Online BBA FAQs

Online BBA FAQs

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    Online BBA FAQs

    General

    Academic Requirements and Policies

    General Online Undergraduate Business information

    Application Process

    Technological Aspects

    Online BBA FAQs

    Is there a difference between diplomas awarded for the online undergraduate business program 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 the online undergraduate business program attending only online courses, only traditional courses, or a combination of online and traditional courses.

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    What degrees from the College of Business & Economics can I earn entirely online?

    At present you can earn the BBA degree with a general business major entirely online.

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    Is UW-Whitewater fully accredited?

    Yes, the graduate and undergraduate degrees are accredited by AACSB International.

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    What is AACSB International?

    AACSB International -- The International Association for Management Education 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 management education.

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    What are the costs/credit hours for the UW-Whitewater Online Undergraduate Business program?

    The fee for College of Business and Economics online undergraduate business program web courses is $360 per unit (credit) for both resident and non-resident students for each online unit/credit in which the student is enrolled. The 12 credit ceiling for traditional class tuition charges will not impact the online class charges. For example, if you are taking 12 credits of traditional classes and a 3-credit online course, your tuition charge will be $2783.52 (for 12-credits of traditional classes - if in-state) + $1080 (for the 3-credit online class) = $3863.52. The $360 per unit applies to every student, resident and non-resident, who chooses to take an online undergraduate business class.

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    How many credits are required to complete the degree?

    At least 120.

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    Are all courses three credits?

    All courses are three credits with the exception of ITBE-388 Career Information.

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    How many courses can I take each semester?

    You could 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. twelve credits is considered a full load! Fifteen credits is an average load. Check here to view the tentative long-range plan for on-line course offerings.

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    How long does it take to complete a course?

    Courses are currently structured to coincide (begin and end) with the campus' normal schedule. Courses are sixteen weeks during Fall and Spring semesters, three and six weeks for Summer Session and three weeks for Winterim Session.

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    Who should I contact if I have a question about the online undergraduate business program or traditional undergraduate business program?

    If you have question about the online undergraduate business program or traditional undergraduate business program please contact

    Jan Olson, Assistant Dean, College of Business & Economics.
    E-mail:onlinebba@uww.edu
    Phone: (262) 472-4900
    Toll Free Phone: (866)584-6055

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    Academic Requirements and Policies

    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.

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    If I have not attended college before, is this program for me?

    If you do not have any college credits, you may start our on-line degree at any number of places, but we highly recommend UW Colleges Online. You could complete your first 60 credits there, and then transfer to UW-Whitewater's online program.

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    Is the TOEFL test score required?

    A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 or the equivalent on another exam for students from countries where English is not the native language is required for admission.

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

    • Transferring less than 24 credits? 2.00
    • Transferring between 24 and 72 credits? 2.50
    • Transferring more than 72 credits? 2.80

    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. If you would be transferring less than 60 credits, you should consider working with UW Colleges Online to complete your remaining lower level requirements.

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    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
    • At graduation:
      • 2.50 overall gpa
      • 2.50 in all business courses
      • 2.50 in the major
    • 2.80 combined overall gpa for admission to the College

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    What are the requirements for admission to the College of Business and Economics?

    Admission to the College of Business and Economics upper division level requires that a student meet the following criteria:

    • Have 54 or more projected credits. Projected credits are the number of credits that will be earned at the end of the present term.
    • Have finished or be registering for English 101, 102, Speech 110, Math 143, Econ 201 and 202, Accounting 244, either Accounting 249 or 342 or 341, Econ 245, computer applications requirement (and effective fall, 2007 ? ITBE 280)
    • Have earned a combined cumulative (transfer and UW-W) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8.
    If you do not meet the 2.80 requirement, there is an alternative admission standard which is based on your performance in the proficiency, unique, and lower division courses which may be used. Contact onlinebba@uww.edu or the assistant dean for details (262) 472-4900.

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    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.

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    What is the application deadline?

    UW-Whitewater uses a "rolling" admission. Students may begin in fall, spring, or summer. The fall semester begins around September 1; the spring semester begins around January 15, and the summer term begins in late May. Your application should be submitted at least 2 months in advance of your intended start date.

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    Can I take an online course from UW-Whitewater if I am enrolled in a program at another school?

    Yes, you apply to UW-Whitewater as a special student (no credentials). You will also need to submit a verification of your standing and grade point average from your school. Also send verification from your program adviser that you are in good standing and that the course(s) will satisfy requirements in your degree.

    General Online Undergraduate Business information

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    Is the online program open for international persons?

    Yes, UW-Whitewater online graduate business classes can be taken from anywhere in the world so long as you have a computer that meets the minimum Technical Requirements.

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    What is the major principle of instruction?

    Internet, multi-media lectures and textbook.

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    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.

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    Are any visits to campus required?

    There is no required visit to campus. All courses can be completed entirely online.

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    If I have difficulties, will I be able to ask the professor questions?

    Yes, either by telephone, Email, or fax.

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    How are exams administered? Do I need a proctor?

    Some instructors do not require exams. Multiple choice and short answer exams will be taken in the presence of a proctor.

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    What degree will I receive after completion of the online program?

    After completion of the program, you will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. This is the exact same degree that our on campus students receive.

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    What is the cost of course materials for the online courses?

    Textbook costs are included as part of the tuition and fees. Most courses also use an instructional CD that can be purchased for under $7.50, however the CD's materials can also be viewed online with a broadband internet connection.

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    What courses are available online?

    Please see the Course Schedule for a description of courses.

    Application Process

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    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.

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    Can I apply on-line?

    UW-Whitewater accepts the online application shared by the entire UW System. Please view the application at http://apply.wisconsin.edu/

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    Is there an application fee?

    Most students must pay a nonrefundable $35 application fee. The fee is not required if your last institution attended was a two-year UW Colleges (freshman/sophomore) campus. The fee is required if you are transferring between four-year UW campuses. The application fee is not required if you are applying at a UW System institution you have previously attended as a degree-seeking student. The fee is valid for one year (two semesters and a summer session).

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    What are the modes of payment? Can payment be made in installments?

    Cash, Check, or Money Order. Credit card payment is not an option at this time. Payment can be made in two installments if a signed credit agreement is on file.

    Technological Aspects

    What are the computer requirements needed to be able to work with the online undergraduate courses?

    To access the Online Undergraduate Business program courses and lecture content, you need a computer with an internet connection and web browser. For video content, Windows Media Player version 9.0 or above is required. Windows Media is available for both Windows and Macintosh users. More detailed specifications follow: Minimum Computer Requirements:

    • Windows or Macintosh OS X-based computer
    • Internet connection, broadband preferred
    • Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 4.7 or higher
    • Windows Media Player 9 or higher

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    Who do I contact if I have technical questions?

    Please contact the College of Business & Economics Online Education Helpdesk with any technical questions.
    E-mail: cobetech@uww.edu
    Phone: 262-472-4981

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