The Wisconsin Executive MBA degree is designed for senior and mid-level executives who wish to deepen their strategic leadership skills and enhance their global business preparedness in a cohort-based, collaborative learning environment.

While the target experience level is eight years of professional experience, the average for a typical cohort is 17 years, including an average of 13 years in leadership positions. Some students bring 20–30 years of professional experience to the program.

Executives find that getting an MBA degree maximizes their financial return over time, while improving performance results in their current roles.

For complete application requirements, see How to Apply.

2021 Merit Aid

Individuals who apply for a Fall 2021 start will be considered for one-year merit-based scholarships. These award packages can range from $5,000 to $10,000 to help offset the cost of tuition.

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Application Deadlines for Fall 2021

The application is open for Fall 2021 admission. Enrollment deposits are due upon acceptance of your offer.

Application Deadline Decision Date Enrollment Deposit Due
January 10, 2021 March 5, 2021 4 weeks after notification
March 1, 2021 April 24, 2021 4 weeks after notification
May 1, 2021 June 4, 2021 Soon after notification
June 1, 2021 July 2, 2021 Soon after notification
July 1, 2021 Rolling Soon after notification

Merit aid priority deadline: March 1, 2021

Upcoming Admissions Events

Information sessions provide a valuable introduction to the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program. Members of the Executive MBA admissions staff are on hand to provide you with information and respond to any questions you might have. You’ll also hear from current students, who will share their perspectives and answer your questions about the Wisconsin MBA experience.

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A Cohort-Based Approach

Admissions decisions are also made with the goal of building a strong, diverse cohort group for every entering class. This elevates the quality of the collective learning experience in the classroom and team projects. By learning and collaborating with other executives from diverse backgrounds, you’ll build a lifelong network of professionals you can rely on throughout your career.

In evaluating each applicant both as an individual and as a cohort member, we conduct a holistic review that considers many factors—including personal and professional achievements, motivation, leadership, diversity, international experience, and industry representation.

Plan Now and Participate Fully

Each cohort enters the program, progresses through the curriculum, and graduates together. This provides a team-based MBA experience that takes full advantage of the diverse professional backgrounds in the group and builds strong networks.

To help you plan for full participation in the program, we publish a sample academic calendar that includes the dates for an immersion week in August of your first year, regular classes, the 10-day international trip, and graduation. Calendar information for both academic years is made available well in advance, enabling you to schedule your other professional and personal commitments.

How to Learn More

We invite you to visit us, attend a networking event, participate in an online chat session, or hear from current students in one of our information sessions on campus or on the road.

If you have any questions, please check our Admissions FAQs or contact a program representative for personal assistance. We'll be happy to help you determine how the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program can support your career goals.

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