connect with current students.

There are a number of ways you can learn more, including a one-on-one virtual or in-person meeting with an admissions professional or an event or scheduled visit to campus. You are also welcome to participate in an online chat or join us for networking at the M. Keith Weikel Leadership Speaker Series. We encourage you to review the complete list of admissions events and visits.

Transfer Credits and Course Waivers

No credit transfers or course waivers based on past educational or professional experience are permitted. Due to the lockstep delivery of the curriculum and the importance placed on learning as a cohort, students are required to follow the prescribed curriculum and complete all courses.

Military Applicants

The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is recognized as eligible for use of military and veterans education benefits. The Veterans Services & Military Assistance Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is able to assist with questions about financial assistance.

Yes. Any applicant, including military applicants, can apply for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to exceptional candidates. A separate scholarship application is required. To get started, simply indicate your interest in applying for a scholarship by checking the appropriate box on the last page of the online application. Funds are limited; applying early is recommended.

Wisconsin Executive MBA students who are members of the armed forces have access to extensive support services and other resources from the Veterans Services & Military Assistance Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Center professionals help military applicants navigate their federal, state, and health benefits. The center also helps students connect with a variety of academic, social, and health resources on campus.

Executive MBA students are welcome to participate in any of our student organizations, including the MBA Veterans Club, an active social organization that serves as a resource to new students. Members of the club also give back to the community and increase military awareness within all Wisconsin MBA programs.