Business Schools in Wisconsin
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Wisconsin has nearly 60 schools with business programs, so students should be able to find a program that suits their needs. Majors are varied and degrees run from associate to doctorate. Many scholarships are available to business students. Many require students to agree to work for the scholarship sponsor upon graduation for a set period of time. Such is the case for recipients of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship.

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Business Degree Programs in Wisconsin

Listed below are all of the colleges and universities in Wisconsin that offer business degree programs. If you want to narrow it down a bit more, you can browse our listings of specific types of business degree programs in Wisconsin:

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State of Wisconsin's Marketing Industry

Wisconsin's economy traditionally rests on the strength of its manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare industries. The recession hit the manufacturing, trade and transportation sectors hard and the state is still recovering. Experts in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in 2012 predicted that the economy will grow to 2016, but more slowly than the rest of the nation.

The Badger State is reportedly also a tough place to do business - in the 2013 Forbes's "Best States for Business" list, it ranked 42nd in the nation for growth prospects. While nearby Indiana has turned its hand to modern manufacturing (e.g., medical devices), Wisconsin is still saddled with traditional sectors (e.g., paper and heavy machinery). When these struggle, so does the marketing industry.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is doing its best to turn the state around. It's offering tax incentives and low-cost loans to manufacturers and investing in "new economy" areas like biotechnology, aerospace, healthcare and water technology. If these stimuli work, marketers may have more to do.

Job Prospects for Wisconsin Marketing Graduates

Wisconsin marketing graduates shouldn't expect miracles. The state's employment growth is forecast to be the second lowest in the U.S. through 2016, according to Forbes in 2012.

Future openings for marketers fall below national averages, but are mostly in positive territory. From 2008-2018, the state's Department of Workforce Development predicts jobs for PR specialists will increase by 14%, marketing managers by 4% and market research analysts by 17%.

If Fortune 500 names like Northwestern Mutual, Kohl's and Harley-Davidson aren't hiring, recent graduates might want to take a look at Inc.'s annual Top 5000 list of America's fastest growing private companies. In 2012, many of the WI names on this list - Dynamic Recycling, Quincy Bioscience, RevolutionEHR - were geared towards the 21st century economy.

These new companies may be eager for your brains. Outside of Madison and Milwaukee, only around 26% of the population hold bachelor's degrees or better - putting the state in 25th place.

Wisconsin Schools for Marketing

There are 39 accredited marketing schools in Wisconsin, many of them in Madison and Milwaukee. Here are two to compare:

1. University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW) (http://bus.wisc.edu/knowledge-expertise/academic-departments/marketing)

UW's School of Business generally gets high marks - it was ranked #25 in "Best Business Schools" by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, and the undergraduate program is ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. The MBA program is ranked #4 in the world by the Financial Times.

The Department of Marketing offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (with a study-abroad option), three MBA options - marketing research, brand and product management, and supply chain management - and a doctorate. Each MBA specialty is supported by a specific Knowledge Center.

2. Marquette University (http://business.marquette.edu/departments/marketing)

Marquette is a private Jesuit university in Milwaukee. Students at the College of Business Administration can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major or minor in marketing or an MBA accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Marketing majors are invited to take part in full-semester internships with accounting firms and organizations. All business students have the opportunity to participate in a formal mentoring program.

Professional Marketing Organizations in Wisconsin

Marketers in America's Dairyland are an energetic bunch, and there are plenty of marketing organizations in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. In addition to organizing social events, they often post job openings and continuing education opportunities.

In 2012, small businesses represented 97.7 percent of all employers in Wisconsin, according to the Small Business Association (SBA). Because of this, aspiring business professionals in Wisconsin pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees in business administration, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources or other key areas often aim to specialize their education as they prepare to launch the next big startup.

The SBA found that in 2012, small businesses accounted for a majority of Wisconsin’s economic production and job creation. In fact, in 2012 more than 441,000 small businesses created 27,642 new jobs and employed more than 1.2 million workers, which translated to more than half of all private sector employees in the state.

In fact, the top fastest-growing companies in Wisconsin between 2010 and 2013 in terms of revenue were all small businesses in industries such as health, retail, computer software, business services, and manufacturing:

  • Restore Health in Madison – 6,663% growth to $6.8 million in revenue
  • Nordic Medical Record Consultants in Madison – 5,593% growth to $81.4 million in revenue
  • Product Cloud in Mequon – 3,543% growth to $5.3 million in revenue
  • Vantage Point in Kenosha – 2,234% growth to $5.4 million in revenue
  • EmbedTek in Hartland – 1,323% growth to $13.1 million in revenue

Although these businesses are small (employing fewer than 500 employees), they don’t think small. Business professionals that earn their MBA in international management, international finance, or international marketing serve in vital roles as managers and directors in Wisconsin’s small firms, where they reach out to gain access to international markets. In 2012, some 87.2 percent of all companies in Wisconsin that exported goods were small firms, which were able to generate 27.7 percent of Wisconsin’s total known export value that year.

How Earning a Business Degree Could Help you Secure a High Paying Job

While specializing your MBA in areas such as entrepreneurship and innovation will prepare you to create a small business, specializing in areas such as finance, marketing, information systems management, international management, and human resources will prepare you to fill vital roles in sales management, accounting, financial analysis, human resource management, international marketing and more.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics published the median to high salary range for a variety of corporate positions in Wisconsin in 2014:

  • Sales Managers - $112,790 - $183,000
  • General and Operations Managers - $104,270 - $130,840
  • Chief Executives - $160,670 - $166,000 
  • Financial Managers - $111,000 - $182,970
  • Human Resource Managers - $98,730 - $147,220
  • Marketing Managers - $110,950 - $173,150

University of Wisconsin

The full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Wisconsin is built on a philosophy of applied learning. Classroom theories are tied to practical business challenges; students interact with industry partners, a network of involved alumni and field experts in projects and challenges with real-world impact. For example, some candidates are involved in a student-managed investment fund with a portfolio topping $62 million, while others take part in a real estate investment program. The Wisconsin MBA is offered with 10 career specializations that combine the core curriculum with in-depth field expertise. This MBA program can also be completed through evening classes. The Executive MBA Program offers working professionals on an upper management track the ability to earn their degree while balancing a demanding work schedule. Graduates of all of these programs enjoy placement services with recruiters from top-tier firms for a fast start on your road to success.

Cardinal Stritch University

The MBA program at Cardinal Stritch blends classes in business theory with active learning opportunities. Case studies combined with minimal lectures allow degree candidates to learn by doing and to acquire skills relevant in any industry; it's beneficial for professionals in all sorts of businesses, including non-profits and in public and private companies. The degree is offered with a general management approach or with a concentration in health care management or global business. The degree is offered on campus as a traditional two-year program, as well as online. Distance learners follow the same curriculum and earn an identical degree as traditional students, and online classes are taught by the same faculty that teach on campus.

Mount Mary University

The Mount Mary MBA is an accelerated 36 credit hour degree program that focuses on leadership in a global environment. The program is designed for candidates who balance full-time jobs with their studies. Courses are offered in manageable eight-week terms with classes scheduled one night a week. Small class sizes and three-hour class session contribute to an intensive intellectual experience. The program is completed in an average of two and a half years; however, students taking more than one class each term can significantly reduce the duration of their studies. Although Mount Mary University is a women's school, this program is open to both men and women.

Edgewood College

The Edgewood MBA is tailored for working professionals. You have the option of pursuing your degree in person via evening classes or as a distance learner. The online program is taught by the same faculty as the on-campus program and you will be held to the same standards of performance. Both online and on campus, you will be part of a small class and you will be expected to actively participate. Courses are offered in a mix of eight-week and traditional semester formats, allowing you to pursue your degree at your own pace.

Marquette University

Marquette's MBA is one of the more rigorous programs in the country. Through classes designed for working professionals, students benefit from learning with a diverse group of colleagues from a variety of industries and backgrounds. Preparing candidates to excel in a complex and diverse world is a cornerstone of the program. While some of this course of study involves traditional classroom instruction, applied learning provides real-world experience in addressing business challenges. Classes are held on weekends and in the evenings in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Kohler. This part-time program is completed in an average of three to three and a half years. The Executive MBA option is targeted toward established managers; it is offered via a blend of Saturday on-campus classes and online coursework and can be completed in 17 months. Both programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Top MBA Programs in Wisconsin


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Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Advertising, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing
American Samoa Community College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Beloit College (Beloit, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
Bryant & Stratton College (Milwaukee, WI / Wauwatosa, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management
(some programs offered online)
Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Carthage College (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
Chippewa Valley Technical College (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing
College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration
DeVry University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Edgewood College (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Globe University (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Herzing University (Madison, WI / Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
ITT Technical Institute (Green Bay, WI / Greenfield, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
(some programs offered online)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (Hayward, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness
Lakeland College (Plymouth, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management
Lakeshore Technical College (Cleveland, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Real Estate
Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Real Estate
Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Marian University of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Marketing
Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Hospitality Management, Marketing, Real Estate
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing
Moraine Park Technical College (Fond du Lac, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Mount Mary College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Marketing
Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management
(some programs offered online)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Marketing
Northland College (Ashland, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Human Resources Management
Ottawa University (Brookfield, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Rasmussen College (Appleton, WI / Green Bay, WI / Wausau, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Ripon College (Ripon, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Saint Norbert College (De Pere, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing
Sanford-Brown College (West Allis, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Human Resources Management
University of Phoenix (Brookfield, WI / Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Real Estate
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls (River Falls, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Stevens Point, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Wisconsin-Superior (Superior, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Whitewater, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Waukesha County Technical College (Pewaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Western Technical College (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Shell Lake, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing

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