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High staff-to-student ratio means you get unlimited support—and exceptional connections—as you step into your ideal career.

Be Trusted to Lead at the World’s Top Companies

Launch transformative tech products. Work on the most complex supply chain on earth. Represent the voice of the consumer for the world’s biggest brands. Hear from recent graduates and current students on the career paths they’ve taken as a result of the program.

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Results That Launch Careers

MBA Class of 2023

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Kyle Nakatsuji
“I am growing a company with big ambitions and using cutting-edge technology. I’m always pushing myself to do more than anyone ever expected of me. To be trusted to lead when there is no blueprint.”
Kyle Nakatsuji (MBA ’11, JD ’12)
Founder and CEO, Clearcover
Sennai Atsbeha
“I move at the speed of culture. My superpower is understanding what’s happening in the world and building brands that really connect with people.”
Sennai Atsbeha (MBA ’09)
VP of Brand Marketing, Gymshark
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Top Recruiting Companies

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Exceptional Career-Readiness To Take On Your Dreams

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360º Preparation

  • Work with trained career coaches and advising experts
  • Focus your career path based on your interests, aspirations, and values
  • Gain proven job search skills to match with the companies where you want to work
  • Connect with alumni and industry leaders in your field
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Small Class Size Advantage

  • Benefit from abundant, customized, one-on-one support
  • Get noticed, fit in. Faculty, staff, and advisors know you by name
  • Learn to thrive in teams
  • Work and learn with collaborative classmates

Immediate Industry and Alumni Connections

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Anne Judd
“Alumni support for the program is outstanding. One of the program alums, Jim Swanke, teaches a sustainability and risk management course and works for the consulting company Willis Towers Watson. I met with him for a mock interview, which led to an internship with his firm. Jim was such a supportive and encouraging advocate, advising me on which divisions would be best fits and connecting me with the right people. After graduation, I returned to Willis Towers Watson full time.”
Anne Judd (MBA ‘16)
Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

The Right Career Support at the Right Time


Get a running start on your career before you arrive on campus.

  • Work with your career coach
  • Learn about personal branding
  • Assess strengths, preferences, and work style
  • Update and enhance your résumé

MBA orientation

The weeklong orientation helps you start strong, day one.

  • Participate in exercises and discussions
  • Explore successful networking
  • Participate in activities with your chosen specialization

Year 1

Prepare for success in a summer internship to experience your chosen field firsthand and build your network. Many internships lead to full-time offers.

Work with your career coach on a career vision.

  • Engage in mock interviews
  • Prepare for case-based interviews
  • Participate in career workshops
  • Sharpen your LinkedIn profile
  • Connect with employers through on-campus recruiting
  • Attend career fairs
  • Network with help from the career management team and your career specialization

Year 2

If you receive a job offer during your summer internship, we help you evaluate the offer, negotiate salary, and more. If you have not locked in full-time employment, we’ll work with you on job-search strategies and connect you with hiring employers and alumni.

  • Explore targeted industries and companies
  • Research companies in depth
  • Develop and implement a job-search plan
  • Attend national career fairs, accompanied by Wisconsin MBA career coaches
  • Evaluate job offers
  • Learn how to negotiate compensation packages
  • Network with alumni and other industry professionals with help from the career management team and your career specialization
Lindsey Rasie
“For career preparation, the résumé building and interview practice were very helpful prior to interview season. And my professional mentor was key in guiding me through multiple, fantastic internship offers to be sure I made the best decision for my career.”
Lindsay Rasie (MBA ’18)
Manager of User Experience Research at Adobe
Patrick Stahl
“I was very impressed with the … career center. I felt confident I would be prepared to find a job after graduation. Wisconsin also has a strong alumni network. As a smaller program, students connect with alumni who are eager to pay it forward and provide career advice.”
Patrick Stahl (MBA ’19)
Business and Data Analyst at Stellantis
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Ignite Career Accelerator: Gain Essential Leadership Skills

Develop essential, in-demand leadership skills as an individual, as part of a team, and as a manager through specially designed courses, experiential learning, and workshops. Get on a fast track to the UW–Madison Leadership Certificate.

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Ignite 3-day immersion during MBA orientation.

Explore how to lead with skill and confidence.

  • Cultural competence training
  • MBAs With a Heart: community service project
  • Becoming an MBA—Career Management Foundations
  • Emotional intelligence training
  • Workplace and networking etiquette

Leadership symposium project

Ignite leadership week and case challenges

Teams develop and pitch solutions to real-life challenges for actual companies and organizations. Read about past case challenges:

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Workshops and seminars

A wide variety of activities, events, and opportunities assures well-rounded exposure to leadership concepts and business executives and change-makers.

  • Discover your strengths: CliftonStrengths© Workshop
  • Leadership class
  • Speaker series
  • MBA Consulting Practicum
  • TED© Talk discussions

Kayla Lewis (MBA ’21)
“Ignite Career Accelerator fuels our passion and ambition to lead with strength. Essential skills are making us the well-rounded business leaders, change-makers, and lifelong learners the future demands.”
Kayla Lewis (MBA ’21)
Human Resources Management Associate at Citi

Recruiters Seek Wisconsin MBA Graduates

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“Wisconsin grads are a strong cultural fit with P&G’s purpose, values, and principles. UW–Madison creates well-rounded graduates with high integrity and a passion for winning. Wisconsin School of Business candidates are passionate about making a positive impact in the world and in the business from day one.”
Carrie Rathod
Procter & Gamble
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“The majority of MBA graduates join Intuit having developed initial skills and expertise in other industries. As Wisconsin MBA graduates, they bring varying thoughts and perspectives to Intuit and are a good fit with our innovative, constantly transforming culture.”
Pam Paulson

The Career Team: Focused on You

Career Management Team

You will work with a skilled team of career coaches to develop and accomplish your individual career goals. Our personalized approach and small class size mean you benefit from one-on-one support, from career coaching, personal branding, and resume support, to interview preparation, and job offer evaluation and negotiation.

Jean Sink
Jean Sink
Director of Career Management
Jean brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to executive and career coaching, leveraging a background in staffing and industry recruitment, higher education enrollment and career management, as well as over 15 years of experience in coaching teams, individual contributors, new managers, emerging leaders, and senior-level executives. She is passionate about the impact of professional life coaching, specifically in working with leaders and teams who are striving to break through plateaus and achieve the next level in their own development, achievement, and career trajectory.
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Will Wait
Will Wait
Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs
Will is committed to empowering MBA and master’s students with career management skills for lifelong success. He has held marketing and management roles at Kraft Foods, Target Corporation, Lands’ End, and American Family Insurance, and also built a successful small business. Will earned both his BBA and MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business and previously served as director of admissions for the full-time MBA program.
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Deb Jahnke
Deb Jahnke
Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs
Deb is passionate about helping individuals identify and achieve their highest aspirations and fullest potential. Her experience with SSM Health, General Motors, and other manufacturing firms spans diverse disciplines, including industrial engineering, quality, finance, operational excellence, data analytics, and continuous improvement. Deb earned her MBA from WSB and enjoys supporting current Badgers as they navigate their career path.
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Laura Berkan
Laura Berkan
Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs
As a UW–Madison alumna and seasoned business professional, Laura is committed to helping other Badgers achieve their career goals by building job acquisition skills to last a lifetime. Her experience spans multiple industries, including banking, insurance, investments, non-profit fundraising, business coaching/consulting, recruiting, and as an entrepreneur owning a boutique career consulting firm.
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Employer Relations Team

The experienced employer relations team connects you with companies and industries where you want to work. We partner with leading companies from across the nation and around the globe that recruit and hire our students, year after year.

Leslie Taylor

Leslie Taylor

Director of Employer and Corporate Relations
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Connor Grey Perkins

Connor Perkins

Operations and Communications Coordinator
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Amanda Kost

Amanda Kost

Assistant Director of Employer Relations
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Karl Galko

Karl Galko

Assistant Director of Employer Relations
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