University of Wisconsin–Madison


The Finance@UW program is tailored specifically for professionals in the dynamic world of finance at UW-Madison! Staying ahead of the curve and managing the intricacies of institutional finance is essential as operational responsibilities broaden in the coming years. Our program is designed with finance professionals in mind, offering a comprehensive curriculum that equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in finance at UW-Madison.

Our focus is on the “What and Why” of institutional financial operations and strategy, not the technology.

Upcoming Cohorts

All cohorts are in-person and are held from 9am-12pm at the Pyle Center. Attendance at each session is expected within the month-long cohort.

  • October 2024

    Thursdays, October 3-24
  • October/November 2024

    Thursdays, October 31-November 21
  • January/February 2025
    Virtual Cohort

    Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 (9am-12pm)

Stay tuned for dates in 2025!

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Geared toward your finance career needs at UW

This program is carefully crafted to cover critical topics geared toward your finance career needs at UW. Here’s a glimpse of just some of what you can expect to explore in the core learning modules:

Principles of Institutional Finances

Explore the intricate world of finance through a holistic perspective of institutional finance, that will align your role with the Wisconsin Idea, and introduce revenue sources and budget models. 


Strengthen your accounting skills with this interactive module. Dive into fundamentals and prepare yourself to handle accrual methodologies in the Workday environment. Connect work to sound practices and interpret financial data collaboratively in engaging discussions and exercises.


Gain insights into the strategies and techniques employed in managing revenue effectively. Obtain exposure to the deeper complexities of institutional revenue sources, explore expansion options, and analyze live financial data across campus.


Strategize using different budget models, gain a comprehensive view of the budget proposal process from multiple angles, and engage in practical exercises with a live budget proposal. 

Program Requirements

Completion of all four core finance learning modules during the assigned cohort (attendance at all four sessions is expected).

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