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A degree created to meet the demands of your next career step

The Wisconsin Executive MBA curriculum—redesigned in 2023—will grow you as a leader, empower you to develop strategies to move your organization forward, and give you the tools to innovate as business evolves. 

Program at a glance

  • Part-time–Earn your degree while working full time
  • Hybrid–Attend weekly online classes + one weekend per month on campus
  • Accelerated–Finish in just 18 months

Program Schedule

  • Online classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. CT on Wednesday evenings.
  • In-person classes meet one weekend per month: Saturday from 8 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 to 4:30 p.m. CT.
  • The class schedule may change. See the Executive MBA Class Calendar for details: Fall 2024 Cohort Calendar (PDF)

Module 1: Develop as a Leader takes place throughout the program, as do executive mentoring and presentation coaching.

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Key Program Dates


In-Person Residency (5 days)
Immersion Week


Module 1: Develop as a Leader begins

Module 2: Run the Business begins




Two-week break




In-Person Residency (4 days)


Module 3: Grow the Business begins


One month break




One month break


Module 4: Transform the Business begins




Two-week break



Program ends

4 Modules for Stronger Leadership

Module 1

Develop as a Leader  

Leadership, Negotiations + Management | Build executive-level leadership and communication skills.


  • Leadership
  • Corporate Governance & Board Membership
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Talent Management
  • EMBA Consulting Practicum II
Module 2

Run the Business      

Finance + Operations | Develop a cross-functional knowledge of foundational business strategies and functions.


  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Mangement
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
Module 3

Grow the Business  

Strategy + Growth | Develop business strategies for taking your organization to the next level.


  • Business Strategy
  • Growth Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions & Global Strategy
Module 4

Transform the Business  

Innovation + Change | Learn how to lead through change and stay relevant through innovation.


  • Accelerating Innovation
  • Digital Strategy
  • Competing Through AI
  • Leading Change

Sample On-Campus Weekend

One weekend a month, you’ll come to UW–Madison to collaborate with your cohort and learn in person. Your on-campus weekend will involve a mix of lectures and hands-on activities, including team-building exercises, icebreakers, and more.

Time Saturday Sunday
8–10 a.m. Lecture/Activity Lecture
10–10:30 a.m. Break Break
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Activity Discussion
12–1 p.m. Lunch Lunch
1–2:30 p.m. Activity Lecture/Activity
2:30–3 p.m. Break Break
3–4 p.m. Lecture Lecture & Discussion
4–5 p.m. Q&A/Work Time Closing Activity
(finishes at 4:30 p.m.)

In-Person Residencies

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Spend two weeks with your classmates at the beautiful UW–Madison campus.

Our innovative residencies include programming on transformational leadership and executive-level communication, as well as programming designed to expand your network and enhance your team skills.

You’ll also dive deep into current business topics like sustainability, ethics, DEI, and technology while establishing new professional and personal connections.

August, Year 1

Residency 1

Kick off your executive MBA with Immersion Week. During this fast-paced, five-day residency, you’ll examine your strengths as a leader and learn, discuss, and practice skills like conveying your vision, effective storytelling, implementing organizational change, and more.

Spring, Year 1

Residency 2

Spend four days continuing to enhance your executive presence and communication skills with a focus on crisis communication and communicating to executive boards. You’ll also start your capstone project during this residency.

Experiential Learning

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Put what you learn into practice.

  • Nonprofit assessment
  • Plan for growth
  • Consulting

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