2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Master of Business Administration


Applicants for admission to the program must apply through the UWL Admissions Office. In order to be admitted in good standing, applicants must meet the university requirements including a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 (or 3.00 for the last half of undergraduate work) on a 4.00 scale and demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the MBA program. Performance on the GMAT and prior academic work will be used as indicators of ability. International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent and submit their scores for evaluation. Applicants who meet the minimum standards may be denied admission because of enrollment limitations. While not required, 3-4 years of work experience is preferred.

Satisfactory progress

A 3.00 GPA in courses counting toward the MBA is required for graduation. Students must be able to achieve this GPA in, at most, 36 credits or they will be dropped from the program. A student earning a "D" or "F" in a graduate level course, whether it has been taken on this campus or at another university, will be dropped from the program. A maximum of six credits of "C" may be applied to the MBA.

MBA course enrollment restriction policy

Enrollment in MBA courses is restricted to students in the MBA program, unless given special permission by the program director. Graduate students from other programs could be permitted to take, at most, six credits of 500/600/700 level MBA courses.


The MBA program has two phases for qualified applicants with foundation course deficiencies, the foundation phase and the MBA phase. Such applicants will be admitted to the program while they complete their remaining foundation course work. Students who are not required to complete foundation courses, or test out of foundation courses through alternate means, will be enrolled directly in the MBA phase.

Foundation Phase

Foundation courses
Select one of the following:2-6
Microeconomics and Public Policy
and Global Macroeconomics
Foundations of Microeconomics
and Foundations of Macroeconomics
Select one of the following:6
Accounting Principles I
and Accounting Principles II
Accounting for Business Decisions
and Accounting for Management Decisions
Additional foundation courses:
MKT 309Principles of Marketing2-3
or MKT 700 Marketing Principles
FIN 355Principles of Financial Management2-3
or FIN 701 Foundations of Managerial Finance
MGT 393Production and Operations Management2-3
or MGT 702 Operations Foundation
MGT 308Behavior and Theory in Organizations2-3
or MGT 703 Organizational Behavior
IS 220Information Systems for Business Management4
STAT 145Elementary Statistics2-4
or BUS 710 Statistical Analysis Foundations
Total Credits22-32

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all foundation courses completed pre- or post-baccalaureate. 700-level foundation courses are taught online.

Students completing foundation courses post-baccalaureate must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students who earn less than a "C" grade in any foundation course will be dropped from the program.

Internet courses are delivered in an accelerated format that may allow completion of the foundation program in one calendar year. Credit by exam (test out), or alternate means, is available for the foundation courses. Information should be obtained from the MBA Program Director.

MBA phase

Qualified applicants who have completed the foundation courses are admitted to the graduate degree requirement phase. Course requirements for the degree are listed below.

MBA requirements

BUS 730Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex Environments3
BUS 731Decision Making and Framing for Managing & Leading People in Organizations3
BUS 735Business Decision Making and Research Methodology4
BUS 750Business Law, Ethics, and Social Responsibility3
BUS 755Managing in a Changing Technological Environment3
BUS 760Managing in a Global Environment4
BUS 790MBA Program Assessment1
Electives 19
Total Credits30

Elective credits must be selected from course work approved by the MBA Program Director. Several options are available for students to complete the elective credit requirement. These options include:

  • MBA elective course work from UW-La Crosse or other institutions with the approval of the MBA Program Director.
  • Directed internship experience (maximum six credits)
  • Directed independent study (maximum three credits)
  • Research: master's thesis (maximum six credits)

All students must complete at least six elective credits at the 700 level.

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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