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ADMISSION TO THE MBA PROGRAM, ONLINE MBA PROGRAM & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Admission is based on a multitude of factors and will be evaluated holistically. Our website contains several resources to help walk you through the admission process but we are here to help. Contact us at (920) 424-0631 or cobgrad@uwosh.edu with any questions or if you’d like to set up an advising appointment.

Admission criteria to the MBA program, online MBA program and certificate programs includes:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with:
• An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) over a minimum of 80 graded credits; OR at least 2.90 during the last half of the undergraduate work for full standing admission (see notes below)
• An undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.25 (4.00 scale) over a minimum of 80 graded credits; AND at least a 2.50 during the last half of undergraduate work for probationary admission

*Applicants that do not meet the GPA criteria listed above may be considered under special circumstances. See below for more information.

In addition, applicants must satisfy any one of the following criteria.
1. Two or more years of professional work experience, which may include internships, military service and experience in a family business
2. AACSB-accredited undergraduate degree with a 3.5 GPA or higher accompanied by a letter of recommendation addressing your potential to succeed in graduate business education and throughout your career (see notes below)
3. Graduate degree from a regionally accredited or equivalent institution

Special Circumstances
Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA lower than 2.25 may be considered for probationary admission under special circumstances. Admissions criteria will be based on a holistic review of the following information:
• Four or more years of professional work experience, which may include internships, military service and experience in a family business (required)
• Personal statement describing:
– Reason for pursuing your graduate education
– Impact it will have on both your short- and long-term career goals
– Value you will bring to the classroom
• Letters of recommendation addressing your potential to succeed in graduate business education and throughout your career
• GRE or GMAT scores. We look for students to score in the 35th percentile or higher in each section of the GRE/GMAT exam for full-standing admission. Scores lower than that, but at the 20th percentile or higher, may be eligible for probationary admission.

To be considered for admission to the MBA Program or Online MBA Program, applicants should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:

1. A completed online UW System application form (apply.wisconsin.edu) with the required application fee

2. Official undergraduate transcripts

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. To request official transcripts, contact any colleges or universities where you completed undergraduate or graduate coursework. Submit your official transcripts electronically to gradschool@uwosh.edu or mail to UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies at:

UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies
800 Algoma Blvd., Dempsey Hall 345
Oshkosh, WI 54901

NOTE: If an applicant is a current or former UW Oshkosh graduate or undergraduate student, he/she does not need to provide an official UW Oshkosh transcript.

3. Test scores and/or evidence of professional certification (optional)

Further, applicants should submit the following in their UW System application or to the College of Business Graduate Programs Office at cobgrad@uwosh.edu.

4. Personal statement describing:
• Reason for pursuing your graduate education
• Impact it will have on both your short- and long-term career goals
• Value you will bring to the classroom.

5. Professional resume

*Unless stated otherwise, COB graduate certificates have the same admissions requirements.

More information can be found at uwosh.edu/gradstudies/.

Students who have, or need, a student visa may find additional admission requirements found at uwosh.edu/gradstudies/.

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To start your online application, visit apply.wisconsin.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an official transcript?
At UW Oshkosh, we consider a transcript official if it is sent directly to us from the institution that you studied at. If your transcript is sent by mail, it should be in a sealed envelope and stamped official.
Will you accept an official transcript electronically (versus by mail)?
YES, if your institution offers you the option to send an official transcript electronically please do so. However be sure that you direct the transcript to the UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies Office at gradschool@uwosh.edu. We also encourage you to submit a copy of your transcript order confirmation to our admissions counselor so that we can be sure your transcript gets linked with your application.
Do I have to send in all of the application materials at one time?
NO, it is not required that all application materials are submitted simultaneously. We track the materials that you’ve turned in, and will keep your application pending until the outstanding application materials are submitted.
I forgot to pay the application fee. How do I submit it?
No problem! You can either log back into the UW System online application and remit payment, or you can mail a check to:

Office of Graduate Studies
UW Oshkosh 
800 Algoma Blvd., Dempsey Hall Rm 345
Oshkosh, WI, 54901-8621


You may also come to campus and pay in cash at Dempsey Hall room 345.

Does work experience serve as a waiver?
Work experience does not waive any of our courses.
What if my undergraduate major was not in business?

Admission to the MBA program is not determined by undergraduate major(s). Regardless of undergraduate degree, students complete 36 credits including an entry course followed by four tools courses, core courses and electives.

What GPA are you looking for?
The guidelines are 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA OR a 2.9 GPA in the last 60 credits for full-standing admission. For probationary admission, it’s 2.25 cumulative AND 2.5 GPA in the last 60 credits.

Note: We use a holistic admission process, so admission is not based on GPA alone.

How many credits will transfer from another graduate program?

Due to our AACSB accreditation standards, we can only transfer classes into our program from other AACSB accredited business schools. It’s always up to the institution that the credits are transferring into to decide how many and which credits will transfer and how they will transfer. The general rule of thumb is that only 9 credits of graduate coursework will transfer. We may be able to get a special exemption to that number if we work with the Office of Graduate Studies, but even then, it’s a 12 credit max. No letter grade of below a B will be accepted in transfer.

College of Business
Graduate Programs

Sage Hall, Suite 1608
835 High Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901
mba@uwosh.edu • (920) 424-0631

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