Executive MBA

Master of Business Administration

Grainger Hall on the UW-Madison Campus, home to the Wisconsin School of Business

Whether you are focused on moving your career forward or gaining the credentials to excel in the C-Suite, UW–Madison’s Executive MBA program provides the skills and confidence you need to succeed in today’s competitive landscape.


Is this program right for you?

Ranked 16th among public Executive MBA programs by The Economist, the UW–Madison Executive MBA program is for extremely motivated leaders with significant business experience. Over 60% of our Executive MBA students have advanced their career during our program or upon graduation.

As an Executive MBA student, you will grow your career, your expertise, and your network. The Wisconsin Executive MBA delivers core business principles, knowledge, and skills that are immediately relevant to your workplace.

Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday, and you will work with a single cohort of professionals, combining expertise and knowledge. Learn from globally recognized faculty and gain a solid academic foundation that will change the way you think about business. Infused with current issues and theory, our courses take you to the cutting edge of leadership practices.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio, along with the intense connections that our cohort model fosters, provides a community that is as invested in your success as you are in theirs. The camaraderie and passion you will find is unparalleled. You will graduate with an invaluable network that will enrich and sustain you throughout your business career.

Is this program right for you?

Ranked 16th among public Executive MBA programs by The Economist, the UW–Madison Executive MBA program is for extremely motivated leaders with significant business experience. Over 60% of our Executive MBA students have advanced their career during our program or upon graduation.

As an Executive MBA student, you will grow your career, your expertise, and your network. The Wisconsin Executive MBA delivers core business principles, knowledge, and skills that are immediately relevant to your workplace.

Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday, and you will work with a single cohort of professionals, combining expertise and knowledge. Learn from globally recognized faculty and gain a solid academic foundation that will change the way you think about business. Infused with current issues and theory, our courses take you to the cutting edge of leadership practices.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio, along with the intense connections that our cohort model fosters, provides a community that is as invested in your success as you are in theirs. The camaraderie and passion you will find is unparalleled. You will graduate with an invaluable network that will enrich and sustain you throughout your business career.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a target undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a target of eight years of professional work experience, with target of five years in leadership.
  • Show an excellent record of professional endeavors and a high potential for future advancement.
  • Be willing to participate in intensely interactive classes, team meetings, and individual study.
  • Have the maturity and motivation to make a two-year commitment.
  • Provide a work release from your employer for class hours that run concurrently with work hours.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Essay.
  • Current resume.
  • One professional recommendation.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Employer authorization form.
  • Admissions interview.

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Program highlights

  • Classes in our Executive MBA program meet every other Friday and Saturday, allowing you to stay on top of your career and family life.
  • Because of our very low student-to-faculty ratio and our small cohort design, you form strong connections with faculty and peers, expand your professional network, and build a community that is invested in your success both in and out of the program.
  • Our program is ranked 16th among public Executive MBA programs by The Economist, and over 60% of our students have advanced their careers during our program or upon graduation.

How you'll learn

  • Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday.
  • Enter with a tight cohort and complete your program together.
  • Work in small teams on projects that develop and apply your skills in real-world situations.
  • In the spring of your second year, travel as part of a global learning tour to expand your knowledge and experience in international business practices.

Sample curriculum

Year 1

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economics for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leadership
  • Macro-Economics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Consumer Behavior

Year 2

  • Negotiations
  • Business Law
  • Business Strategy
  • Investments
  • Executing Strategy
  • Multinational Business and Finance
  • Global Learning Experience
  • Role of Business in Society
  • Operations Strategy
  • Accelerating Innovation

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Randy Brandner

 Without my UW-Madison experience, I never would have suggested setting up a foundation.  

Randy Brandner – President of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce Foundation
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