This is a named option within the Business: Operations and Technology Management, MBA.

Admission consideration for the MBA program requires a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent, in any discipline, from an accredited institution. The School of Business prefers a minimum of two years of professional work experience along with a strong undergraduate performance. In addition to academic credentials, a GMAT or GRE score, and work experience, personal achievements, motivation, communication skills (written and oral), and recommendation letters are all considered in the admission process at the Master's and doctoral levels.

Note: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must have been taken within five years prior to receiving an offer of admission.  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.

HOW TO APPLY

Students interested in Business degrees do not apply through the Graduate School application system and should instead refer to the School of Business Admissions page.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Learn about costs and financial assistance on the program website.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

Accelerated: Accelerated programs are offered at a fast pace that condenses the time to completion. Students are able to complete a program with minimal disruptions to careers and other commitments.

Evening/Weekend: ​Courses meet on the UW–Madison campus only in evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate typical business schedules.  Students have the advantages of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to keep work and other life commitments.

Face-to-Face: Courses typically meet during weekdays on the UW-Madison Campus.

Hybrid: These programs combine face-to-face and online learning formats.  Contact the program for more specific information.

Online: These programs are offered 100% online.  Some programs may require an on-campus orientation or residency experience, but the courses will be facilitated in an online format.

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 54 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 48 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (27 credits out of 54 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-search-enroll/).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires that students maintain a graduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for all graduate courses (excluding research) to receive a degree. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the first four weeks of the following semester. Students may be required to retake a course in which they receive a grade lower than a C.
Assessments and Examinations No required assessments or examinations beyond course requirements.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Core Courses
GEN BUS 704 Data to Decisions2
GEN BUS 710 Ethics, Integrity and Society1
GEN BUS 725 Consulting Practicum1
GEN BUS 750 Professional Experience in Business 11
ACCT I S 700 Financial Accounting2
FINANCE 700 Introduction to Financial Management2
M H R 706 Leading and Working in Teams1
M H R 723 Business Strategy2
MARKETNG 700 Marketing Management2
OTM 700 Operations Management2
OTM 732 Economics for Managers2
Required Specialization Courses
OTM 701 Product Management3
OTM 702 Digital Strategy2
OTM 752 Project Management2
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change3
Students also select nine credits from the following9
Machine Learning for Business Analytics
Role of Business in Society
Data Visualization for Business Analytics
Prescriptive Modeling and Optimization for Business Analytics
Experiments and Causal Methods for Business Insights
Negotiations
Strategic Management of Innovation
Entrepreneurial Management
Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship (WAVE)
Brand Strategy
Digital Marketing Analytics
Marketing in a Digital Age
Service Operations Management
Managing by Design
Electives 217
Total Credits54
1

Waivers for this requirement and the associated credit will be offered if students have one year or more of United States work experience, or are not seeking an internship for approved reasons, such as company-sponsored status, active military, starting their own business as a founder/owner, or have a medical or family hardship.  There may be other approvals on a case by case basis.  

2

Any 700+ level course offered by the School of Business (including departments: ACCT IS, ACT SCI, FINANCE, GEN BUS, INFO SYS, INTL BUS, M H R, MARKETNG, OTM , REAL EST, or R M I) can be used to complete the required elective credits.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-SPECIFIC POLICIES

PRIOR COURSEWORK

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program and department approval, up to 6 credits of graduate coursework completed two years prior to admission at an AACSB accredited institution, in which a grade of B or better was earned, may count toward the degree. 

UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

UW–Madison University Special

With program and department approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 600 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.  

PROBATION

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

TIME CONSTRAINTS

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.

OTHER

Students are expected to be enrolled full-time for all semesters.  Exceptions may be granted in the final semester. 

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