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Curriculum

You need your MBA to prepare you for success at all levels. That’s where we shine. You learn essential fundamentals, but you dive deeper into a focus area. It’s like two degrees in one.


Core Curriculum

Year 1

Arrive at your next career move ready on day one. Our general management core curriculum seamlessly integrates key functional areas of business with essential leadership skills. These fundamentals prepare you to excel out of the gate and as you move up professionally. Second-semester courses build on first-semester fundamentals and prepare you for applied learning experiences.

Semester 1

  • Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Data to Decisions
  • Leading and Working in Teams
  • Financial Accounting
  • Operations Management

Semester 2

  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Strategy
  • Ethics, Integrity, and Society
  • Integrated Company Analysis

Specialized Curriculum & Experiential Learning

Years 1 and 2

Here is where the Wisconsin difference shines. You begin specializing in your preferred field right away, in your first semester. Experiential learning in our small, specialized program means you get robust, team-focused, hands-on project and consulting experience tailored to your chosen field. Opportunities are woven throughout the two-year curriculum. This sets you apart in a big way as you interview for a summer internship. And you arrive at your internship able to make an immediate impact. Employers notice. Many internships result in full-time offers.

Internship

Summer Year 1

Land at a top company in your field, ready to apply all that you’ve learned in your first semester. Comprehensive one-on-one career support will have you confident and ready for interviews. You’ll stand out when you get there, fully prepared to jump in with early specialization training. Expand your network, experience, and knowledge.

“The Wisconsin MBA provided many opportunities in my first year to practice the soft skills employers are looking for. This proved invaluable during my internship at Boston Scientific. At my internship, I was presenting to senior leaders multiple times a week and presented my summer project to people from across the company. Without my MBA I wouldn’t have known how to approach presentations effectively.”
Gabriel Moss (MBA ’19)
Partner Development Manager, Microsoft Healthcare

Global Learning

Spring Year 2

Experience global business firsthand in a team consulting project with actual deliverables for a multinational corporation or native company. Work with students from different specializations for a cross-disciplinary perspective in on-site consultations with company leaders; tours to learn economy, history, and culture.

Transformative Experiences in China and Hong Kong

Thirty students from the marketing specializations visited China and Hong Kong. They met with executives at companies like Kellogg’s, The Nielsen Company, 3M, and Proctor & Gamble. They also visited the Hong Kong stock exchange and the U.S. Consulate in Beijing, and had the perspective-changing experience of being consumers in China and Hong Kong.

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Career Management

Career management is seamlessly integrated into the MBA curriculum. Afterall, it’s not just what you learn here, it is how you package it to the employers where you want to work. With our high staff-to-student ratio, you are ready to present your strongest traits and communicate the values that will make you a preferred candidate.

Essential leadership training is embedded throughout the curriculum and as part of Ignite Career Accelerator to prepare you to make an immediate career impact.

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Graduate Certificates

Customize your MBA degree even further by adding a graduate certificate to expand your skills and knowledge base to further target your expertise.

  • Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate in Strategic Innovation: Organizations, Technology, and Society
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Entrepreneurship

If your vision is to impact the world as an entrepreneur, Wisconsin has what you need to start or grow your big idea. Innovation thrives here, in part because small program size means you get substantial one-on-one attention to develop the exact skills you need. The Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship serves as a hub for learning and connection with students, faculty, and alumni across the campus in a highly supportive environment.

Learn more about entrepreneurship at WSB

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In the Wisconsin MBA, we practice what we teach. Our commitment to diversity in our student body mirrors our commitment to diverse faculty and staff. We are continually adding depth to the program to reflect the world and the workplace, which brings rich perspectives to our curriculum and gives you a truly well-rounded education.

Learn more about diversity, equity & inclusion at WSB

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