College of Business and Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the list of frequently asked questions below. If your specific question is not answered here, contact us for more information.

Is there a difference between diplomas awarded for the online BBA and the traditional online undergraduate business program?
All online undergraduate business students receive identical diplomas stating that they are graduates of the business program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Both our online classes and traditional classes are held to the same high standard of quality. Students may complete their BBA attending only online courses, only traditional courses, or a combination of online and traditional courses.

How many credits are required to complete the degree?
At least 120.

How many courses can I take each semester?
You are able to take up to 18 credits during Fall and Spring terms and 12 credits during the Summer term without special permission if the courses you need are available. A load of 12 credits is considered a full load, and 15 credits is an average load. Check the Online Course Offerings document to view the tentative long-range plan for online course offerings.

How long does it take to complete a course?
Courses are currently structured to coincide (begin and end) with the campus's normal schedule. Courses are sixteen weeks during Fall and Spring semesters, three and six weeks for Summer Session, and three weeks for Winterim Session.

Is UW-Whitewater fully accredited?
Yes, College of Business and Economics graduate and undergraduate degrees are accredited by AACSB International.

What is AACSB International?
AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International also is the professional organization for business education.

What degrees from the College of Business & Economics can I earn entirely online?
The array of online options is continually expanding. Please visit Online BBA Majors for a current list of majors that can be completed online.

Can I take an online course from UW-Whitewater if I am enrolled in a program at another school?
Yes, you can apply to UW-Whitewater as a special student (no credentials). You will need to submit verification of your standing and grade point average from your school. You must also send verification from your program adviser that the course(s) will satisfy requirements in your degree.

Can I combine online courses with traditional on-campus courses?
Yes. You can take courses completely online, online and on-campus, or strictly on-campus in nearly limitless combinations. Please note that online BBA courses are charged separate tuition from traditional face-to-face classes. The online BBA course tuition is not included in the 12-credit fixed tuition cost for traditional classes.


What are the grade point average requirements for admission to the College of Business and Economics?
Please review Admission information for the College of Business and Economics. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, contact or the Assistant Dean for guidance (262) 472-4900.

What are the grade point average requirements to transfer to the College of Business and Economics at UW-Whitewater?

Please review Admission information for the College of Business and Economics. You are also encouraged to contact the Online BBA Program Coordinator before applying for admission and paying the application fee. The program coordinator can review your previous credits for potential transfer credits and provide guidance.

What are the grade point average requirements to progress through the program?
The College of Business and Economics uses your combined grade point average to determine eligibility for courses, admission to the College, and graduation. Combined grade point average means that we use the grades you earned on transfer courses in combination with your UW-Whitewater GPA. However, if at some point you earned low grades and then had a five-year gap in your education, the combined grade point average starts over after the gap. The specific grade point average requirements are:

  • 2.50 combined overall GPA to register for any business course
  • 2.80 combined overall GPA for admission to upper division business courses
  • At graduation:
    • 2.50 overall GPA
    • 2.50 in all business courses
    • 2.50 in the major

Is the TOEFL test score required?
Please review the university's requirements for international students, including English language scores, in International Admissions.

Can a person pass out of any course or skip courses due to years of experience?
UW-Whitewater does not give credit for life experience. If you have acquired the knowledge of a course, you can attempt to earn credit by examination.

Is the online BBA open for international persons?
Yes, UW-Whitewater online BBA classes can be taken from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer that meets the minimum technical requirements. Please review the university's International Admission requirements for more information.

What is the major principle of instruction?
Internet, multi-media lectures, and textbook.

Do I have to log into the course at a specific time?
No, the classes are completely asynchronous at this time, so there is no mandatory time to log on. Instructors may have deadlines to complete assignments, but not a time when you have to log on to talk with them.

Are any visits to campus required?
There is no required visit to campus. All courses can be completed entirely online.

If I have difficulties, will I be able to ask the professor questions?
Students can readily connect with faculty by phone, email or web conferencing.

How are exams administered? Do I need a proctor?
Exams are administered online. Some courses may require a proctor or other monitoring.

What degree will I receive after completion of the online BBA?
After completion of the program, you will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This is the exact same degree that our on-campus students receive.

What is the cost of course materials for the online courses?
Textbook rental costs are included as part of the tuition and fees.

What courses are available online?
Please see the Online Course Offerings document for a listing of courses.

Is the same application used for the online Undergraduate Business program as is used for the regular program?
Yes, there is one application form for all undergraduate programs at UW-Whitewater. See Application Information for details.

Can I apply online?
UW-Whitewater accepts the online application shared by the entire UW System. Please view Application Information or go to the external application at

Is there an application fee?
Most students must pay a non-refundable application fee. The current fee can be found on the Admissions page. The fee is not required if your last institution attended was a two-year UW College (freshman/sophomore) campus, or if you are applying at a UW System institution that you have previously attended as a degree-seeking student. The fee is required if you are transferring between four-year UW campuses. The fee is valid for one year (two semesters and a summer session).

What are the modes of payment?
Check, money order, or credit card.

What is the application deadline?
UW-Whitewater uses a "rolling" admission. Students may begin in fall, spring, or summer. The fall semester begins in early September, the spring semester begins around mid-January, and the summer term begins in late May. Your application should be submitted at least two months in advance of your intended start date.

What are the computer requirements needed to be able to work with the online undergraduate courses?
To access the online BBA courses and lecture content, you need a computer with an internet connection and web browser. For video content, Adobe Flash Player 9 or above is required. More detailed specifications follow.

Minimum Computer Requirements:

  • Windows or Macintosh OS X-based computer (Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
  • Internet connection, broadband preferred
  • Firefox 1.5
  • Adobe Flash 9

Additional software requirements may apply in some courses

Who do I contact if I have technical questions?
Please contact the College of Business & Economics Online Education Helpdesk with any technical questions.
Phone: 262-472-4981

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