For the fifth year in a row, Concordia University Wisconsin has topped the Milwaukee Business Journal’s List of largest Milwaukee-area MBA programs.

The media outlet utilized fall 2016 data to compile The List and included schools that are within a 100-mile radius of Milwaukee, including University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lakeland University.

With its total fall enrollment of 857, Concordia’s Global MBA program beat out second-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and third-ranked University of Wisconsin-Madison: School of Business by well over 300 students.

“We take great pride in the offerings we provide at Concordia and take seriously the responsibility we have to serve and prepare such a large population of globally minded learners,” says Dr. Carrie Buri, director of MBA programs at Concordia. “As we seek to continue to grow our program, we do so with the focus of student success always at the forefront.”

Concordia’s MBA program offers four flexible ways for students to complete their Master of Business Administration degree: on campus, at center locations throughout Wisconsin and in St. Louis, online, or internationally in China or Austria.

The variety of learning formats paired with flexible scheduling options for students play a large role in Concordia’s continual success, says Buri. The accelerated structure also allows most students to complete the program in two years or less.

Furthermore, Concordia’s program attracts hundreds of international graduates, and regularly welcomes international visiting professors and lecturers. The result is that students receive an infusion of real-world, global experiences in the classroom that will set them up for future success in any context.

Concordia also offers numerous concentrations that give students the opportunity to cater their educational experience to fit their interests and desired career pursuits. Concentrations include: corporate communications, finance, sustainable management and analytics, health care administration, human resource management, international business, management, management information systems, innovation and entrepreneurship, non-profit management, marketing, public administration, risk management, sports and entertainment business, and accounting.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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