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UW Oshkosh MBA Professional Program removes foundation level coursework with approved curriculum change

The UW Oshkosh College of Business approved a curriculum change to the MBA Professional Program. This change removes foundation level coursework as a prerequisite for admission.

Under the original 33-credit curriculum, students with insufficient academic business coursework were required to take up to 15 additional credits of foundation level coursework. The new curriculum will remove foundation level courses as a prerequisite into the program while still offering a flexible format for students. A set of tools courses have been embedded in the program to prepare students for core MBA curriculum.

“The new curriculum is strategically designed, allowing students to earn a reputable degree while reducing barriers to entry. For some, this will also reduce time to completion,” explained Kristi Cutts, associate director of MBA admissions.

The new streamlined curriculum will continue to be offered online and onsite and will feature several new courses. One of the new courses is The Strategic Context of Organizations (BUS 791), which helps students understand how each functional area of an organization is interdependent and cross-functional. Students will also learn why thinking at the organizational level is essential to maximize organization performance and career enhancement. This course features a unique blend of instructors from a variety of disciplines within the College of Business.

Emphases will continue to be offered in Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems and Project Management.

For more information on the MBA Professional Program, visit uwosh.edu/mba or email

UW Oshkosh MBA Executive Program Increases Offerings Due to Demand

UW Oshkosh launched the MBA Executive Program in 2013. Since then, demand has increased and the most recent cohort reached capacity. Beginning the 2017-2018 academic year, the MBA program will offer an additional Executive cohort in order to meet demand and offer additional time frame options for students
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The UW Oshkosh MBA Executive Program is an accelerated option completed in 16 months. It features a cohort learning environment and a 10-day international study tour spanning two countries. Classes are held on Saturdays at the UWO Appleton Executive Education Center located at 2323 E. Capitol Drive in Appleton. Classes begin in September and graduation is held the following December. The additional cohort will begin in February and graduation will be held the following May.

A majority of UW Oshkosh MBA Executive alumni surveyed said the accelerated 16-month option was a determining factor when choosing an MBA program.

“Time to degree is essential for many students. They want to apply their knowledge on the job and quickly get a return on their investment,” explained Kristi Cutts, associate director of MBA admissions. “Adding a February start allows students to begin their education in either spring or fall, when it’s the ideal time for them.”

Employer demand for MBA graduates remains strong according to the “2016 Year-End Poll of Employers Report” produced by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). 79% of employers who responded to the poll plan to hire MBA graduates in 2017. 

“Employers see value in MBA executive education and recognize its immediate impact on business,” explained Dale Feinauer, Faculty Director, Graduate MBA Program. “We are proud to provide employers in the New North Region with the quality education they expect from UW Oshkosh to develop their best and brightest.”

For more information on the MBA Executive Program, visit uwosh.edu/cob/mba/emba or email .

UW Oshkosh MBA Program announces international study tour destinations

The UW Oshkosh Executive MBA path allows professionals to earn an MBA in just 16 months. An integral component of this path is a 10-day international study tour spanning two countries. The MBA Program has announced the cohort beginning September 2017 is scheduled to visit Accra, Ghana and London, England.

Why Accra, Ghana and London, England?

Students will be able to experience business in Ghana, which was recently labeled as one of the fastest growing economies in the world (1). The Executive MBA path is strategically designed for the working professional, allowing students to take lessons learned and immediately apply them in their organizations. Students will visit a variety of successful businesses in each country and meet with C-suite leaders to learn about and consider alternative business methods that may be applied in their organizations once they return.

The United Kingdom is a major international trading power and shares the world’s largest bilateral foreign direct investment partnership with the United States (2). London, England is the capitol of the United Kingdom and is known for being the political, economic and cultural capital (3). Students will also gain relevant insight related to the “Brexit” transition. This experience will allow students to learn about the broader economic, political, social and cultural influences and how they impact business practices.

Want to know more about the Executive MBA path?

Still accepting applications for the 16-month, Saturday Executive MBA path beginning this September. Contact Kristi Cutts, Associate Director of Admissions, at for more information.


(1) Retrieved April 28, 2017 from https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2860.htm.
(2) Retrieved April 28, 2017 from http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/visiting-london-for-the-first-time/london-at-a-glance#17u7olUr71CKoS2Y.99.
(3) Retrieved April 28, 2017 from https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3846.htm

Professional MBA Curriculum Change

We are pleased to announce that the UW Oshkosh College of Business approved a curriculum change to the Professional MBA path. Expected implementation is fall of 2017.

The new curriculum will eliminate foundation level courses as a prerequisite into the program while still offering a flexible format for students. Under the original 33-credit curriculum, students with insufficient academic business coursework were required to take up to 15 additional credits of foundation level coursework. Under the new 36-credit curriculum, a series of required tools courses have been embedded into the curriculum in order to prepare students for the core MBA courses.

The new streamlined curriculum will continue to be offered in online and onsite formats and will feature several new courses. The Strategic Context of Organizations (BUS 791), a required entry course into the program, will help students understand how each functional area of organizations contributes to planning, plan implementation, why all functional areas are interdependent and why thinking at the organizational level is essential to maximize organization performance and career enhancement. Select courses may be taken concurrently with BUS 791. Students will enroll in 4.5 elective credits by choosing from a variety of class offerings. The program will conclude with a Capstone Analysis of Organizations (BUS 799) course where students will demonstrate their mastery of the UW Oshkosh MBA Program learning goals and objectives. Emphases will continue to be offered in Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems and Project Management. We are currently working to update our website with the curriculum changes. In the meantime, the full curriculum can be viewed by clicking here.

Students can apply now for admission.

Please contact Kristi Cutts, associate director of admissions, at 920-424-3384 or by email at with any questions.

UW Oshkosh Executive MBA Not-for-Profit and Government Scholarship

The UW Oshkosh MBA Office has announced a new scholarship opportunity for individuals employed by not-for profit and government agencies. Up to three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $8,925 toward the UW Oshkosh Executive MBA cohort beginning September 2017.
 
Selection criteria includes: employed by a non-profit, government or state agency; meet admission standards for the Executive MBA and complete the standard admission process; and complete the scholarship application.
 
The UW Oshkosh Executive MBA is completed in just sixteen months and is held on Saturdays at the Appleton Executive Education Center. It is a cohort style learning environment which allows for extensive peer interaction, rich discussions, and builds a powerful, influential network.
 
For more information contact the MBA Office at 800-633-1430.