MBA Opportunities for GSB Graduates

One of the ways that successful community banks are meeting today’s challenges is to assure that they attract, retain, and develop knowledgeable managers and future leaders. Professional development through executive education is an essential strategic tool in retention and personal growth.

Recognizing the appeal and value of an MBA, the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has joined with leading graduate business schools to offer a combined accredited MBA program. The course of study combines GSB’s Graduate School of Banking program with the MBA program of either the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management (UMass) or the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). MBA options are offered on-line and boast unique advantages over traditional classroom-only programs. GSB graduates will receive advanced standing in either of these outstanding MBA programs.


This unique MBA program is a two-part curriculum.

PART ONE – The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The first component of the program involves completion of the GSB Graduate School program. This program, which focuses on bank management, consists of three resident sessions coupled with intersession assignments. Each resident session uses case studies, group projects and discussions, and computer simulations to expand class lectures and readings. Intersession assignments apply the learning to one’s own bank.

Detailed information on the GSB Graduate School of Banking program can be found by clicking here. You may also view a short video overview here

PART TWO – Choose the MBA program that’s right for you

The second half of the program is specially designed to complement the banking school experience. Qualified GSB graduates are given advanced standing in the programs listed below. Each of these programs has distinctive qualities and high accessibility. And, by providing credit for work done at the Graduate School of Banking, they reduce the time required to earn an MBA. Two MBA options are currently available to GSB graduates:

University of Massachusetts—Amherst Online MBA in Financial Services Management

For nearly four decades, the nationally acclaimed MBA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management has helped prepare outstanding business professionals. The program is accredited at the highest standards by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and has been named one of the “Best Part-Time MBA Programs” by BusinessWeek. And, Financial Times recently named tranked the Isenberg Online MBA Program #1 in the nation and #3 in the world. Click to view a page outlining special benefits for GSB grads.

For more information, please contact:
Online MBA in Financial Service Management
Graduate Programs Office
305 Isenberg School of Management
University of Massachusetts
121 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Attn: MaryBeth Kimball
Phone: 413-545-5626
Financial Aid: Contact the UMass Graduate Financial Aid Office at (413) 577-0555

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration

The MBA@Nebraska is a robust 48 credit hour program (39 for GSB graduates) with multiple specialization options. Nebraska offers five 8-week terms each year, providing the flexibility that busy professionals need to complete their degree and balance their demanding lives. Students with an average of 8 years of work experience join the program from all across the country and the world, providing a rich peer-to-peer learning environment.

Engage with Nebraska’s Big Ten business faculty through relevant online classes, access our leading career center and prepare to move your career forward. For more information, please visit our website at

For more information, please contact:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
College of Business 201
730 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
Phone: 402-472-5321