University of Wisconsin Review

By Henry R. Steele - October 16, 2017
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The University of Wisconsin is a public university that was established in 1848. It has been ranked the #46th best national university in the 2018 edition of US News and World Report Best Colleges. The School of Business currently is ranked #34 by US News.

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Online MBA program is highly ranked in the US

The University of Wisconsin offers an online MBA that is ranked among the top five percent of all online MBAs in the US. The program also is tied at #7 in best online MBA programs for veterans.

This online MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business is the top online option available in the area that includes WI, MN, MI, IL, OH and IA.

The online MBA program includes MBA programs at at four regional campuses located throughout Wisconsin.

Leadership Catalyst program offers students advanced leadership skills

The Leadership Catalyst program through this MBA program invites you to carefully explore the meaning of leadership and to hone new skills in team, individual and organizational leadership. The heart of the Leadership Catalyst is several workshops and seminars that are delivered over two week-long session in year one of the MBA program. This unique approach weaves career, leadership and communication topics into your program. This leadership program complements your curriculum and provides you with the advanced skills that you need to be a strong leader in your career.

Some of the most popular seminar and workshop topics include these:

  • Cultural dexterity development
  • Building a strong career plan
  • How to master matrix leadership
  • Developing strong negotiation skills
  • How to develop strong emotional intelligence
  • Using and building alumni networks
  • Future trends and innovation in entrepreneurship

MBA program offers unusual career specializations

Most MBA programs offer various specializations, but the University of Wisconsin offers highly specialized disciplines within its MBA program that make it stand out. These specializations include:

  • Market Research
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Arts Administration
  • Applied Security Analysis
  • Brand and Product Management

One of the most popular and in demand is the applied security analysis speciality. This one is popular for professionals who want to work in investment research and portfolio management. This specialty is often chosen at the University of Wisconsin because the university is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program partner school. With support from security and and investment analysis practitioners at the university’s Hawk Center for Investment Analysis, you have the chance to manage in excess of $50 million in assets using the identical tools that you will use in your work.

University of Wisconsin MBA is accredited by AACSB

The University of Wisconsin MBA programs are fully accredited by AACSB International, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB was first established in 1916, and its seal of approval on a program and business school ensures that the degree is of high value. This will be of great importance when you are looking for work, especially if the degree was earned online.

Online MBA program is highly selective

US News and World Report notes that the program rates 83 out of 100 for admissions selectivity, and is ranked as the 10th most selective online MBA program for 2018. This tends to indicate that the program is of very high quality and only admits the best candidates.

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GMAT or GRE scores are required

GMAT or GRE scores are still required for students who apply to this online MBA program. Some schools no longer require standardized test scores as they believe that high scores on these tests do not necessarily assure a high level of performance in graduate school.

Want an MBA Online without the GMAT? See 10 Online MBA’s without the GMAT

However, there is a GMAT and GRE waiver for students with 15 or more years of experience, or those who already have master’s degrees and/or certifications in other fields. Note that requesting a waiver or meeting the minimum standards for one does not assure that the waiver will be granted. Waivers only are granted if all other admission requirements are met.

Mediocre peer assessment score – US News and World Report

One of the critical areas that US News and World Report judges in its rankings is peer assessment. This is ranking from 1-5 of how well the MBA program is thought of by its peers. The ranking for the online MBA at the University of Wisconsin is only 2.5.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1885
  • University type: Public
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $50
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Student-faculty ratio: 20:1

Tuition Rates

Business Degrees

  • Full time, executive, online and evening MBA

MBA Specializations

MBA Class Profile

  • Average work experience: 9 years
  • Average age: 32
  • 20% of students have a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Students come from 39 different states
  • Average GPA upon entry is 3.3
  • Average GMAT is 551
  • 45% of students are female
  • 10% are veterans or active military
  • Total enrollment currently is 268

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • The overall graduation rate for this university is an excellent 83%.
  • The university reports that 95% of freshmen return to enroll the next year.
  • Only 15% of all students failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time.

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 34
  • Best value schools: 99
  • Online MBA: 12
  • Part time MBA: 30
  • High school counselor rankings: 22
  • Most innovative schools: 12
  • Top public schools: 7
  • Management information systems: 6
  • Production and operation management: 11
  • Quantitative analysis: 6


Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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Henry is Managing Editor of He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.Follow on

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