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Completed applications will be reviewed following each admissions cycle deadline. Enrollment deposits are due upon acceptance of your offer.

Applications open September 2020.

Classes begin September 2021.

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Application Deadlines for September 2021

Application Due Decision Date Enrollment Deposit Due
November 1, 2020 December 18, 2020 4 weeks after notification
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 Rolling Soon after notification

Merit aid priority deadline: January 10, 2021

All completed applications are considered for Merit Scholarship upon review. Recipients will learn of the decision for merit when the admissions decision is published.

Accelerated Options for Wisconsin School of Business BBA Alumni

To be considered for credit waivers, the following criteria must be met:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Graduation date within five years
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Grade of B or higher in relevant undergraduate coursework

Applications will open beginning Summer 2022 for matriculation in Spring 2023. Start planning now. Consider scheduling a 30-minute consultation appointment with a member of the admissions team to discuss your unique career goals and get the information you need.


Completed Wisconsin Professional MBA online application

Provide details on your intended area of study, prior education, and work history.

Required Essay Questions

These short-answer questions are required and are an opportunity for you to share more information about your career goals. Please answer the questions completely.

  1. The Wisconsin Professional MBA will provide you a business foundation to build upon as a leader.  Tell us how you will apply the skills developed in the program and what your career goals are post-MBA.
  2. Tell us about a time you demonstrated leadership in a way that made an enduring impact. What did you learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader from that experience?
  3. 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 you that is not otherwise represented in the application and that you feel would benefit the admissions committee.

Current résumé

Submit a résumé outlining your academic achievements and professional experience. Your résumé may include personal achievements, community involvement, global experiences, and other areas of interest.

One professional recommendation

Ideal recommenders are current/former supervisors or those who best know your professional skill set. You may submit up to two recommendations.

Official transcripts and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

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

Standardized test scores

A GMAT or GRE, as well as TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international students is required. Students with five or more years of work experience may qualify to take the Executive Assessment in place of the GMAT or GRE. Review the test score waiver policy to see if you qualify.

Work experience

A minimum of two years of full-time professional work experience is required, the average amount of work experience is 6 years.

An H1-B visa or Permanent Resident status

No student visas are issued to Professional MBA students. Submit a copy of the H1-B visa or Permanent Resident documentation as part of application.


Admissions interviews are by invitation only, with invitations extended after applications have been reviewed. Interviews will be with a member of the admissions committee.


Standardized Test Scores


The Wisconsin Full-Time and Professional MBA Programs seek to build well-rounded classes with students from diverse professional, academic, and personal backgrounds.

A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score is preferred. The test should be taken within five years of the term for which you are applying. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution code: 79K-2S-72).

A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score will also be accepted. Please direct the testing service to forward your test results to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (institution Code: 1846).

Test Waivers

You qualify to request a test waiver for the GMAT or GRE if you meet one of the four sets of criteria below.

  • Qualification Set 1
    • At least five years professional full-time work experience
    • Undergraduate degree from a U.S. accredited university or college
    • Cumulative  undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • At least one advanced math course or quantitative course like finance or accounting with a B or better.
  • Qualification Set 2 (If you studied outside the U.S.)
    • Submission of original transcripts, along with transcripts evaluated by World Evaluation Services (WES)
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • At least one advanced math course or quantitative course like finance or accounting with a B or better
    • At least five years professional full-time work experience.
  • Qualification Set 3
    • Awarded a terminal degree, such as JD, MD, PhD, or equivalent credentials from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Qualification Set 4 (U.S. Military active duty or a veteran)
    • Undergraduate degree from a U.S. accredited university or college
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • At least one advanced math or quantitative course like finance or accounting with a B or better.
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For admission to the program, your academic ability will be evaluated based on your undergraduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts will be taken into consideration, as well as any other transcript with a graded course.

Note: If you do submit a GMAT or GRE test score at admission, that score will be used when reviewing your candidacy.

Candidates admitted with the GMAT/GRE waiver may not be eligible for merit-based aid scholarships or fellowships.

Executive Assessment information

If you have five-plus years of professional work experience, a third standardized test called the Executive Assessment is accepted. 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. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting


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 a Professional 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).

Connect with the Admissions Team

Benefit from a supportive team of admissions professionals who help you strategize your application and get on the path to your ideal career. We encourage you to meet with a member of the admissions team for an informal review of your credentials before you apply.

  • Sign up for a 30-minute consultation through the ScheduleOnce app.
  • Speak directly with an admissions team member and get your questions answered.
  • Share your career goals, work history, and academic background, and discuss your application.

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