Frequently Asked Questions
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- 1. Other schools in the area say that they are fully accredited. How is the UW Oshkosh MBA Programs different from them?
The primary difference is that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) — the premier business school accrediting body. Less than 15% of Business Schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation. Other schools in Northeast and Central Wisconsin are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) — a smaller, regional accreditation that accredits the entire school, not the business program. Like other schools in the service area, UW Oshkosh is also fully accredited by NCA.
A majority of the college's graduate classes are taught by full-time, Ph.D.-qualified faculty who have relevant professional experience. Other instructors are professional qualified, which means that they hold an MBA degree and have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in the field in which they teach. The curriculum is continually updated to remain current and relevant. The College of Business combines theory and practical application to provide the highest quality graduate business education available in our service area.
- 2. Can I start classes before taking the GRE or GMAT?
Professional MBA --- Any student who has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited domestic university may take Level I Foundation classes prior to taking the GRE or GMAT as a "special student". As a special student, however, you cannot take any core degree (level II) courses.
In the first semester you want to register as a special student, you will need to complete the special student registration form. If you have any questions or need assistance selecting courses, please call the MBA Program office at (800) 633-1430 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Special students are enrolled in classes after the admitted MBA students have registered. In subsequent semesters, students in special student status should send class requests via email.
- 3. How long will it take to get my MBA?
Executive MBA --- 16 months, lockstep program
Professional MBA ---You can be as passive or aggressive about taking courses as you choose. You can earn your degree in as little as 2 years if you complete 16.5 credits per year. If you want to take courses at a slower pace, you can earn 6 credits per year and complete your degree in 5.5 years. On average, our students complete their degrees in 3.5 years.
- 4. How much will it cost?
Professional MBA --- Tuition for 2012/2013 is approximately $650-$730 per credit. Cost per class is given on the class schedule course detail pages.
- 5. Where can I take the GRE or GMAT?
If you are pursuing the Professional path to earning an MBA at UW Oshkosh, visit the GRE/GMAT page for more information about testing. Students in the Executive path are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.
- 6. How long does it take to review my application materials?
Once your application portfolio for the Professional MBA is complete, the admissions process takes an average of 1-2 weeks. During busy times, July–August and December–January, it may take a little longer.
- 7. I've heard that graduate courses expire, it this true?
The majority of foundation (level I) courses do not expire. The only exception is BUS 710 Foundation of Information Systems, which has a ten-year time limit. All other foundation courses do not have expiration dates.
Degree (level II) courses, on the other hand, expire after seven years. With extenuating circumstances, you may request a one- or two-year extension of the seven-year time limit.
- 8. Is financial aid available?
Since the majority of students enrolled in the MBA Program are working adults, most receive some tuition reimbursement from their employer. If you are not certain about the benefits available, please check with your human resources department.
Students are eligible for loans and possibly other types of financial aid. For comprehensive information on financial aid, visit the UW Oshkosh Financial Aid site or contact Financial Aid at (920) 424-3377.