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Administrative Unit:Wisconsin School of Business
College/School: Wisconsin School of Business
Admitting Plans:Ph.D., M.B.A., M.Acc., M.S.
Degrees Offered:Ph.D., M.A., M.B.A., M.Acc., M.S.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor in Actuarial Science; Doctoral Minor in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility; Graduate/Professional Certificates in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility; Entrepreneurship; Strategic Innovation
Named Options: Accounting: Tax (M.Acc.)
Finance, Investment and Banking: Applied Security Analysis (M.B.A.); Corporate Finance and Investment Banking (M.B.A.); Quantitative Finance (M.S.)
General Management: Evening (MBA); Executive (MBA)
Management and Human Resources: Entrepreneurial Management (M.B.A.); Strategic Human Resources Management (M.B.A.); Strategic Management in the Life and Engineering Sciences (M.B.A.)
Marketing: Marketing Research (M.B.A.); Product Management (M.B.A.)
Real Estate and Urban Land Economics: Global Real Estate Management (GREM) (M.S.)
Specializations: Business: Accounting and Information Systems; Finance, Investment, and Banking; Management and Human Resources; Marketing; Operations and Technology Management; Real Estate and Urban Land Economics; Risk Management and Insurance/Actuarial Science

Faculty: Dean François Ortalo-Magné
Accounting and Information Systems—Professors Warfield (chair), Covaleski, Matsumura, Nair, Skaife, Wild; Associate Professors Johnstone, Mayhew; Assistant Professor Hecht
Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance—Professors Browne (chair), Frees, Rosenberg, Schmit; Assistant Professor Sydnor
Finance, Investment and Banking—Professors Kavajecz (chair), Brown, Corbae, Johannes, Krainer, Mello, Ready, Wright; Associate Professors Eraker, Fedenia, Odders-White, Seward; Assistant Professors Chang, Gofman, Levine, Wu
Management and Human Resources—Professors Dunham (chair), Aldag, Coff, Gerhart; Associate Professors Eckhardt, Hart, Hunter, Stajkovic, Terlaak, Trevor; Assistant Professors Kim, Navis, Triana
Marketing—Professors Arora (chair), Heide, O'Guinn, Rindfleisch, Thompson; Associate Professors Lim, Peck, Schweidel; Assistant Professors Antia, Epp, Liu, Tanner
Operations and Technology Management—Professors Morris (chair), Hausch, Wemmerlov; Associate Professors De Croix, Finster, Kim, Lazimy; Assistant Professor Tong
Real Estate and Urban Land Economics—Professors Yavas (chair), Malpezzi, Riddiough; Associate Professor Davis; Assistant Professors Luque, Quintin

Overview

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Wisconsin School of Business seeks to equip candidates with the broad business background, major specialization, and analytical skills necessary to make sound management decisions. To gain expertise in these areas, the curriculum combines traditional lecture-style delivery with case analysis, project work, team interaction, and hands-on/practical experience in the business community.

As a result, graduates of the Wisconsin School of Business possess highly sought after technical/specialized expertise in a functional area of business as well as general leadership, problem-solving, analytical, and decision-making skills. Utilizing these skills, many of the school's 30,000 alumni have achieved remarkable success in business, government, service, and academic arenas worldwide.

The high scholarly productivity and leadership of the school's 74 faculty are regularly noted in national rankings. Recent studies of U.S. and worldwide scholarly research productivity rated UW–Madison Wisconsin School of Business faculty among the top 20 graduate business schools in the country. In addition to world-renowned recognition for research, the Wisconsin School of Business faculty bring a variety of real-world experience to the program.

Degree Programs 

At the graduate level, Wisconsin School of Business students select their degree program from the five that are available along with a variety of majors and options. Each program permits the student, with the assistance and direction of a major advisor, to tailor a program based on interests and career goals. The time needed to complete each degree program is different based on undergraduate preparation (and graduate preparation at the doctorate level) and the program selected.

Master's Degrees and Majors 

The following majors and options officially exist at the master's level. Not all plans are available for admission each semester. (see below for explanation of currently offered specializations.)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA is a professional degree for the student preparing for a career in the business world. The cross-functional/interdisciplinary program exposes the student to each of the functional areas of business combined with a specialization in a specific area of business. Areas of specialization include corporate finance and investment banking, applied security analysis, arts administration, brand and product management, general management, marketing research, operations and technology management, real estate and urban land economics, risk management and insurance, strategic human resource management, and supply chain management.

Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is currently designed for students who wish to pursue very specialized studies within one of two specific fields: global real estate and finance (with a specialization in quantitative finance). With previous undergraduate exposure to the functional areas of business, students are able to gain a more extensive focus in one of these two specific areas of business.

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)

M.Acc. students seek advanced preparation for careers in various aspects of accounting. The degree stresses in-depth study of accounting theory, auditing, taxation, information systems, applications, policy, and decision making. The program can be undertaken by students possessing an undergraduate accounting degree from UW–Madison or an undergraduate accounting degree in a non-accounting field from any school.

Evening MBA

The School of Business offers the Evening MBA—a part-time program that allows students to complete an MBA degree while continuing full-time employment. The evening MBA is a 32-month, lockstep, cohort program offering a major in general management. Classes meet Monday and Thursday evenings during fall, spring and summer, and alternate Fridays and Saturdays in January. There is an international trip in the second year of the program.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA Program at the Wisconsin School of Business gives experienced, high-potential managers the opportunity to earn an advanced degree over 21 months without career interruption.

Offered in lock step with a single cohort, the Executive MBA Program meets every other Friday and Saturday. The curriculum is specifically designed to build on the unique knowledge and experience executives bring to the classroom.

Ph.D. Degree 

The Ph.D. degree provides advanced instruction that actively involves the student in research. Wisconsin School of Business doctoral candidates share with their professors the experience of exploring the frontiers of knowledge while acquiring the spirit as well as the methods of productive scholarship. At the time of enrollment, each student is assigned a major advisor to provide program counsel and to channel communication within and between School of Business departments. The mentoring relationship between the major professor and student is one of mutual agreement.

The Wisconsin School of Business offers the Ph.D. with the following specializations:
Accounting
Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance
Finance, Investment, and Banking
Information Systems and Operations and Information Management
Management and Human Resources
Marketing
Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress (Ph.D.)

Admission (MBA)

Admission consideration for the MBA Program requires a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent, in any discipline, from an accredited institution. The Wisconsin School of Business seeks a minimum of two years of full-time work experience along with a strong undergraduate performance. In addition to academic credentials, GMAT scores, and work experience, personal achievements, motivation, communication skills (written and oral), international exposure, and recommendation letters are considered in the admission process at both the master's and doctoral levels.

Please note: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), taken within five years of the starting term, is required of all applicants to the School of Business; the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be an acceptable alternative on a case by case basis. All applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), Intensive English as a Second Language (IELTS) or show the completion of an Interlink program. A minimum iBT TOEFL score of 100 or equivalent, obtained within two years of the intended start term, is required. International applicants who have completed a degree at an institution whose primary language of instruction was English may request a waiver of this requirement on the application.

Admission (Ph.D. and M.S. only) 

Admission consideration requires a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent, in any discipline, from an accredited institution. Work experience is not required. Applicants should have an undergraduate minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In addition to academic credentials, test scores, personal achievements, motivation, communication skills (written and oral) and recommendation letters are considered in the admission process at both the master's and doctoral levels.

Please note: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within five years of the starting term, is required of all applicants to the Ph.D. and M.S. Programs. Also, all domestic (including Puerto Rico) and international applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A recommended minimum TOEFL score of 106 (New iBT), obtained within two years of the intended starting term, is needed for admission consideration. International applicants who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree in a country where the official language is English may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. A master's degree from an English-speaking institution does not qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL. The school accepts IELTS and Pearson Test of English as substitutes for TOEFL.

For more information:

Full-time MBA: Wisconsin School of Business, MBA Program Office, 2450 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1323; 800-390-8043 or 608-262-4000; fax 608-265-4192; MBA@bus.wisc.edu; bus.wisc.edu/mba/

Evening and Executive MBA: Wisconsin School of Business, Enterprise MBA Programs, 2310 Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706, 608-263-1169; mbaenterprise@bus.wisc.edu; http://bus.wisc.edu/wisconsinmba

Ph.D. and M.S.: Wisconsin School of Business, PhD/MS Program Office, 3115 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1323; 608-262-3749; fax 608-890-0180; Ph.D.—PhD@bus.wisc.edu; bus.wisc.edu/phd/; M.S.—MS@bus.wisc.edu; bus.wisc.edu/degrees-programs/msmacc and bus.wisc.edu/phd.

M.Acc.: accountingdept@bus.wisc.edu; bus.wisc.edu/accounting/

Courses

Accounting and Information Systems
Actuarial Science
Finance, Investment and Banking
General Business
Information Systems
International Business
Management and Human Resources
Marketing
Operations and Technology Management
Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
Risk Management and Insurance
Transportation and Public Utilities