Online BBA Frequently Asked Questions

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General Online BBA Information

Academic Requirements and Policies

Online BBA Program Information

Application Process

Technological Aspects

General Online BBA Information

Who should I contact if I have a question about the online BBA or traditional undergraduate business program?
If you have questions about the online undergraduate BBA or traditional undergraduate business program please contact Jan Olson, Assistant Dean, College of Business & Economics.
Phone: (262) 472-4900
Toll Free Phone: (866)584-6055

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.

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

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. Twelve credits is considered a full load. Fifteen credits is an average load. Check here [course schedule] 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' 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, the 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 are the costs/credit hours for the UW-Whitewater online BBA?
The 12 credit ceiling for traditional class tuition charges will not impact the online class charges.  The cost per unit applies to every student, resident and non-resident, who chooses to take an online undergraduate business class.  More information on tuition and fees can be accessed on the Online BBA Tuition page.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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.

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

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, and 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 or the assistant dean for details (262) 472-4900.

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.

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.

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.

Online BBA Program Information

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.

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?
Yes, either by telephone, Email, or fax.

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.

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 costs are included as part of the tuition and fees.
What courses are available online?
Please see the Course Schedule for a listing of courses.

Application Process

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.

Can I apply online?
UW-Whitewater accepts the online application shared by the entire UW System. Please view the application at

Is there an application fee?
Most students must pay a nonrefundable 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 Colleges (freshman/sophomore) campus, or if you are applying at a UW System institution 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.

Technological Aspects

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