Our 2023 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Wisconsin. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Top Online MBA Programs in Wisconsin - 2023 College Rankings
1University of Wisconsin MBA ConsortiumEau Claire
2Marquette UniversityMilwaukee
3University of Wisconsin, WhitewaterWhitewater
1. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium is a partnership between three AACSB accredited business schools within the UW System. Partners include UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, and UW Oshkosh. This is the only offering among UW’s peer consortial programs to grant the degree from the MBA Consortium Program rather than from one of the partner schools. Consisting of 36 credit hours, the program can be completed 100% online in 2.5 to three years.

The UW MBA Consortium attracts students from more than 35 states, with an average 12 years of professional work experience. The program also attracts active military members and Veterans, thanks to its standing as one of the nation’s top Online MBAs for Veterans.

Other program features include small class sizes; the option to add a 12-credit Certificate in Healthcare Management; collaborative projects with peers; access to trained advising experts and career coaches; and one-on-one support.

In addition to the option to enroll in the General Management or the Healthcare Management MBA, electives that allow students to focus in one or more specific areas without officially declaring an emphasis/concentration. Elective examples include Communicating for Success: Writing for Results; Sustainability and Organizational Management; Managing Technology in Turbulent Times; Selling Ideas at Work; Strategies and Tactics of Pricing; Corporate Venturing; and Quantitative Business Analysis.

The UW MBA Consortium Program culminates with the MBA Program Capstone course. This one credit hour course consists of a final project, polishing resumes, personal branding, and establishing a professional network. Total length of the course is seven weeks.

Graduates of the UW MBA Consortium are prepared for advancement opportunities in their current careers or leadership positions across industries. Organizations where graduates work include Amazon, AT&T, Boeing, FedEx, GE, IBM, John Deere, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Verizon Wireless, Wells Fargo, and many more. 

The University of Wisconsin System consists of 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension. Serving approximately 161,000 students, the UW System was established in a 1971 merger combining all of the state's public colleges and universities into a single entity. Today, the UW System is one of the nation’s largest systems of public higher education. Through statewide extension and outreach programs, the UW System also serves more than one million citizens. The University of Wisconsin System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

2. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marquette University

Marquette University (Marquette or MU) is home to the AACSB-accredited Graduate School of Management, which has an Online MBA with zero on-campus or in-person requirements. Courses for the program are taught by the same faculty as MU’s on-campus program and GMAT/GRE waivers are available.

Program features include 12 credit hour specializations in Health Systems Management or Finance; collaborative projects; elective courses in five business concentrations (total 15 credit hours); and dedicated Student Success Coordinators. Students can select electives in Information Systems, Leadership and Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, or Human Resources. Elective examples include FinTech: Foundation & Applications, Human Capital Strategy, Corporate Advocacy, Global Marketing Strategy, and Character-Driven Leadership.

Students in the Online MBA Program at Marquette University will interact with peers, view lectures, and complete assignments on MU’s learning management system, D2L. Courses for the program are seven or eight weeks and include titles such as Concepts for Ethical Business Practice, Leading Innovation and Creativity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leading People and Change, Enterprise Risk Management, and Leadership Coaching and Development.

With three start dates annually, the Online MBA program at Marquette University can be completed in as few as two years. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in areas such as Business Intelligence, Purchasing, Higher Education, Health and Medical Services, Consulting, Business Operations, Fashion Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Finance, Sports Management, and Marketing.

Program alumni have been hired at places such as Uline, Northwestern Mutual, Aldi, Baird, and Direct Supply.

Named after Reverend Jacques Marquette, S.J., Marquette University opened on August 28, 1881 as a small liberal arts college for men. Today, this Catholic Jesuit university welcomes all genders. Serving approximately 10,750 students, MU provides more than 250 programs are provided across is 12 colleges and schools. Marquette University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

3. University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) is home to the state’s largest AACSB-accredited business school. Created in 1964 as the School of Business and Economics, The College of Business and Economics (CBE) also houses one of the few Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programs in the nation, and it is the only business school in Wisconsin approved to offer this applied business degree.

In addition to the DBA, the UW-Whitewater CBE houses 15 bachelor’s degree programs, nine master’s degree programs, and more than a dozen graduate certificate programs. Among CBE’s graduate  programs is the UW-Whitewater MBA. With both on-campus and online options, the program allows students to customize their degree with 12 emphasis areas.

In addition, if a student would like to focus in an area outside of the available emphasis areas, they can customize their own from graduate-level courses, courses from the emphasis areas, and more than 50 electives. Emphasis areas include Cybersecurity Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Supply Chain Management, Data Analytics, International Business, Project Management, Management, Marketing, and Accounting.

Graduates of the MBA Program at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater enjoy a perfect 100% job placement rate. Program alumni have been hired by some of the nation’s top corporations, financial institutions, and organizations. Examples include HP, Thermo Fischer Scientific, Mayo Clinic, Nestle, Amazon, KPMG, American Family Insurance, Burberry, UnitedHealth Group, Cargill, Oshkosh Corporation, Bose Corporation, Kraft-Heinz, Caterpillar,  Bank of America, EY, Allstate Insurance, Kohler, 3M, US Cellular, BMO Harris Bank, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Founded in 1868 as Whitewater Normal School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is the first university in the state to earn Level II arboretum accreditation by ArbNet—the Interactive Community of Arboreta. Serving approximately 11,090 students at the Whitewater and Rock County campuses, the school provides more than 200 programs across six colleges and schools. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).