MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.
Applicants who have clear objectives for their post-MBA career may find that choosing a business school curriculum with focused career specializations can be beneficial. The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a uniquely applied learning experience for ten areas of specialization:
- Arts administration
- Brand and product management
- Corporate finance and investment banking
- Investment research and portfolio management
- Marketing research
- Operations and technology management
- Real estate
- Risk management and insurance
- Strategic human resource management
- Supply chain management
Immersive engagement begins early in the program, simultaneously with first-year core courses. For example, during their first semester, student teams work to perform an integrated company analysis of a publicly traded company of their choosing. By the time students break out into courses within their designated focus, they are ready to gain hands-on experience through applied projects. Investment research and portfolio management students, for example, practice managing a portfolio with more than $50M in assets, while many other areas of specialization involve partnering with businesses and organizations.