Lubar Graduate Students
Application Information

May I apply online?

It is recommended that applications are being submitted online through the UWM Graduate School online application.

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When will I receive the information I requested? When the School of Business receives an information request, we mail a packet, which you should receive within a week. Packets will take longer to reach international addresses.

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How much is the application fee and how do I pay it?
There is a $56 application fee that can be paid by credit card, check, or money order to UW-Milwaukee. If you have college level credits from non-U.S. colleges or universities, an additional $40 processing fee is required to cover the cost of processing and evaluating non-U.S. credentials.

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What is the application process?
Both the Graduate School and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business will review your application. The following items complete your application file with the Graduate School: a completed application; the application fee; one copy of your official transcripts; and your "reasons for graduate study" statement.

The Graduate School will calculate your GPA including all courses completed as part of your bachelor's degree. Because this calculation includes letter grades earned for attempts in repeated coursework, and may include work that your degree-granting institution did not accept in transfer, the GPA used by the Graduate School and the School of Business for admission may be different from the GPA shown on your transcripts.

Once your file is complete, the Graduate School sends your application to the School of Business. It is reviewed along with your official GMAT scores by the Masters Program Committee.

On average, it takes ten weeks to complete the application process (from submission of the application to decision). Processing times for individual applications vary widely, however, depending on how promptly a file becomes complete.

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Will I receive notification that you have received my completed application?You will receive a postcard from the Graduate School when your application is complete; i.e., when the Graduate School has received your application form, the application fee, official transcripts, and your reasons statement. At that point, the Graduate School will forward your application materials to the School of Business in order to be matched with your GMAT scores. You can contact the School of Business Graduate Program Services office to find out the status of your application, mba-ms@uwm.edu, (414) 229-5403.

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May I send a piece of my application, such as my "Reasons Statement" separate from the rest?

Yes. You will need to include your full name, campus ID number, and the name of the degree program to which you are applying on any materials submitted.

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What are the application deadline dates? For most programs there are no specific application deadlines. We suggest you submit your application as early as possible, as soon as you have made the decision to apply. Early application allows for timely application processing.

For the MS Professional Accounting program, students may begin in the Summer or Fall terms. Applications will be reviewed on a batch basis beginning in March. Applicants should apply and take the GMAT in the Fall.

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Does the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business require letters of recommendation? Although letters of recommendation are not required as part of our MBA/MS application, recommendations can enhance an application and may be sent to:

Graduate Program Services
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
UW-Milwaukee
PO Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742

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Must transcripts be sent directly to UWM by the other schools I have attended? Yes, the Graduate School requires one copy of your transcripts to be sent directly from the schools you have attended. Transcripts should be sent to:

The Graduate School
UW-Milwaukee
PO Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

It is important to note that UWM students do not need to send transcripts documenting UWM coursework.

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Is a transcript required for every program/course I attended? What about summer courses or programs abroad? Yes, we require transcripts documenting your Bachelor's degree and any advanced degrees and/or additional coursework you have taken.

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Is the GMAT required?
GMAT scores are an integral part of the application review. We require applicants to submit official GMAT scores.

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What is the UWM school code (so GMAT can send you my scores)?The school code for the MBA program is LM61P03; the school code for the MS programs is LM61P84.

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What is the average GMAT score? Your GMAT scores will be considered in combination with all other pieces of your application. The average GMAT score of recently admitted MBA or MS students is 555. Average verbal and average quantitative scores are in the 60th percentile.

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How long are GMAT or scores valid? Scores more than five years old may not be valid. For additional details, visit www.mba.com.

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If I had my GMAT scores sent to UWM in the past and now I want to apply for admission, do I need to send them again? We keep these scores for five years. If you are applying for admission more than five years after your original test date, we may no longer have your scores. In this case you would need to have your scores resent. Call the Graduate Program Services office at 229-5403 to see if your scores are still on file. For additional details, visit www.mba.com.

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Is work experience required as a condition of admission? Work experience is not required for admission to the MBA and MS degree programs.

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Is it necessary to have an undergraduate business degree to be admitted into either the MBA or MS programs? You do not need to have an undergraduate business degree to be accepted to the MBA or MS programs. Students who have not completed business coursework may be required to complete foundation courses in addition to the degree coursework.

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May I apply to the MBA if I already have an MS (or vice versa)?Yes, you may apply to the MBA program if you already have an MS (and vice versa). Additionally, you may apply to a second MS concentration after you have completed a first MS degree. It is important to note that no credits may be transferred from one completed graduate degree to another, though a waiver of a course may be granted and substitution by an elective course required.

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Are admitted students allowed to postpone starting at UWM? Once admitted to the MBA or MS program, you may defer your enrollment for up to one calendar year. After one calendar year, you must reapply.

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May I transfer credits from another college or university?Transfer of graduate degree credits may be possible. If you are admitted to the MBA or MS program, you must submit course materials for each course to be reviewed for transfer. The coursework will be evaluated by faculty for its course equivalency and program fit. If recommended for transfer by the School of Business, the Graduate School will make a final determination based on the following criteria:
  • Any credit transferred from another institution to UWM must have been taken as a graduate student for graduate credit and appear on a graduate transcript.
  • The school granting the original credit must be a regionally accredited institution.
  • The equivalent grade of an A or B must have been earned (B- or lower grades do not transfer).
  • No credits may be transferred from one completed graduate degree to another, though a waiver of that course may be granted and substitution by an elective course required.

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May I take graduate level courses in the without being an admitted student?Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate business program may enroll as a Non-Degree Candidate for one semester to take graduate level courses. This candidacy allows individuals in the application process to take up to 12 credits. NDC status is non-renewable, requires college transcripts and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75. Grades of B or better must be earned in NDC coursework in order for it to be transferred to a degree program. Applications can be found at the UWM Graduate School website. Students enrolled in graduate programs at another University may enroll as a Guest Graduate Student to take coursework that they would transfer back to their home institution.

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May I take additional coursework after I graduate with my master's degree?Alumni are encouraged to enroll in additional courses after graduation. You would apply for admission as an NDC (Non-Degree Candidate).


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