Life-changing career, lifelong connection

Turn your passion for finance into a purposeful, life-changing career. In this small, high-touch MBA program, administered through the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, you’ll gain the skills to immediately improve businesses; both ethically and financially. Our powerful alumni community will support you in the program and throughout your career.

  • Align your purpose, skills, and career goals with personalized guidance from leading industry practitioners.
  • Immerse yourself in a comprehensive strategic finance curriculum that includes corporate consulting projects.
  • Network with prominent executives, board members, and financial professionals who are passionate mentors.
  • Access high-paying jobs and a network at leading global corporations.
  • Accelerate your career in corporate finance, investment banking, consulting, strategy, corporate development, or investing.

The Wisconsin MBA is


in return on investment

US News & World Report (2018)

Accelerate Your Career Development

Graduates of our program have diverse career interests and successfully secure a wide range of high-paying roles, including financial analyst, investment banking associate, consulting associate, and many others.

Gain access to global American corporations, such as P&G, SC Johnson, General Mills, Medtronic, Clarios, Dish, Northwestern Mutual, Ecolab, Baird, Miller Coors, Amazon, Target, Fiserv, BMO Harris, Lands’ End, eBay Inc., and American Family Insurance.

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Top Employers Include

S.C. Johnson


Brad Chandler, director of the Nicholas Center, teaching MBA students

Focused Curriculum for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

Our curriculum is designed to deepen your understanding of finance—including markets, investment decisions, transactions, financial instruments—while honing your general management and critical thinking skills. We emphasize both theory and practice and offer electives within and outside of finance.

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Gain Practical Expertise

Learn by doing with consulting projects built into the curriculum. Advise companies like Amazon, 3M, and Procter & Gamble on important real-world business problems. You will also explore the latest trends in finance through our Nicholas Center Speaker Series and will be encouraged to make your own contributions to our community.

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Join a Powerful Network

You will immediately become a member of our Nicholas Center network which includes senior executives, board members, and financial professionals who serve as advisory board members and are eager to mentor students and assist in their careers.

  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison has produced more Fortune 500 CEO alumni than any other university, including Harvard and MIT.
  • Wisconsin Business Alumni number more than 41,800, serving globally at Fortune 500 firms as successful entrepreneurs, and as community leaders.
Meet the Nicholas Center network
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Our Blog

Don’t miss the latest news from the Nicholas Center. Learn about events, speakers, and the impact of national and international news on the financial world.

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Terry Brimley 

“There are many reasons why the Wisconsin MBA was the right fit for me. The exceptional ROI was the driver. Most post-MBA positions offer comparable salaries, but here I am getting an outstanding education with minimal debt. The specialization model and intimate class sizes were also key. I was prepared to make an immediate impact.”

—Terry Brimley, MBA ’20
Regional Financial Consultant (Field Finance) at Northwestern Mutual

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Meet the Team

A dedicated team of staff members will provide you with one-on-one support—from admissions through graduation.

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