UW-Madison Business School drops plan to suspend full-time MBA program

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The UW-Madison Business School is no longer considering a plan to suspend its full-time MBA program for a year to give officials time to discuss possibly discontinuing the program.

The news comes after days of uncertainty following a report in the Wall Street Journal last week the school was mulling shuttering its MBA program in favor of adding more specialized degrees.

But Business School Dean Anne P. Massey said in a statement Wednesday that after hearing from students, alumni and others “we are going to stop further discussion of the one-year suspension of the full-time MBA.”

“It is clear we need broader consultation before taking action — you, our stakeholders, should and can expect that from us,” she said.

Under the plan, the program would have paused admissions for one year while officials undertook a long-term review of MBA offerings, including a review of “how the WSB graduate portfolio should evolve,” according to a description that was previously posted on the School of Business website.

Wednesday’s statement, though, did not mention whether more changes to the MBA program would be considered moving forward.

A Business School spokesman did not return multiple requests for comment on whether there’s still a plan in place to review the MBA program in future years or how the news could impact admissions numbers for the program this year.

The first-round application deadline for the MBA program is Nov. 15, with three application deadlines — in January, March and April — following it. The early decision deadline was Sept. 27, about three weeks before news got out the school was considering suspending the program.

See Massey’s statement:
https://bus.wisc.edu/knowledge-expertise/newsroom/program-portfolio-review 

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