GSB moves to virtual instruction for first- and second-year students – incoming class has just 15 seats remaining

The 2021 session of the Graduate School of Banking will be held virtually for Freshman and Junior students, marking the first time ever that the prestigious 25-month leadership development program will be presented online. No decision has been made about the Senior class, but an announcement will be made no later than April 9.

Despite the change in delivery, GSB plans to keep to its normal schedule, with courses over full days, August 1-13, and a break over the middle weekend. Students will benefit from professional moderating services and a robust Learning Management System to ensure a quality experience. “We have made significant investments in technology and training to ensure our online delivery is as high quality as our in-person instruction,” said Becky Patterson, GSB’s vice president of education and professional development.

Tuition for first-and second-year students has been reduced for online delivery by more than 20% to $3,095. Scholarship values remain unchanged.

“GSB has been providing quality distance education for decades,” said Kirby Davidson, GSB president and CEO, pointing out the successful delivery of all of GSB’s specialty schools online last fall. “Those schools got top marks from students with good reason. Our faculty are the best in the business, and we’re looking forward to providing a terrific experience for our students, just as we have for more than 75 years,” added Davidson.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 session, demand for the school has been unprecedented – and with just 15 seats remaining, the incoming class is nearly sold out. Bankers interested in beginning this program, which leads to a diploma in bank management from GSB and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive Development, are encouraged to apply soon as space is extremely limited.

The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, which is sponsored by state banking associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. In addition to its flagship Graduate School of Banking, GSB offers specialty schools for Human Resource, Technology, Information Security, Sales, Marketing, Digital Banking and Finance leaders in banking—plus online seminars across all areas of bank management.

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