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January 12 | 2016
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     By nsspaz151 55 30
This review is for: Madison
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

Here are four somewhat disjointed thoughts on WSB for potential applicants:

WSB's greatest strength may just be its willingness to try. There was a significant emphasis on improvement and experimentation with students provide feedback and admins making further adjustments for the next classes.

The school has capacity for about 120 students per class but has been operating around 100 for several years. They are under compromising on perceived quality/readiness, but, like any program, do misjudge from time to time. With only ~99 classmates, WSB is not a program in which on can simply hide and go along for the ride.

If you're thinking about applying, think carefully about how closely you align with WSB on values (pretty broad as a public university).

Our financial outcomes are masked somewhat by the geography of our placement. $100k has more buying power in Minneapolis or Chicago than $120k in Boston or NYC.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Very strong faculty for core courses, Operations Research, Marketing, Strategy, Accounting, Negotiation, and perhaps more.

About job placement process

Remember: small program = smaller number of strong recruiting relationships. Check our recruiting companies list for higher likelihood employers against your desired firm or industry.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Financial Return

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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     By Funky Brewster 1 5
This review is for: Madison
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The Wisconsin School of Business was good, but not great.

It is an an awesome town; vibrant, decent restaurants, lots of outdoor activities and young professionals. (You just have to deal with the cold, but that is obvious).

The program is a great size, with a class of 100 - all of your professors know who you are, you know all of your classmates, plus some in the year above and below. You have a lot of opportunity to lead in extra curriculars, and you don't have to "compete" too much to get interviews on campus. The specializations are great for people who know what they want to do. The program offers a lot of opportunities to network in specific industries: Brand, Market Research, and Real Estate. There is a lot of alumni presence and good companies come to recruit.

It met my needs (found a great job from a company that recruited on campus), it exceeded my goals/ expectations and it is a great deal financially! I have much less debt than my MBA coworkers

I would suggest the program to applicants who 1. Know exactly what they want to do when they graduate (especially Marketing or Real Estate) 2. Want a smaller program

About professors, classes and curriculum

Unfortunately, the curriculum needs a face lift. Many of the classes used the same material as undergrad classes, cases weren't always current, and only a few professors were rock stars.

One great thing about the curriculum are the Applied Learning classes.

About job placement process

Look at companies that hired previous students. If a company is on the site, go to WsoB! You won't have to fight to get the interview or compete against hundreds of others!

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Value

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Real Estate

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support


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     By jeffreymgrabowski 1 5
This review is for: Madison
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The University of Wisconsin's Full Time MBA Program is by far the best bang for your buck. The cost of tuition at Wisconsin is a fraction of what you would pay at any other top school and you will still receive a great experience. In particular, the Real Estate MBA program offers the best education and network for anyone trying to get themselves into the commercial real estate industry. I was able to transition from a corporate finance career into the commercial real estate industry with ease and one of the biggest reasons why I was able to do that was because of the history of the program and the large real estate alumni network. The current curriculum and faculty is going through some change as other schools are starting up real estate programs to compete with Wisconsin. However, nothing will beat Wisconsin's Real Estate Alumni Association and new applicants should heavily factor this into their decisions because overall business school rankings will not factor this in.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Real Estate

Best fit at this program:

Real Estate

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Location


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