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College of Business Administration

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The College offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). Other programs include 12 to 15 graduate assistantships. The strongest area of study is general management. The most popular courses are Re-engineering, Planning for Management in the Future, Organizational Reward Systems, and E-Business.

Thirty to 33 total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Personal and Professional Development * Financial Management * Operations and Process Management * Cost Management
  • International Business
  • Information Systems in Organizations
  • Organizational Leadership and Change
  • Resource Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Environments: Law, Regulation, and Ethics
  • 2 to 4 electives

Required courses for the MSIS include:

  • Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Project Execution and Control
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Organizational Leadership and Change
  • Business Environments: Law, Regulation and Ethics * Systems Engineering Management * Business Intelligence * IT Infrastructure Management * Information Resource Management, Strategy, and Policy * The Chief Information Officer

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 1/2 years; maximum, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 1/2 years; maximum, 7 years.

In a recent year, there were 40 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 18; average business class size is 22.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are work experience, GMAT results, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

120 students were accepted for a recent class, 60 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 540. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $45. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; December 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified within 2 weeks after application portfolio is received of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June 30. Once accepted, students may defer admission to any time after admission.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include grants that can provide up to full tuition and living expenses. The FAFSA is required. The application deadlines are open.

Tuition for in-state residents is $6698 per year. Nonresidents pay $19,018 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5450; books and supplies, $800; personal expenses, $3070, for an estimated annual total of $16,018 for in-state residents and $28,338 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in single rooms in residence halls. There is no on-campus family housing.


Six percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 90% had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Wisconsin (97%). Forty percent were women, 2% were minorities, and 3% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 30; ages ranged from 21 to 54. Three percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 2% already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 18%, engineering; 15%, liberal arts; 8%, social sciences; 7%, math and science; and 2%, economics. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 60% remain to receive their degree.

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