University of Wisconsin System Online Master of Business Administration

Why the University of Wisconsin System? 

The University of Wisconsin System recruits applicants for its online Master of Business Administration degree program. The program was created and is administered by staff from several universities in the University of Wisconsin system, a group of large and medium-sized public research universities with its headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.

Two and a half years of professional experience are a prerequisite for applicants. Submitting GMAT or GRE results is optional. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least  2.75.

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Wisconsin System
Location Madison
State Wisconsin Grade A+
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium
Credits 36
Cost per credit $833.00
Tuition for Entire Program $29,988.00
Test Requirements optional
Minimum GPA 2.75
Prerequisite Courses and Skills 2+ years of professional experience
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2.5-3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Essentials of Financial Analysis
  • Essentials of Economic and Statistical Analysis
  • Defining your Plan for Success: The MBA Mindset
  • Leading a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce
  • Making Informed Managerial Decisions
  • Developing New Products and Services
  • Competing Strategically in a Global Environment
  • Navigating Change amid Uncertainty
  • Refining your Plan for Success: Program Capstone
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Average class size of 25; follows guidelines for distance learning of WICHE Consortium for Educational Technologies; all faculty complete specialized pedagogical training; emphasis on leading diverse and inclusive organizations within the business curriculum 
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Lead a diverse and inclusive organization
  • Demonstrate a sense of social and ethical responsibility
  • Identify and evaluate market opportunity
  • Create and sustain competitive advantages
  • Communicate effectively in organizations
  • Use critical thinking and analytical reasoning to make informed business decisions
  • Create and maintain a dynamic vision for personal and professional development.
Program Description Through a curriculum requiring 36 credits, students learn leadership, ethics and social responsibility, market innovation, critical thinking and analytical reasoning across functional areas of business. The program does not require a practicum, but a capstone is included in the course sequence. Most students complete requirements in 2.5-3 years.


What will I Learn?

Successful degree holders will have the skills necessary to assume positions of leadership in organizations that are both diverse and welcoming. They will be able to spot and assess promising business possibilities, develop and maintain distinct advantages in the marketplace, and coordinate successfully inside their enterprises. They will be able to establish and sustain an inspiring plan for their own professional and personal growth via the use of critical thinking and analytical reasoning.

As a precursor to the core curriculum, students enroll in Essentials of Financial Analysis and Essentials of Economic and Statistical Analysis. Students with business backgrounds may choose to take a qualifying exam to be exempted from these courses, which can then be replaced with additional electives.

Students then begin structured thinking about their career goals and academic success in Defining your Plan for Success: The MBA Mindset.

The core courses comprise Leading a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce, Making Informed Managerial Decisions and Developing New Products and Services. Students are also required to take Competing Strategically in a Global Environment and Navigating Change amid Uncertainty.

All students take a capstone course entitled Refining your Plan for Success.

The remainder of required credits are earned through elective credits. Although electives allow students to explore special topics in depth, there are no specific concentration areas offered.

How much will the program cost?

The program costs $833.00 per credit, and 36 credits are required. The total cost of the degree is just under $29,988.00 for the entire degree. Most students take 2.5-3 years to finish their studies.

How does the program fit into my life?

Using a learning model known as asynchronous learning, this program does not include classes that meet on a weekly schedule. Rather, students complete coursework on their own schedule each week. These activities can include watching video lectures, completing assignments, meeting with group members or instructor, or practicing skills through other means. Participants are not required to come to campus in-person  at any point during the program unless they wish. Offering three starts per year, in Fall, Spring, and Summer, this program allows you to begin your studies at your convenience.

Students complete the program within 2.5-3 years. 


With an average class size of twenty-five, and faculty who receive specialized training in online education best practices, this innovative consortial online MBA offers personalized attention to every student. The program also stands out due to its state goal of training leaders for diverse and inclusive organizations. The cost to degree is modest, especially considering the prestige and high ranking of the University of Wisconsin system.