MBA Degree Requirements

**For those admitted before Fall 2013**

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The MBA requirements will be changing as of Fall 2013.  To view the items that will be changing click here.

Common Body of Knowledge/Foundation (0-15 credits)

As you enter the MBA program, an advisor will review your transcripts to determine what courses may be required for you to complete the MBA.  If you did not have an undergraduate degree in business, or if your business degree requirements differed from college requirements, you may need to take some or all of these Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses as foundations or prerequisites for the more advanced courses in the MBA.  You may take these courses at the graduate or undergraduate level to complete requirements.

Undergraduate Preparation

  • ACCOUNT-244 Intro to Financial Accounting(*1)
  • ECON-202 Macro Economics and
  • ECON-201 Micro Economics(*2)
  • ECON-245 Business Statistics(*3)
  • FNBSLW-341 Business Law(*4)
  • FNBSLW-344 Business Finance(*5)
  • MANGEMNT-306 Operations Management(*6)
  • MARKETNG-311 Marketing Principles(*7)

Graduate Equivalent

  • ACCOUNT-701 Accounting Foundations
  • ECON-704 Economics Foundations
  • ECON-703 Statistics Foundations
  • FNBSLW-721 Legal Environment of Bus
  • FNBSLW-718 Financial Management
  • MANGEMENT-719 Operations Management
  • MARKETNG-716 Marketing


* Notes:

  • If you completed Intro to Financial Accounting or an equivalent financial accounting course with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Accounting Foundations (CBK)
  • If you completed Macroeconomics AND Microeconomics with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Economics Foundations (CBK)
  • If you completed Business Statistics or an equivalent introductory statistics course with a grade of at least a B, you do not take Statistics Foundations (CBK)
  • If you completed Business Law or an equivalent business law course with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Legal Environment of Business (CBK)
  • If you completed Business Finance or an equivalent introductory finance course with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Financial Management (CBK)
  • If you completed Operations Management or an equivalent operations course with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Operations Management (CBK)
  • If you completed Marketing Principles or an equivalent introductory marketing course with a grade of at least a C, you do not take Marketing (CBK)

The required Breadth credits count toward the minimum 36 credits needed for the MBA. A required Breadth class will not be required if an equivalent undergraduate course has been completed with at least a C grade. If a student has had an organizational behavior class, then they will take Building Effective Organizations.

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) credits are added to the minimum 36 credits required for the MBA at UW-Whitewater.  Note that the graduate and undergraduate equivalent courses may carry different credit loads.  Most of the graduate courses are more accelerated and carry two credits while undergraduate equivalents carry three credits.

If you enroll in both graduate and undergraduate courses in the same semester, you will be required to pay graduate tuition for all of your credits.  If you take only undergraduate courses in a semester, you will pay undergraduate tuition. 

PART 1: BREADTH REQUIREMENT (0-12 credits)

The required Breadth credits count toward the minimum 36 credits needed for the MBA. A required Breadth class will not be required if you completed an equivalent undergraduate course with at least a C grade. If you completed an organizational behavior class, then you will take Building Effective Organizations.
Advisors will assist you in determining which courses are required.  In cases where “or” is listed, you may choose between or among courses.

  • MARKETNG-731 ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS
  • ACCOUNT-725 PROFIT PLANNING & CONTROL
  • ITBE-740 BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
  • ECON-736 BUSINESS CONDITIONS ANALYSIS or,
  • ECON-737 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
  • MANGEMNT-721 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR or
  • MANGEMNT-745 BUILDING EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS
  • MANGEMNT-759 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY BUSINESS or
  • MARKETNG-766 ETHICS IN THE MARKETPLACE

PART 2: GLOBAL MANAGEMENT (3-6 credits)

  • ECON-758 ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
  • FNBSLW-755 MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
  • MANGEMNT-763 GLOBAL OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • MANGEMNT-777 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
  • MARKETNG-761 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (MARKETING)
  • MARKETING-772 INTERNET MARKETING

PART 3: MANAGING TECHNOLOGY (3-6 credits)

  • ITBE-734 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTM or
    ITBE-775 BUSINESS TELECOMMUNCATIONS
  • MANGEMNT-738 MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY or
    MANGEMNT-753 TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT or
    MANGEMNT-762 PROJECT MANAGEMENT & ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING or
    MANGEMNT-769 QUALITY ISSUES IN OPERATIONS
  • MARKETNG-745 TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT or
    MARKETNG-770 PRODUCT INNOVATION AND PRICING or
    MARKETNG-772 INTERNET MARKETING or
    MARKETNG-775 DATABASE MARKETING
  • MCS-785 PROJECT MANAGEMENT: METHODOLOGIES, TECHNIQUES, AND TOOLS

As you complete Parts 2 and 3 of the MBA, you will be required to take one course from the global management module and one course from the technology module for a total of six credits.  Then you will complete a third course of your choice from either module.  The third course should not be from the same department as the first course you chose in that module.  For example, if you chose a management course in the global management module, you may not choose a second management course in that module to complete the 9-credit requirement for these two modules. Global or technology courses taken to satisfy these module requirements may also satisfy an emphasis requirement but will only count as 3 credits toward the minimum 36 credits needed for the MBA.

PART 4: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (8 credits)

  • MANGEMNT-788 STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING (2 credits)

This course must be taken in the last semester or the final twelve credits of your program. 

You will then choose six (6) additional credits (two courses) from the following list.  You should take these courses after you have completed the common body of knowledge (CBK) and breadth requirements.

  • FNBSLW-770 CAPITAL BUDGETING
  • MANGEMNT-760 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES or
    MANGEMNT-768 OPERATIONS STRATEGY or
    MANGEMNT-771 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
  • MARKETNG-751 BUYER BEHAVIOR or
    MARKETING-765 ADVERTISING & PROMOTION MANAGEMENT or
  • MARKETING-767 STRATEGIC MARKETING FOR ENTREPRENEURS or
    MARKETNG-774 STRATEGIC MARKET PLANNING or
    MARKETNG-775 DATABASE MARKETING
  • MCS-740 INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY & POLICY

PART 5: ELECTIVE AREA (0-9 credits)

PART 6: EMPHASIS (9-12 credits)

All MBA students must complete at least one emphasis from these seven choices.

Finance Emphasis

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • FNBSLW-739 FINANCIAL PLANNING PROCESS
  • FNBSLW-750 REAL ESTATE FINANCE & INVESTMENT
  • FNBSLW-755 MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
  • FNBSLW-760 FINANCIAL MARKETS
  • FNBSLW-770 CAPITAL BUDGETING
  • FNBSLW-780 PORTFOLIO THEORY AND PRACTICE

Human Resource Management Emphasis

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • MANGEMNT-751 STAFFING AND EVALUATION
  • MANGEMNT-752 CURRENT ISSUES IN COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
  • MANGEMNT-753 TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
  • MANGEMNT-758 MANAGEMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS
  • MANGEMNT-760 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

International Business Emphasis

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • ECON-758 ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
  • FNBSLW-755 MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
  • MANGEMNT-763 GLOBAL OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • MANGEMNT-777 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
  • MARKETNG-761 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (MARKETNG)
  • MARKETNG-772 INTERNET MARKETING

Management Emphasis

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • MANGEMNT-738 MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
  • MANGEMNT-766 ENTREPRENEURSHIP-VENTURE INITIATION
  • MANGEMNT-770 ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN
  • MANGEMNT-771 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
  • MANGEMNT-777 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Marketing Emphasis

For the marketing emphasis, you will complete one required course and then select 9 additional credits, for a total of 12 credits.

  • Required: MARKETNG-733 SEMINAR IN METHODS OF BUSINESS RESEARCH

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • MARKETNG-745 TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT
  • MARKETNG-751 BUYER BEHAVIOR
  • MARKETNG-761 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (MARKETING)
  • MARKETNG-765 ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION MANAGEMENT
  • MARKETING-767 STRATEGIC MARKETING FOR ENTREPRENEURS
  • MARKETNG-770 PRODUCT INNOVATION AND PRICING
  • MARKETNG-772 INTERNET MARKETING
  • MARKETNG-774 STRATEGIC MARKETING PLANNING
  • MARKETNG-775 DATABASE MARKETING
  • MARKETNG-780 SEMINAR IN CURRENT MARKET TOPICS

Operations and Supply Chain Management Emphasis

SELECT 9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • MANGEMNT-761 SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEMS
  • MANGEMNT-762 PROJECT MANAGEMENT & ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
  • MANGEMNT-763 GLOBAL OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • MANGEMNT-768 GLOBAL OPERATIONS STRATEGY
  • MANGEMNT-769 QUALITY ISSUES & OPERATIONS

Information Technology Management Emphasis

    • MCS-740 INFO SYSTEMS STRATEGY AND POLICY
    • MCS-785 INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT

SELECT SIX CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  • MCS-725 E-BUS: TECHNOLOGY, APPLICATIONS & ISSUES or
  • ITBE-775 BUISNESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS or
  • MCS-760 TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Upon recommendation of the student's adviser and with approval of the M.B.A. Coordinator, a thesis of up to 6 credits may be included in the 9 credit emphasis.  Students must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits for the MBA degree.

Requirements for International Students

English/Writing Proficiency Requirements (Undergraduate Courses)
If your TOEFL score is:

 

  • 550 – 600, you will enroll in ENGLISH-091 Basic Writing Skills for 2 credits. (This TOEFL Score is equivalent to 213 - 250 if you completed the computer-based test.)
  • 540 - 549, you will enroll in ENGLISH-091 Basic Writing Skills for 2 credits AND ENGLISH-161 English for International Students for 3 credits. (This score is equivalent to 207 - 212 if you took the computer-based test.)
  • 530 - 539, you will complete ENGLISH-091 Basic Writing Skills for 2 credits AND ENGLISH-161 English for International Students for 3 credits AND ENGLISH-162 English for International Students for 3 credits. (This TOEFL score is equivalent to 197 - 206 if you took the computer-based test.)

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