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Admissions FAQs

If you have questions about the program that are not answered here, please check our Program FAQs.

Admissions Requirements

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  • What are the application requirements for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program?

    Each candidate is evaluated both individually and as a member of the entering cohort. The minimum application requirements include:

    • Completed graduate application
    • Personal essay
    • Current résumé
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Employer authorization form
    • Official transcripts/academic records
    • Application fee

    For additional details, see How to Apply.

  • What are the application requirements for international students?

    Applications from non-U.S. citizens are accepted if the applicants are in possession of permanent work authorization and are fully employed. F-1 student visas are not offered. The program’s international students are employed by U.S. companies and hold H1-B visas. If you will not be continuing employment with an H1-B visa, this program may not be the best fit for you.

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students unless the applicant attended four (or two) years and received an undergraduate (or graduate) degree from a U.S. institution. The target TOEFL score is at least 600 (paper-based test) or 106 (computer-based test).

  • Can I request a TOEFL waiver?

    International applicants with undergraduate degrees from U.S. universities—or who can demonstrate extensive knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking skills in English—may request a waiver of the TOEFL. Contact an Executive MBA Program admissions representative to request a waiver.

  • Can I be admitted with a non-business undergraduate degree?

    Absolutely. In fact, we prefer to have a diverse mix of backgrounds in each cohort. The typical cohort is about equally divided into students with business backgrounds, students from engineering/science/technology/healthcare, and students from the nonprofit sector/social sciences/humanities.

  • Do I need to submit transcripts from every college or university I have attended?

    Yes, you should submit transcripts/academic records from each educational institution attended since high school. If your degree and date awarded do not appear on your transcripts/academic record, submit an official certificate of the degree awarded. Candidates are able to upload unofficial transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts must be sent directly to the Executive MBA Program Office from the institution(s) at or prior to the admissions interview. For more details about application requirements, see How to Apply.

  • Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?

    The target GPA is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Graduate-level academic experience is also considered.

    Applicants may be admitted on probation. The University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School requires students who are admitted with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 to be placed on probation for one semester. Individuals in good academic standing at the end of the first semester will be removed from probation.

  • How much professional work experience is required for admission?

    The target is eight years of full-time professional work experience, with a target of five years of leadership experience. The typical cohort has an average of 16 years of professional work experience, with an average of 10 years of leadership experience.

  • What constitutes professional work experience?

    “Professional work experience” is defined as full-time, post-undergraduate work experience. Individuals who were non-traditional undergraduate students are encouraged to include all professional experience for consideration. Military experience is considered.

  • Is an admissions interview required?

    Yes. Admissions interviews are by invitation only, with invitations extended after applications have been reviewed. Interviews with one or more members of the admissions committee take place on campus; in rare cases, an interview may be conducted by videoconference.

  • Can I schedule a review of my qualifications with a member of the admissions team prior to completing my application?

    Yes. An admissions representative can review your résumé and other qualifications before you apply. This informal review of your credentials does not replace a formal application and will have no bearing on application decisions. Contact a member of the admissions team to arrange for a one-on-one admissions meeting.

Admissions Process

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Admissions Decisions

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  • How soon can I expect an admissions decision?

    Decisions are made within six weeks of each monthly admissions deadline.

  • How will I be notified of my admissions decision?

    The admissions committee will publish your admissions decision—admit, deny, or waitlist—to your online application account. You will also receive an email from the program office indicating that your decision has published. Once you receive an offer of admission, you will have a deadline by which you must accept or decline the offer.

  • Do applicants ever get waitlisted, and if so, what happens next?

    It is not uncommon to be waitlisted for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program while the admissions committee continues to shape each incoming cohort.

    If you are waitlisted, a member of the admissions committee will contact you if additional information is needed. If additional information is requested, the committee will review your application again after you have submitted those pieces. The committee will review all waitlisted applications in the final admissions cycle, which typically takes place in late spring. Applicants may be waitlisted for one cycle or until the final admissions cycle occurs, as it is dependent on each individual applicant file and the date of application.

  • If I am denied admission, can I get feedback?

    Yes. Individuals who are denied admission to the program may request a phone appointment to discuss the application once the final admissions cycle has concluded. Appointments are typically offered in July.

Tuition and Financial Support

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  • How much can I expect to pay in tuition and fees?

    The estimated tuition and fees for students starting in the fall of 2016 is $83,000 for the entire two-year program. Exact tuition and fees are set each August by the state legislature. Increases may vary from year to year. These estimates are calculated on a five percent annual increase. The 2015–2016 tuition and fees for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program are $40,300 per year.

  • What is included in the tuition and fees?

    The tuition and fees for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program include the global learning experience trip (other than a few independent meals and miscellaneous personal expenses), career coaching and student support services, a tablet computer equipped with Wi-Fi, the needed software, and class materials (all course materials other than textbooks), on-site parking during classes, lunches and refreshments during class, networking and social events, all UW–Madison amenities available to students, and telephone and web conferencing services.

  • What kind of financial support is available?

    Merit scholarships that cover 25 percent of tuition over the 20 months of the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program are awarded to exceptional candidates. A separate scholarship application is required.

  • How do I apply for merit-based financial aid?

    A separate scholarship application is required. To get started, simply indicate your interest in applying for a scholarship by checking the appropriate box on the last page of the online application. Funds are limited; applying early is recommended.

  • When will I receive a decision regarding merit-based financial aid?

    Review of scholarship applications will coincide with the admissions review. Scholarship decisions will be made at the time of the admissions decision.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid available in the form of student loans. The financial aid process begins with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available from Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. Student loans are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid at UW–Madison. Fellowships and assistantships are not available to Wisconsin Evening MBA students.

Employer Support

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  • Should I consider approaching my employer about financial support for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program?

    We suggest you start by familiarizing yourself with your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy. Some organizations make exceptions to these policies on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to seek additional financial support, we encourage you to write a funding proposal for your organization that emphasizes the return on learning from your newly acquired knowledge and skills. You can also cite the benefits of your broadened network of professional contacts. Provide specifics as they relate to your role, work projects, and industry.

Admissions Events and Visits

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Transfer Credits and Course Waivers

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  • Are transfer credits or course waivers accepted?

    No credit transfers or course waivers based on past educational or professional experience are permitted. Due to the lockstep delivery of the curriculum and the importance placed on learning as a cohort, students are required to follow the prescribed curriculum and complete all courses.

Military Applicants

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  • Is the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program a good choice for applicants with military backgrounds?

    Military veterans are welcome to apply to the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program. Students find that the leadership, organizational, and analytical skills they developed in the military are directly applicable to an MBA curriculum focused on strategic management and leadership. The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program enhances this military experience, providing new knowledge and skills that equip students for significant management or leadership responsibilities in a civilian career.

  • What type of financial assistance is available to military applicants?

    The Evening and Executive MBA programs are recognized as programs eligible for use of military and veterans education benefits. The Veterans Services & Military Assistance Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is able to assist with questions about financial assistance.

  • Will military applicants be considered for merit-based financial aid?

    Yes. Any applicant, including military applicants, can apply for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships that cover 25 percent of tuition over the 20 months of the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program are awarded to exceptional candidates. A separate scholarship application is required. To get started, simply indicate your interest in applying for a scholarship by checking the appropriate box on the last page of the online application. Funds are limited; applying early is recommended.

  • What other support services are available to students with military backgrounds?

    Wisconsin Executive MBA students who are members of the armed forces have access to extensive support services and other resources from the Veterans Services & Military Assistance Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Center professionals help military applicants navigate their federal, state, and health benefits. The center also helps student connect with a variety of academic, social, and health resources on campus.

    Executive MBA students are welcome to participate in any of our student organizations, including the MBA Veterans Club, an active social organization that serves as a resource to new students. Members of the club also give back to the community and increase military awareness within all Wisconsin MBA programs.

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