You may begin by taking either MBA electives or Modules. Be careful not to start with too many classes. It's usually best to get an idea of what you can handle, then add classes later if you think you can handle the workload.
How long will it take me to finish?
Most students finish the 30-credit degree program in 30-36 months, primarily taking only one class at a time (which is the pace we recommend if also working a full time job). The minimum time to completion is 21 months (finishing that quickly is uncommon). You must finish the 30-credit program within seven years from when you took your first MBA class. Download Degree Planning Worksheet, which includes a sample schedule to finish in 28 months.
How many credits can I take in a term?
For students working full time jobs, we generally recommend the following:
Spring and Fall - 4-5 credits
Winterim - One credit
Summer - 1-3 credits
Students can plan for about 10-12 hours per week per course they are enrolled in.
Financial Aid Minimums - In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must have a minimum of four credits during spring and fall, or 3 credits in the summer.
Special Note on Modules - We recommend taking Module 1 without any other classes, to get an idea of the workload. Students generally say that Modules 2 and 3 have the highest workload of all the modules, while Modules 1 and 4 have a lighter workload.
When are Modules offered?
Modules 1-4 run the entire term and are offered in the spring and fall. The required Mini-Module is offered during winterim and summer. You can only take one Module at a time.
Can I take Modules in any order?
No. Modules must be taken in order. After taking Module 1, you will be guaranteed a spot in each subsequent module in the following terms, as long as you register for the next class within two weeks once registration opens. If you don't enroll within the two-week window, we can't guarantee you a spot in future terms. You may have to wait until there is an opening in the class you need in a future term, which could push off graduation.
Can I take time off?
Yes. However, because of the module sequencing (described above), be sure to start with Module 1 when you know you can commit to four terms in a row. Outside of the module sequence, it's ok to take time off when needed. If you sit out for three or more years in a row, your account will become inactive and you have to contact us to get it reactivated. You must finish the 30-credit program within seven years from when you took your first MBA class.
Do you offer emphases/concentrations?
No. However, while the degree you earn is a general MBA degree, you can customize the degree to your personal/business interests to help learn more in a specific area. Of the 30 credits required for the degree, 17 credits are required for everyone (Modules) and the remaining 13 credits are chosen by you (Electives). If you want to focus in a specific area, it is generally accepted that you can claim you have a concentration once you take nine credits in a specific subject area. While the degree won't show the emphasis/concentration, you can show related coursework.
Does the diploma say "online" on it and what institution is it from?
The diploma is issued by the University of Wisconsin System, much like on campus UW degrees, but instead of being from one institution, the diploma is from the four partner schools. It does not say online on it, it says "University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium" and is signed by the chancellors from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, the UW System President and President of the Board of Regents. Graduation is held at UW-Eau Claire, the managing partner of the Consortium, following the fall and spring terms.
When should I apply to the MBA program?
You should apply to the program as soon as you are serious about pursuing an MBA. This will enable us to help develop an individualized course schedule based on your past educational background. In addition, this will allow us to send you advanced registration materials.
I haven't taken my GMAT/GRE yet. Should I apply before I have completed this test?
While you can apply before taking a GMAT/GRE, the score report must be submitted to complete the application process. Once you have submitted all required materials, the MBA Office will be able to review your application. View More Information
How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?
You must first apply for financial aid to determine if you are eligible for need based financial aid and some non-need based financial aid. Aid is awarded when your application is complete and is based on the funds available at that time. Learn more about the financial aid application process.
Why does the MBA program require students to take the GMAT or GRE General Test?
Graduate programs, like the Consortium MBA program, use standardized assessment tests like the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE General Test) as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program. Both exams measure verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills you have acquired over a long period of time. Neither exam assesses your knowledge of business principles and practices.
You may begin the online MBA program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The MBA orientation course, a non-credit course that introduces students to the program, is available during the fall and spring semesters for students taking Module 1. The week long orientation course begins the week before Module 1. After you have completed the orientation course, you will begin Module 1.
Are campus visits required?
Some online MBA programs may require campus visits either for orientation or part of the program itself. Our online MBA program is 100% online with no required campus visits.
What if the classes I want are full?
Classes do fill up. Because we share seats with the four partner schools, more seats could become available closer to the start of the term. It's best to contact the MBA Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to a wait list.
How do I know if I have the right hardware and software?
The Consortium MBA program uses web-based Desire2Learn (D2L) as its LMS (Learning Management System). D2L is a user-friendly system through which all elements of your online classes are offered. You will receive updates from your instructor, find your syllabus, calendar, instructor commentaries, video and audio files, have discussions, deposit and retrieve assignments, and track your progress.
Note: Since the Consortium functions in a Windows-based environment, there may be an occasion where software requires a Windows-based machine. In those cases, it is your responsibility to locate a Windows-based machine to access the software.
What's an online class like?
You still have a professor, textbooks, classmates, assignments, quizzes, and tests but it's all online. Courses are held during a semester time-frame with weekly deadlines for assignments. Your presence will be apparent if you add to discussions and do the assignments. It is crucial that you keep up-to-date by reading all lecture materials and posted comments before participating in the discussions.
Do I have to take the modules in order: 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Modules must be taken in order and you can only take one module at a time (modules are offered in fall and spring only). After taking Module 1, you will be guaranteed a spot in each subsequent module in the following terms, as long as you register for the next class within two weeks once registration opens. If you don't enroll within the two-week window, we can't guarantee you a spot in future terms. You may have to wait until there is an opening in the class you need in future term, which could push off graduation.
How many credits should I take?
The number of credits you take depends on your other commitments outside the MBA program. A full-time MBA student can take a maximum of 9-12 credits per semester and 5-6 credits during the summer session. However, we don't recommend this course load to students who plan to work full-time while in the program. Because most students work full-time, the typical course load for our students is 4-5 credits during the fall and spring semesters, 1-3 credits during the summer and 1-2 credits during the winter.