The admissions committee considers every application holistically, evaluating each individual candidate based on his or her merits. We have found that a variety of career-focused individuals can benefit from the distinctive boutique program approach of the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program; there is no one “perfect candidate profile.”

We look for individuals who will not only benefit from the program, but who will also enhance the Wisconsin MBA experience for the entire class. Each new cohort group shares a diverse mix of backgrounds and interests, and many students have professional experience. This elevates the level of classroom discussion, enlivens team projects, and makes experiential learning opportunities more meaningful.

Here are some insights into how the admissions application helps us understand you as a Wisconsin MBA candidate.

The Wisconsin MBA Program builds student cohorts that bring together bright, motivated individuals who have a variety of perspectives to contribute to the group learning experience.

This is where you tell the admissions committee your unique story. We want to get to know you as an individual. In particular, we hope you will demonstrate how the Wisconsin MBA will accelerate your progress toward your career goals.

GMAT or GRE scores

Your scores on one of these standardized tests give us an indication of how successful you will be as you begin your graduate-level coursework.

Although we look for students with strong verbal and quantitative skills, there is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT or GRE. GMAT scores for our student population are available in the Class Profiles.

Academic transcripts

Your past academic history—particularly your four-year degree—is an indication of your ability to succeed within the context of a structure program of study.

Letter(s) of recommendation

A recommender who is familiar with your accomplishments in a professional setting can give us a valuable perspective of your leadership or management potential.


In addition to reviewing your past work experience, we look for educational accomplishments, demonstrations of leadership, and ways in which you have achieved professional growth.

For detailed information about application requirements, see how to apply.