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The Wisconsin Professional MBA equips you with the strategic skills and technical know-how to take on your challenges at work today, and prepares you to lead in your next, high-level business role.

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Learn tools in class, apply them at work the next day

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Build a portfolio of abilities to make you eligible for more advanced positions

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Gain insights from world-class researchers and successful business leaders


Flexible coursework, customizable experiences

The Wisconsin Professional MBA starts with a set of core courses so you can gain a broad set of leadership skills and knowledge. After that, you choose the structure of your learning by earning badges in specific business disciplines. Take between two and five years to complete your MBA.

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Core Subjects

Functional core classes:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Financial Accounting

Leadership core classes:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Negotiations
  • Data to Decisions
  • Project Management
  • Business Strategy


Earn four badges to complete your MBA. Each badge consists of three courses. More badges are being developed and will be available in future semesters.

Badges available for Fall 2022:

  • Business Analytics - Data Storytelling
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Marketing Insight
  • Corporate Financial Insight

Badges are subject to change. New badges may launch each year giving students opportunities to earn different badge electives in the coming years.

Accelerated Options for Wisconsin School of Business BBA Alumni

Qualifying BBA alumni may be eligible to waive up to 14 credits of graduate curriculum requirements in the functional core and elective badges. This option may reduce the overall amount of time and money needed to complete this advanced degree. Please visit our Admissions page for more details.


Course Calendar

  • Online classes meet Wednesday nights, 6:15–8:55 PM CT
  • In-person classes meet one weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM CT


Year 1: Core cohort experience

Functional Core
(8 credits)


Leadership Core
(12 credits)


Take 1-4 additional years to complete your MBA. Choose up to one badge per quarter. Each badge consists of three 2-credit courses (6 credits total). A total of four badges are required to complete the program.

Corporate Financial insight

Marketing Insight

Supply Chain Strategy*

International Business*

Strategic Innovation

Business Analytics

Business Social Responsibility*


*In development. Not available for Fall 2022. Additional fees will apply for the International Business Badge.

Sample MBA Lesson

View our quick MBA 101 video for an accounting lesson from Associate Professor Fabio Gaertner on how revenue recognition is the key to understanding a company.

Enno Siemsen

“The Wisconsin Professional MBA Program is a program for professionals to gain skills now to advance to where they want to go. You get the broad business insights you need to be qualified for management positions plus the elective coursework you need to explore your individual career path to success.”

Enno Siemsen
Associate Dean of the MBA and Master’s programs