- What is the difference between an MBA and an MS degree?
- Can I get my MBA in Finance, Marketing, Operations, or some other specialty?
- What areas of concentration do you offer in the MS program?
- Does UWM offer the MBA or MS programs in the evenings or on weekends?
- Does the Lubar School of Business have an Executive MBA program?
- What is the MS•MBA coordinated degree program?
- May I work on two degrees simultaneously at UWM?
- Does the Lubar School of Business offer joint degrees with other departments?
- Does the Lubar School of Business offer graduate certificate programs?
- Does the Lubar School of Business have a Ph.D. or Doctoral program?
- Does the Lubar School of Business offer any online programs or classes?
- Are any information session held about the MBA and MS degrees?
- How long will it take to complete a degree?
- Is there any difference between starting my degree in January versus September?
- I work full-time; can I still take classes?
- I travel a lot; can I still take classes?
- What is considered a full academic load?
- Where can I find course descriptions?
- Are there opportunities to study abroad?
What is the difference between an MBA and an MS degree?The MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a general business management degree comprised of the MBA Core courses and Elective courses. It emphasizes a flexible structure designed for professional development and career success. The MBA Core combines a solid business foundation based on traditional theories with current models and applications in business and technology. Building on the Core, students can focus on developing professional strengths within a single discipline through career focused concentrations or elective tracks.
The MS degree (Master of Science in Management) provides specialist-oriented graduate education and allows students to focus on one functional area of business. The program has seven areas of concentration: Accounting, Professional Accounting, eBusiness, Finance Analysis, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Taxation.
Can I get my MBA in Finance, Marketing, Operations, or some other specialty?The MBA is a general management degree. However, students have three options in regard to focusing on a specialty with elective courses. They may choose a Career Focused Concentration in Health Care Management, International Business, Managing Change, or Supply Chain Management, completion of which will be noted on their transcript. This route will require the completion of fifteen elective credits, increasing the total number of degree credits required to 39-42. The second route is to complete a twelve-credit MBA Elective Track. The tracks will not be noted on a graduate transcript. The third option is to customize an elective track by choosing four courses that are most appealing rather than following a specialized Career Focused Concentration or Track.
What areas of concentration do you offer in the MS program?MS degrees are currently offered in:
- Professional Accounting
- Finance Analysis
- Management Information Systems
Does UWM offer the MBA or MS programs in the evening or on weekends?All of our MBA and MS courses are offered in the evening. We currently have no weekend classes in either the MBA or MS programs.
Does the Lubar School of Business have an Executive MBA program?Yes, the School offers an Executive MBA program. Information is available at the EMBA website.
What is the MS · MBA coordinated degree program?The MS · MBA coordinated degree program is a special masters degree program that combines the degree requirements of the MBA and an MS MIS area of concentration. This program prepares graduates for managerial positions in IT organizations or for IT-related functions within organizations. It is comprised of 54 degree credits and culminates in the award of two separate and distinct degrees, the MBA and the MS-MIS area of concentration.
May I work on two degrees simultaneously at UWM? No, students may be enrolled in only one degree program at a time. However, the School offers several joint degrees that may be of interest.
Does the Lubar School of Business offer joint degrees with other departments?The Lubar School of Business and the College of Letters and Science offer and present jointly the Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR). The MHRLR is a program offering students an interdisciplinary blend of courses and faculty in the areas of human resources and labor relations. The program prepares students for careers as practitioners, and emphasizes a firm educational grounding in both the liberal arts and business administration. This includes knowledge of human resources, staffing, labor relations, the legal system and statistics. The program is designed for full-time and part-time students who seek careers in the private or public sectors, with unions or management.
The College of Letters and Science and the Lubar School of Business also offer and present jointly the Master of Public Administration (MPA). The program is designed to provide theoretical and practical preparation for careers in public and non-profit administration with three areas of concentration - municipal management, general public administration, and non-profit management.
The MS-Nursing/MBA, jointly offered by the College of Nursing and Lubar School of Business, is designed to provide a combined nursing and business curriculum to strengthen the graduate's performance as a leader and a manager in nursing and health care administration. Students complete 58 credits and are simultaneously awarded an MBA and MS-Nursing degree.
The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (needs to be a link) is jointly offered by the College of Letters and Science and the Sheldon B Lubar School of Business. The program is designed to provide students with the essential theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in managing and leading nonprofit sector organizations.
Does the Lubar School of Business offer graduate certificate programs?There are two graduate certificate programs available. The Certificate in State and Local Taxation is offered on-line. For more details, please visit the Deloitte Center for Multistate Taxation website. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is a collaborative effort between the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Letters and Science, and other UWM academic units.
Does the Lubar School of Business have a Ph.D. or Doctoral program?Yes, the School offers a Ph.D. Program with areas of specialization in Finance, MIS, Marketing, Organizations and Strategic Management, and Production and Operations Management.
Does the Lubar School of Business offer any online programs or classes?Yes, the School offers a Certificate in State and Local Taxation via the Internet. The four graduate courses that comprise the certificate are part of the MS-Taxation concentration. For more details, please visit the Deloitte Center for Multistate Taxation website. In addition, there are a very small number of individual courses offered on-line or as a hybrid face to face with online components.
Are any information sessions held about the MBA and MS degrees?Yes, the School hosts a series of information sessions throughout the year. Prospective students have the opportunity to meet with admissions staff, faculty, and current students to learn about the programs, admissions requirements, and related graduate student concerns. Please visit the MS/MBA Info Sessions page for details and dates.
How long will it take to complete a degree?Students with an undergraduate BBA degree can complete the MBA program in two years by completing three courses per semester or by completing two courses per semester and two courses during two summer sessions.
Some MS programs can be completed on a full-time basis in one year, MS Accounting, MS Professional Accounting and MS Taxation. Other MS Programs can be completed within a 2-3 year time frame.
Students will most likely need more time to complete their degree if they want to complete a specific career focused concentration or MBA track; need to take foundation courses; or need to limit the number of credits they can take in a year.
Is there any difference between starting my degree in January versus September?Our degree programs allow for fall, spring, or summer start dates. However, the MS Professional Accounting has a summer or fall start. In addition, completion of some MS programs is smoother if begun in the fall.
I work full time; can I still take classes?Definitely! About 75% of UWM business masters students work full time and complete coursework on a part-time basis.
I travel a lot; can I still take classes?Because UWM is an urban institution, we recognize the fact that our students are professionally employed and sometimes face situations that make attending a class meeting difficult. You will need to speak with your professors if you anticipate any absences, and will have to adhere to individual course attendance policies.
What is considered a full academic load?Eight to twelve credits per semester is considered full-time. Enrollment in less than eight credits is considered part-time. The maximum credit load for Master’s students is 12 credits.
Where can I find course descriptions?Course descriptions can be found here:
Bus Adm Course Descriptions
Bus Mgmt Course Descriptions
Are there opportunities to study abroad?The Lubar School of Business and Center for International Education are excited about the partnerships that we are developing with Universities overseas. Currently we have exchange programs with universities in England, Ireland, Germany, and France. Contact an advisor at 229-5403.
Study abroad trips can be completed for elective degree credit.