College of Business and Economics

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Unlock your potential with an MBA

The Master of Business Administration program at the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics develops aspiring professionals who are capable of thinking globally, behaving ethically and leading innovation. This three-pronged orientation is evident in the content of every MBA core class, in teaching methods and assigned activities. You will have opportunities to practice using critical thinking skills as you make strategic decisions in cases and projects. You will learn to negotiate and persuade while you develop your skills in project management. You will assess your own behavior and improve your ability to work in teams. You will be a leader.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MBA offers:

  • Multiple delivery formats: MBA breadth and emphasis courses can be completed on-campus or online, or mixed and matched for the right balance in your life. Because the curriculum and faculty are the same for on-campus and online courses, your transcript will not indicate how your degree was completed.
  • Flexibility: You can attend school full-time or part-time, and take classes online, on-campus, online, or both to fit your schedule and learning preferences. Some classes are also available at a corporate campus in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Outstanding faculty: The faculty who teach MBA courses have doctoral degrees, teach full-time at UW-Whitewater, actively publish research in their fields, and undergo careful course reviews each time they teach their courses.
  • Specialization: At UW-Whitewater you can choose from a number of unique emphases, including a customized emphasis, to personalize your education and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Strong connections: By joining a network with more than 30,000 active alumni, you can easily connect with influential professionals for advice, support, career connections and friendship. And because only 5% of business schools worldwide can boast AACSB accreditation, you know you are part of an elite group.
  • New opportunities: You don't need prior business education or a business background to succeed in the MBA program. Together with the common body of knowledge courses or the Graduate Business Foundations Certificate, the program can help you revitalize your career or learn to be a leader in a technical field.

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In a survey of nearly 15,000 business school alumni

  • More than 90% would pursue a graduate business degree again
  • Nearly 95% would rate their education as a good to outstanding value
Source: Graduate Management Admissions Council Alumni Perspectives Survey Report 2017

MBA admission criteria (effective Spring 2018)

All Master of Business Administration students must meet UW-Whitewater Graduate School admission criteria and meet the MBA program criteria through one of the pathways described below. (Expand each heading for full details.) Many applicants will qualify for admission without GMAT/GRE scores.

Still unsure whether you must submit a GMAT/GRE score? Our interactive evaluation form can help you navigate the admission requirements, as well as documentation that would be needed for admission review.

What if you do not meet the admission requirements? Please email or call us at (262) 472-1945 to see if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for information and assistance. 

Earned an AACSB-accredited undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Earned a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Earned a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have at least four years of qualified professional experience.

Earned a graduate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or equivalent international institution.

Have at least seven years of qualified professional experience.
Have four years of qualified professional experience and earned a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Served or is serving in the U.S. military with qualified active duty.

Hold professional certification approved by the College of Business and Economics.

Completed the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)* with:

  • A composite score of at least 1,100 based on the following formula
    • (GMAT score) + [200 x (overall undergraduate GPA based on a 4-point scale)]
  • A composite score of at least 1,150 based on the following formula
    • (GMAT score) + [200 x (last half of undergraduate GPA based on a 4-point scale)]
  • A composite score of 950 - 1,100 for consideration of probationary admission based on the following formula
    • (GMAT score) + [200 x (overall undergraduate GPA based on a 4-point scale)]

*GRE scores are converted to comparable GMAT scores.


The Master of Business Administration degree requirements have been designed to prepare you for success as a student in the program and your subsequent career. To earn the UW-Whitewater MBA, you must:

  • Complete the 36-credit course requirements, ensuring at least 30 of the 36 credits are numbered 730 and above.
    • Breadth (24 credits)
    • Emphasis (9 credits)
    • Elective (3 credits)
  • Complete Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses, as required.
    • CBK requirements (0 - 14 credits) are determined based on transcript review.
    • Candidates with an undergraduate degree in business may not need to complete CBKs or requirements may be very limited.
  • Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in both their overall graduate work and emphasis courses.

More information on the program structure and courses can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog

With a number of unique emphases and over 50 electives covering the breadth of contemporary business issues, students can tailor the UW-Whitewater MBA program to meet their interests and needs. Students select from a set of electives related to a specific discipline to complete an emphasis that will be noted on their transcripts. All emphases and electives are available both on-campus and online. Explore the emphases below for more information. Courses by emphasis are also listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Customized Emphasis: Students may contact the Graduate Business Office to discuss the options for the customized emphasis.

Career outcomes for MBA students — particularly salaries — vary greatly based on years of experience, geographic location, employment status and position prior to starting the program, as well as MBA emphasis and other factors. Information from surveyed UW-Whitewater graduates by MBA emphasis is provided below, including placement rate, highlighted employers, common position titles and salary information. Industry-reported salary information has also been cross-referenced where available.

Additional research is available from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which shares its Alumni Perspectives Survey results each year.

MBA Emphasis

Placement Rate1

Highlighted Employers2

Common Titles2

Industry  Salary (national average with 1 to 20+ years of exp.)

UW-Whitewater Salary Estimate (6 months or less after graduation)2

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American Family Insurance, Associated Bank, KPMG, Oshkosh Corporation, Royal Capital Group, UnitedHealth Group
Accountant, Client Manager, Financial Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Risk Analyst
Human Resource Management
Allstate Insurance, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Dick's Sporting Goods, Johnson Controls, Kohler Company, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Director of Human Resources, HR Generalist, Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Store Manager, Talent Acquisition Manager
Information Technology Management
First Bank National, GE Healthcare, Johnsonville Sausage, Sentry Insurance, Trek Bicycle Corporation, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration
Business Analyst, IT Manager, Project Manager, Software Developer, Systems Analyst
International Business
3M, Amazon, Aurora Health Care, Burberry, Dogfish Head Brewery, US Cellular
Business Analyst, Global Supply Chain Analyst, International Brand Coordinator, International Plant Manager, Project Manager
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Anthem, BMO Harris Bank, Caterpillar, Hewitt-Packard Enterprises, Nestle, Thermo Fischer Scientific
Account Executive, Financial Analyst, National Sales Manager, Operations Manager, Supply Chain Analyst
Boston Scientific Corporation, Eli Lilly, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Proctor & Gamble, TDS Telecommunications, Under Armour
Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, Pricing Analyst, Product Marketing Specialist, Supply Chain Analyst
$58,033 (sales); $79,111 (general)
Project Management
Bose Corporation, Cameca Instruments, Cargill, Johnson Controls, Polaris Industries, Shopko
Compliance Specialist, IT Manager, Operations Supervisor, Project Manager, Quality Assurance Analyst
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Supply Chain Management
American Transmission Company, Baker Tilly LLP, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Eaton Steel Bar Company, Kraft-Heinz Company, Ryder System, Treehouse Foods
Buyer, Director of Operations, Forecast Analyst, Import Specialist, Supply Chain Specialist
Bank of America, Ernst & Young, MassMutual Financial Group, Mayo Clinic, Molson Coors, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Business Operations Specialist, Finance Manager, IT Analyst Programmer, Sales Consultant, Sr. Solution Designer
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Based on 2016 - 2017 survey data; many MBA graduates are employed when beginning the program and/or are employer-sponsored
2 Self-reported data from survey respondents

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