To be successful in this program, students from non-English-speaking countries must be able to communicate quickly and clearly in spoken and written English, and be able to read it with ease.
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score from a test administered within two years of the date of enrollment (more or less, September 1 of the academic year of entry). The Wisconsin School of Business will accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English results as a substitute for the TOEFL.
Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in a country where the official language is English are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Individuals who will complete such a degree by June prior to enrollment are also exempt. Check the box requesting a waiver of the TOEFL requirement on the online application only if you meet one of these two conditions. A master's degree alone from an English-speaking institution does not qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL.
Individuals from countries where English is spoken, though not the primary official language, or who attended a bachelor's program where some but not all courses are provided in English, must submit a valid TOEFL score.
Applicants who take the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) generally should have a minimum total score of 106. For a competitive application, it is recommended that component scores be at least the following:
- Reading: 26
- Listening: 26
- Speaking: 27
- Writing: 27
The recommended minimum for a competitive application using the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is a total score of 620.