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Professional MBA

Master of Business Administration

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Earn your MBA your way with the Professional MBA program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

The Professional MBA program is designed to reflect the modern workplace with a blend of in-person and online learning.

Classes meet online one night a week and on campus one weekend a month, from Saturday to Sunday, for collaborative projects. You’ll complete additional coursework and assignments online. The flexible format and customizable curriculum allow you to complete the entire program on your schedule — whether that’s in as little as two years or as many as five years.

Taught by world-class faculty and top business leaders, the Professional MBA program focuses on building real-world skills that you can apply to your career immediately. You’ll gain strategic tools in management, marketing, operations and finance through a mix of virtual classroom learning and assignments, and hands-on collaborative projects on campus.

Students in the Wisconsin School of Business MBA programs form close bonds and business connections. Your on-campus weekends facilitate the network you need for business and career advancement opportunities. You learn from the diverse backgrounds of your classmates and apply insights from their work to your own. You’ll also gain access to the broader UW–Madison alumni network who are invested in your success and ready to help support your goals.

Is this program right for you?

The Professional MBA program is designed to reflect the modern workplace with a blend of in-person and online learning.

Classes meet online one night a week and on campus one weekend a month, from Saturday to Sunday, for collaborative projects. You’ll complete additional coursework and assignments online. The flexible format and customizable curriculum allow you to complete the entire program on your schedule — whether that’s in as little as two years or as many as five years.

Taught by world-class faculty and top business leaders, the Professional MBA program focuses on building real-world skills that you can apply to your career immediately. You’ll gain strategic tools in management, marketing, operations and finance through a mix of virtual classroom learning and assignments, and hands-on collaborative projects on campus.

Students in the Wisconsin School of Business MBA programs form close bonds and business connections. Your on-campus weekends facilitate the network you need for business and career advancement opportunities. You learn from the diverse backgrounds of your classmates and apply insights from their work to your own. You’ll also gain access to the broader UW–Madison alumni network who are invested in your success and ready to help support your goals.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; international applicants must have a degree equivalent to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a target undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates below a 3.0 will be considered and may be admitted on probation.
  • Have a minimum of two years full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Submit GRE or GMAT scores.*
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 100 or IELTS 7.0 (international applicants only).
  • Submit a copy of H1-B Visa or Permanent Resident Status (international applicants only).

* Some scores may not be required for certain applicants. Please contact the program for more details.

Application materials required:

  • Online application with paid application fee
  • Essay
  • Resume/CV
  • One professional letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Admissions interview (by invitation only)

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Program highlights

  • Complete half of your coursework online and the other half on campus just one weekend per month.
  • Work with your own career advisor to develop strategies for success.
  • Wisconsin part-time MBA students report an average 35% increase in salary upon completion of the program.

Wisconsin School of Business was named #1 executive MBA in Wisconsin by The Economist. Poets & Quants named Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program as having the nation’s top full-time MBA ROI.

How you'll learn

  • Choose your pace: complete your MBA degree in 2–5 years.
  • Complete half of your coursework online and the other half in class, one weekend per month from Saturday–Sunday.

Sample curriculum

Year 1

Core Cohort Experience

Functional Core

  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Accounting

Leadership Core

  • Economics for Managers
  • Managing Behavior in Organizations
  • Negotiations
  • Data to Decisions
  • Project Management
  • Business Strategy

Year 2-5

Electives: Choose up to one badge per quarter. A total of four badges are required to complete the program.

Corporate

Managerial Accounting
Corporation Finance Theory and Practice
Mergers and Acquisitions

Healthcare

Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations
Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare
Healthcare Operations Management

Manufacturing

Production Planning and Control
Supply Chain Analytics
Logistics Management

Responsibility

Diversity in Organizations
Sustainability, Environmental and Social Risk Management
Role of Business in Society

Innovation

Entrepreneurial Management
Strategic Management of Innovation
Entrepreneurial Finance

Analytics

Machine Learning for Business Analytics
Data Visualization for Business Analytics
Data Technology for Business Analytics

Marketing

Consumer Behavior
Strategic Pricing
Marketing in a Digital Age

Global

Multinational Business Finance
Global Business Management
Global Learning Experience

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  • 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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