Your academic background, written essays, standardized test scores, and academic recommendations will be considered holistically by the admissions committee.

Many successful applicants to the Wisconsin Ph.D. Program in business have a previous master’s degree. However, successful applicants also include recent graduates with undergraduate degrees or doctoral degrees in fields other than business. Most applicants to the Wisconsin Ph.D. Program in accounting do have a Master of Accountancy degree.

Most successful applicants have GMAT or GRE scores in the 90th percentile. Additional information on the current class can be found in our class profile.

Graduate School Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business, applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These include:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An undergraduate major or equivalent evidence of suitable background for entering the proposed field

Academic Department Requirements

In addition to the UW–Madison requirements and general Wisconsin School of Business requirements, applicants must meet any additional requirements for the area of study to which they have been admitted. These will vary by academic department.

Admissions Decisions

Decisions of the departmental admission committee are posted to the online application website, where only the applicant may view the decision. The applicant will receive an email notification that the decision has been posted. Decisions are never communicated over the telephone.

If an applicant is admitted, the offer of a financial package will be communicated with the admission decision.

Each academic department has its own independent admissions committee and admissions process. Most admissions decisions are made in February or March, and you should expect a decision no later than mid-April.