International students with a three-year undergraduate degree from universities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and other non-Bologna Process countries often cannot enroll directly into a graduate degree program in the United States, where a four-year undergraduate degree is a prerequisite. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has developed a 30-credit Business Master's Bridge Certificate program to span this gap.
Students can now apply to the UW-Whitewater Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree programs through the Business Master's Bridge Certificate program.
- Prospective students will verify qualifications and admissions information by contacting Graduate Advising and then apply to the MBA or MPA program through the University of Wisconsin System.
- The School of Graduate Studies will provide qualified students with a letter of conditional admission that is contingent upon completion of the certificate program
- The student application will be forwarded to the Center for Global Education, which processes the admission of the student as a special undergraduate student.
- The Center for Global Education will provide the student with a letter of admission to the certificate program and an F-1 visa for one year.
Certificate Achievement and Graduate Studies Admission
- Completion of 30 units of UW-Whitewater coursework and a 2.5 UW-Whitewater cumulative GPA are required to earn the certificate.
- Students who complete the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and satisfy any additional program specific requirements will be admitted to the MBA or MPA program in good standing.
- Students who complete the certificate program with a cumulative GPA of between 2.5 and 2.74 and satisfy any additional program-specific requirements may be admitted on probation.
- The graduate advising office will notify the School of Graduate Studies upon completion of the program; the School of Graduate Studies will admit the student.
- The graduate advising office will also notify the Center for Global Education upon completion of the program; the Center for Global Education will change the graduate student’s visa status and time to degree.
Advising and Other Services
- Students will be advised primarily by the College of Business and Economics graduate advising office.
- Personalization and waivers of the common body of knowledge courses will be coordinated with the graduate student advisor.
- Enrollment in English Language Academy courses will be encouraged as needed to improve English academic proficiency.
- Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester to remain in good standing. They may be dismissed, pending appeal to the college Graduate Associate Dean, if they are not in good standing.
- A schedule of tuition and other expenses can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page under the topic “What is the cost of attendance at UW-Whitewater?”
For more information on the Business Master's Bridge Certificate program, contact:
College of Business and Economics Graduate Advising
Center for Global Education
Why Choose UW-Whitewater?
- International students can meet the requirements for Graduate program admission with 30 credits instead of the 60 credits needed to earn a second undergraduate major in the United States.
- Staff from the School for Graduate Studies, College of Business and Economics graduate advising office, and Center for Global Education will jointly support students in the certificate program.
- The university's English Language Academy helps students learn English as a Second Language both inside and outside of the classroom.
- The City of Whitewater is a safe, welcoming community that blends university life with small town character.
- AACSB is the most rigorous business school accreditation worldwide, and only 5% of business schools in the world earn this prestigious accreditation.