MBA Information and Answers to FAQS
Why a UW-Parkside MBA?
Because the MBA program provides opportunities found nowhere else, with the benefit of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, with less than one-third of U.S. business schools and less than 15% of business schools worldwide meeting the rigorous AACSB accreditation standards.
What Should I Expect?
The MBA program offered by the College of Business, Economics, and Computing educates students in general management competencies, while also preparing candidates for successful careers in administrative and entrepreneurial ventures. The program presumes that a manager must know:
- How to obtain and evaluate relevant information
- Approach tasks logically, systematically and in teams
- Analyze problems
- Arrive at reasonable generalizations
- Act to achieve concrete results
How Long Will It Take?
The program is typically completed in one and a half to four years depending on whether you completed undergraduate courses to meet some of the foundation requirements. To accommodate adults who are employed, MBA courses are offered:
- In the evenings (in an seven-week format)
- Online instruction is also available to students through the University of Wisconsin System MBA Consortium
MBA Consortium courses are taught by faculty from UW-Parkside, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Oshkosh, all of which are AACSB accredited.
About the MBA Program
The UW-Parkside MBA program is structured in three components: Foundation, Required Core Courses and Electives. Foundations may include demonstrated knowledge in fundamentals through examination or course work. Eight required courses make up the core of the MBA program. The elective courses are offered on a rotating basis, and each student's program must include a minimum of 16 credits of electives. For more information, please see the MBA Program Document.
Do I Qualify for the GMAT waiver?
A written request for a waiver will be evaluated by the MBA Director. This written request must accompany the application packet. Letters of recommendation, work history, evidence of quantitative skills, and professional certifications will be used by the committee in order to make the decision, as well as other circumstances:
- The applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA >= 3.2 and evidence of quantitative skills
- The applicant has completed an advanced degree (master's level or higher)
- The applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA >= 2.75 (or 2.90 in the last 60 credits) and has fulfilled at least 7 of the MBA foundation requirements with a GPA in those courses >= 3.2.
- The applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA >= 2.75 (or 2.90 in the last 60 credits) and has a qualifying professional certification.
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees considered above are assumed to be from regionally accredited institutions
- Evidence of quantitative skills means satisfactory performance in at least one course each in algebra and statistics as determined by the MBA Director
- Vendor or technical certifications (e.g., CISCO, Microsoft, A+) do not qualify. Certifications must be highly regarded and related to business management.
The committee may evaluate one or more criteria. Meeting one or more of the criteria does not automatically result in a waiver. The MBA Admissions Committee will look at all materials before approving any waiver.
What is the Admissions Criteria?
Students will be admitted to the MBA program if they meet one of the following criteria:
- GMAT score + [200*undergraduate GPA] >= 1000
- GMAT score + [200*last half of undergraduate GPA] >= 1000
The MBA Admissions Committee may evaluate applications not meeting either of these criteria, considering all materials submitted for admissions by the applicant.