We created an intuitive, flexible application process that puts you in control by allowing you to start anytime, save your work, and come back later to submit your application.

Completed applications will be considered by the admissions cycle deadlines

Determining Fit Before You Apply

Our team will provide personalized assistance to ensure that the Wisconsin Executive MBA is a good fit for you. We will support you throughout the admissions process by answering questions, and by reviewing your résumé and other qualifications before you apply. We encourage you to meet with an admissions professional for an informal review of your credentials.

Overview of Application Requirements

Documents You Need to Provide

  • Completed graduate application
  • Essay
  • Current résumé
  • One professional recommendation
  • Employer authorization form
  • Official transcripts
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (for non-native English speakers)
  • Copy of H1-B Visa or Permanent Resident Status (international applicants only)

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of eight years of full-time professional work experience, with five years of leadership experience
  • Admissions interview (by invitation of the admissions committee)
  • Application fee

Application Requirements in Detail

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  • Completed Graduate Application

    Complete the online application form to provide details on your intended area of study, prior education, and work history.

  • Required Essay Questions

    The required short essay provides an opportunity for you to share details about your career goals and leadership experience. Please answer both questions.

    1. Why have you chosen to apply the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program? How will earning your MBA align with your career goals and influence your development as a leader?
    2. How have you helped foster an inclusive work environment? Give one specific example of the impact it had on your organization.
  • Optional Essay

    The optional essay is an opportunity to communicate additional information about yourself that is not otherwise represented in the application and that you feel would benefit the admissions committee.

  • Merit Scholarship Essays

    Are you interested in applying for the Wisconsin Executive MBA Scholarship?

    1. The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is a team-based learning environment. Explain three traits you will bring to this learning environment and provide examples of how you have demonstrated those traits professionally.
    2. What traits would you want your future teammates to possess that you do not? Why?
  • Current Résumé

    Click here for a sample résumé

    Submit a résumé outlining your academic achievements and professional experience. To assist in the review process, please indicate the type of firm and scope of operations for each organization for which you were employed. Your résumé may include personal achievements, community involvement, global experiences, and other areas of interest. Upload your résumé when you submit the application.

  • One Professional Recommendation

    One professional recommendation is required to apply, and you may submit two. You will enter your recommenders’ names and email addresses into your application. Each recommender will then receive questions from the admissions committee.

    The recommendation forms are submitted separately from your application. You should not wait for your recommender to submit his or her recommendation before submitting your application; however, your application will not be reviewed without the recommendation forms.

  • Employer Authorization Form

    An appropriate member of your organization must demonstrate willingness to authorize your participation in the program by submitting the online authorization form. Authorization implies that:

    • The employer agrees that the participant will have approval to attend the scheduled classes and other required program activities that run concurrently with work hours.
    • The applicant will be asked to submit the name and email address of the representative in their organization who is authorized to give the applicant permission to miss work to attend class.
  • Official Transcripts

     A bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. You are able to submit your application with unofficial transcripts; certified copies of transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred are required for all admitted students.

    Official transcripts can be submitted in one of two ways. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed and stamped envelope sent to the Wisconsin MBA Program Office. Official transcripts may also be submitted electronically via email to ryan.schwenn@wisc.edu.

  • Executive Assessment Information

    Admissions Tests: The Executive Assessment is not required to apply to the Executive MBA Program. However, applicants who have a lower GPA in their undergraduate degree or those with limited work experience with quantitative areas may consider this exam as a way to enhance their application. Applicants are encouraged to set up a consultation with a member of the admissions team to discuss their application and the option of taking the Executive Assessment.

    The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in the classroom: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. It requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting gmac.com/ea.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (for non-native English speakers)

    For non-native English speakers, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (paper-based test) or 106 (computer-based test) is required. International applicants with undergraduate degrees from U.S. universities may contact an Executive MBA Program admissions representative to request a waiver of the TOEFL.

    The test must be taken within five years of your intended start term. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 79K-2S-72).

  • Copy of H1-B Visa or Permanent Resident Status (international applicants only)

    Wisconsin Executive MBA applicants must have either a H1-B visa or Permanent Resident status. No student visas are issued to Executive MBA students. Submit a copy of the H1-B visa or Permanent Resident documentation.

  • Work Experience and Professional Position

    A target minimum of eight years of full-time professional work experience is required, with a target of five years of leadership experience. The program is designed for students who will hold a full-time professional position throughout the program.

  • Admissions Interview

    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.

  • Application Fee

    When you submit your online application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.