Lubar Graduate Students
Masters Student Orientation


Video Message: MBA/MS Advisor

Graduate Program Services
Lubar Hall N251
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar
School of Business
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Office Hours:
Monday and Tuesday 9 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm

Summer Office Hours:
Monday 9 am - 6 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm

(414) 229-5403

Masters Student Orientation
Welcome to UWM and to the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business! The Lubar School of Business is named in honor of distinguished Milwaukee business leader and philanthropist Sheldon B. Lubar, who donated a $10 million gift to the School in February 2006.

The orientation outlined below is designed to introduce you to the graduate program, faculty and staff, program and campus resources, and to help you prepare for graduate study in business at UWM. It includes a variety of information that is important to all new graduate students.

Graduate Program Services The GPS staff provides services such as: admission advising and orientation, program counseling, course selection assistance, registration support, and graduation processing.

The GPS office is located in Lubar Hall N251
Phone: (414) 229-5403
Fax: (414) 229-2372

Matthew Jensen, MBA/MS Program Manager
Jeff Neuhauser
, MBA/MS Senior Academic Advisor
TJ Jeske, Assistant Dean of Student Services
Sue Farley, Office Manager

For our office hours and more, please visit the GPS website.

PantherLink The University and the Lubar School of Business sends email to students on their UWM email (PantherLink) address only. If you prefer to use an alternate email address you need to forward your mail from PantherLink to your other address. You can set up the forwarding function at the PantherLink main screen.

Technical assistance is available from the. The Help Desk operates 24/7, although some issues may need to be resolved during regular business hours (414-229-4040 or 877-382-2459).

Once admitted to a UWM program, students can activate their UWM email account here.

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MBA and MS Listservs

Each semester listservs of currently enrolled MS and MBA students are created. We use the listservs to send student newsletters and to make announcements about registration, scholarships, new courses, career opportunities, study abroad trips, Graduate Business Association activities, cancelled classes, and more.

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PAWS PAWS, or Panther Access to Web Services, is the system where students can check for their enrollment appointment times, register for classes, update addresses and other personal information, check for any holds on records or accounts, obtain grades, view financial information, and pay tuition.

For help with your ePantherID, please call (414) 229-4466, or click Help from the PAWS main page.

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Registration Information
To find information on how to register and swap classes, important dates, registration deadlines, and withdrawal/credit drop fee assessments online, please visit the Schedule of Classes information for each semester.

The semester Schedule of Classes is available online as well through the UWM website.

The Administrative Policies website also includes pertinent registration information.

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MBA Curricular Notes MBA Program
Administrative Policies

Be sure to check and follow the prerequisites for each course in your degree program. Note that Bus Mgmt 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, 709, 710, and 711 must all be completed prior to enrolling in Bus Mgmt 712 - Strategic Management (the capstone course).

Since all core MBA courses are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer, and NOT ALL ELECTIVES ARE, it is a good planning strategy to look at electives first when planning your schedule, and then fill in the core courses.

The Graduate 2-year Course Schedule is our best projection of when courses will be offered in coming terms.

You have three options for completing MBA electives:
  • 12 credits elective track (13 options)
  • 15 credit career focused concentration (4 options)
  • 12 credit "Customized Track".

Make sure to complete and Elective Track Declaration Form or Career Focus Concentration Declaration Form as soon as possible.

Each Fall you will receive a scorecard which is a snap shot of your current progress toward your degree completion. It will help you assess your degree completion plan and enable you to choose appropriate courses for the following academic term.

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MS Curricular Notes

MS Program
Administrative Policies

Be sure to check and follow the prerequisites for each course in your degree program.

Many MS courses are offered only in the Fall or only in the Spring (some are offered every other Fall or Spring). The Graduate 2-year Course Schedule is our best projection of when courses will be offered.

You must choose and meet with a Major Professor within the first 10 weeks of beginning your degree program (ask classmates whom they have chosen and why, visit the faculty webpages to learn more about each professor). You should then arrange a meeting with your Major Professor to go over your Program of Study Form.

Discuss your interests, goals, background, and seek insights on the flow of your course selections, appropriate elective options, and optimal course combinations and sequencing.

Ask your Major Professor to sign and date the form and return it to N251. The Program of Study will be reviewed by the MS Program Committee and if approved, you and your Major Professor will be sent official copies for your records.

Should you decide to change your Program of Study at some point in your degree program, you will need to meet with your Major Professor and complete a Program Modification Form.

The Program Modification form will be reviewed by the MS Program Committee and if approved, you will be notified that the change has been made to your original Program of Study.

Each Spring you will receive a Scorecard which is a snap shot of your current progress toward your degree completion. It will help you asses your degree completion plan and enable you to choose appropriate courses for the following academic term.

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Administrative PoliciesPolicies and procedures pertaining to graduate business students can be found at the Administrative Policies page.

Graduate School policies are posted on the Graduate School website.

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Career ServicesThe Career Services Office offers information and assistance on resume and interviewing preparation, posts internships and job announcements, and coordinates campus interviews, resume referrals, and career fairs.

Career Services Office
Lubar Hall N203
(414) 229-5445

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Graduate Newsletter
Every Fall and Spring, a new Graduate Student Newsletter will be posted on the website. Please review it each term for new and updated information.

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Common QuestionsFor Common Questions regarding both the MBA and MS programs, please review our Common Questions website.

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Golda Meir Library

You can search the UWM Library's online card catalog at any time.

Contact Kris Midthun, Librarian, at (414) 229-6775 for research assistance in the Business and Economics subject areas.

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Graduate Business Association

The Graduate Business Association (GBA) is a student organization for all MBA, MS, and PhD students. Its main objective is to organize and support social, informational and educational activities for graduate business students at UWM. All students, by virtue of their Lubar School of Business graduate status are automatically members of the organization.

The GBA provides and environment outside of your coursework to develop interpersonal skills, network, search for employment opportunities, and add value to your classroom learning experiences. Past events have included student/faculty receptions, speaker seminars, company tours, and weekly Gasthaus get-togethers.

Take advantage of and participate in the Graduate Business Association. Watch your email for meeting times and events or visit the GBA website.

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Campus Resources

Bookstore, UWM Union: (414) 229-4201 or (800) 662-5668
Box Office, Peck School of the Arts: (414) 229-4308
Bursar's Office, Mitchell Hall 285: (414) 229-4526
Children's Center: (414) 229-5384
Enrollment Services, Mellencamp 212: (414) 229-5775
Financial Aid: (414) 229-4541
(Norris) Health Center: (414) 229-4716
Information, University Operator: (414) 229-1122
UITS (University Information Technology Services): (414) 229-4040
Klotsche Center (Recreational Facilities): (414) 229-5287
Parking Information: (414) 229-5644
Transit Information: (414) 229-4000
Emergency: 9-911 (on campus)
Non-emergency: (414) 229-4627
Snow Emergencies: (414) 229-4444
UWM Transcripts, Graduate School: (414) 229-6569

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There are various parking places on campus, and rates vary. Please visit the Parking & Transit website for more information.

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Faculty Profiles
  • 70 full-time
  • 30% are female
  • 6% are African American, Latino, or Native American
  • 3 Wisconsin Distinguished Professors
  • 4 Names Research Faculty
  • 2 Names Teaching faculty
  • Faculty hold doctoral degrees from 40 different institutions
  • Active in research, publishing, and professional development
  • Serve as editors, editorial board members, and leaders in scholarly and professional organizations

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Student Profiles
  • Over 600 graduate business students
  • 50 doctoral students
  • Well over 50 student pursuing graduate certificates
  • 43% female, 57% male
  • 7% minority
  • 13% international
  • 81% over age 25 - average age 31
  • About 1/2 of our graduate students have an undergraduate degree in an area other than business
  • Graduate students enroll, on average, for 6 credits each semester
  • 70% attend on a part-time basis
  • Approximately 240 graduate each year

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Study Abroad The Lubar School of Business currently offers a variety of study abroad programs, each one about 2 weeks in length. Summer programs are offered for Paris, France, as well as Giessen, Germany, and China. The 2 Winterim programs travel to London and another city (past programs include Madrid, Amsterdam), and the other program travels to India. For more information about our study abroad options, please view our Study Abroad web page.

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Dual Expectations
  • A graduate student should expect to be treated with respect and to treat others with respect
  • Graduate students should expect that decisions made about their needs and expectations are based on sound data gathering mechanisms
  • Graduate students should find university employees courteous and enrollment and registration processes efficient and effective
  • A graduate student should expect access to sound career counseling
  • A graduate student should expect instructors to keep set office hours and should be expected to utilize those office hours
  • A graduate student should expect quality instruction and faculty commitment to the student's learning experience
  • Graduate students should expect to work hard; throughout the program, you'll get more out if you put more in
  • Graduate students are expected to pay attention in class to announcements on assignments, due dates, and expectations, and to read the syllabus
  • Case studies are used frequently in the program; graduate students are expected to arrive for class having done the reading, case preparation, and so on
  • Advise your instructor of difficulties you may be having, whether they relate to getting assignments done, missing a class, understanding what goes on in class, or working with your group
  • Any form of cheating or plagiarism is not tolerated by either faculty or administration
  • Graduate students should expect to meet and work with people of many different backgrounds and orientations, from different kinds of organizations, functions, or undergraduate degrees
  • The faculty and administration are committed to you; however, to enhance your experience and to make your degree have a career and life-lasting impact, you must reciprocate with a true and serious commitment to your degree program

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