Applying to the Wisconsin Global Real Estate Master (MS) Program is an easy, straightforward process.

Important Dates

Spring 2022 Intake

February 15, 2021: Application period opens
August 1, 2021: Application period closes
January-May 2022: Orientation and GREM semester

GREM Program Eligibility Requirements

The Global Real Estate Master Program is intended only for non-U.S. graduate-level students and alumni from top international business schools who meet the eligibility requirements below.

Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. Certified copies of transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred, as well as copies of transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended, are required in English.

Applicants are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for their undergraduate courses. Evidence of your undergraduate GPA should be displayed on your transcript.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must have completed 14 credits of graduate-level study in the subjects below, including any necessary prerequisite courses and electives, from a non-U.S. university recognized as a leading academic institution within the country of origin. Additionally, the enrollment criteria of the non-U.S. institution must be comparable to that of the Wisconsin MBA Program. Official transcripts are required in English.

Required Coursework

Students are expected to have completed specific graduate-level coursework in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics

Admissions Testing

Standardized tests required for GREM are detailed below. Test scores must have been obtained within five years of the semester for which you are applying.


A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score required is 100. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will also be accepted. The minimum IELTS score is 7.


Submission of a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report is optional.

You may submit GMAT scores directly by asking the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 79K-2S-72).

If you are submitting GRE scores, please direct the testing service to forward your results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 1846).

Application Process

The following must be submitted as part of your GREM application:

  • Official transcripts (in English) proving you have a bachelor’s degree from an approved institution and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Official transcripts indicating that you have completed the required 14 credits of graduate coursework indicated above.
  • A one-page résumé outlining academic/personal/professional achievements and business experience. There is no minimum/maximum work requirement.
  • TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test scores from within five years of the semester for which you are applying.
  • An essay of approximately 750 words explaining why you are interested in pursuing the Global Real Estate Master at this time. Specifically, you should describe how your chosen career specialization aligns with your short-term and long-term career goals.
  • An application fee of $81 USD for the GREM program. Payment by credit card only is available through the online application system. Admissions decisions will not be communicated to the applicant until the application fee has been received.

A fully completed application is required in order to be considered for admission into the program.

Visa Information

Students must obtain an F-1 visa to attend the GREM program. You may arrive 30 days prior to the start of the program, and stay 60 days after the program ends.

You also have the option to stay for the next semester through the Visiting International Student Program (VISP). To apply,
visit the VISP website.

When you have been accepted to the program and confirm you will enroll, the GREM office will collaborate with the UW International Student Services office to provide administrative support for an efficient visa application process.