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Full-Time MBA Jumps Five Spots in Bloomberg Businessweek US Rankings

By Wisconsin School of Business

November 7, 2019

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The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program climbed to #37 in the U.S. in the annual Bloomberg Businessweek rankings—up from #42 last year. The program ranked #15 among public universities.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings are based on employment data as well as surveys from recent graduates, alumni, and employers.

Wisconsin saw leaps in its scores for compensation, learning, and networking.

Compensation scores were based on the classes of 2018, but the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA has seen even greater strides in the area since then, posting an average starting salary of $107,949 for 2019 grads—the program’s highest average starting salary to date.

Networking additionally continues to be a strongpoint for the program.

“Small, intimate class sizes at the Wisconsin School of Business, backed by the resources of one of the biggest and best universities in the country, attracted me here,” says Gabriel Moss (MBA ’19), a recent graduate now working at Microsoft. “This program is more like a family than other programs I looked into. I have gained friendships and a professional network that will last forever.”

Kristin Mezzapelle (MBA ’19), a senior program manager for Amazon Web Services agrees. “There is always an opportunity to hang out with classmates, which gives you an instant Madison family. Plus, really involved alumni are a big part of the B-school culture at Wisconsin. Alumni are very engaged and responsive and go out of their way to help students succeed.”

The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program’s Bloomberg Businessweek ranking mirrors the program’s rankings in other publications. In the latest rankings in U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, Wisconsin ranked #35 in the U.S.—#13 and #14 among public universities respectively.

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