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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 Fall 2020.

Classes begin Fall 2021.

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Completed Wisconsin Professional MBA online application

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

Essay(s) responding to the application question(s)

The essay(s) provides an opportunity for you to share details about your career goals. Questions for Fall 2021 applicants will be posted in August 2020.

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, and you must submit official transcripts/academic records. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree. You may submit unofficial copies of your transcripts which will be used by the admissions committee for review when you submit your application; however, you must submit original hard copies sent directly from your schools at or before your admissions interview, which is by invitation only.

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 All records must have a seal and signature in ink from the institution’s authorized official, such as the registrar or recorder of records. For degrees from international institutions, records must be in the original language of the institution attended, and accompanied by official English translations.

Standardized test scores

A GMAT or GRE, as well as TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international students is required. 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


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).

You may request a GMAT/GRE waiver with your Wisconsin Professional MBA application if you meet one of the the following criteria:

  • You have a terminal degree: JD, MD, PhD, or equivalent credentials from an accredited U.S. institution
  • You have five-plus years of professional work experience + an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
    Complete waiver application
  • You are active U.S. military or a U.S. veteran + have an undergraduate degree with cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, grades of B or higher in economics and statistics/math
    Complete military waiver application

For admission to the program, your academic ability will be evaluated on your undergraduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts will be taken into consideration, as well as any other transcript you submit that has a course for grade. However, if you do submit a GMAT or GRE at admission, that test score will be used when reviewing your candidacy. Candidates admitted with the GMAT/GRE waiver are not eligible for merit-based aid.


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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