Lubar Graduate Students
Administrative Policies

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

Phone:
(414) 229-5403
Fax:
(414) 229-2372
Email:
mba-ms@uwm.edu
Advising: New, Current, and Graduating Students Academic advising is offered through the Graduate Program Services office, located in room N251 of Lubar Hall. Call (414) 229-5403 to set up an appointment with an advisor. Office hours are: Monday and Tuesday: 9:00-6:00 and Wednesday through Friday: 9:00-4:30. This office closes at 4:30pm on Tuesdays during the Summer. The MBA/MS advisors can also be reached via email at mba-ms@uwm.edu.


Do I need an appointment to see a graduate advisor?
Yes. Appointment advising ensures that an advisor will be available to meet with you and allows the advisor to plan for your meeting in advance. Most of our MBA and MS students work full time and the advising staff is aware that traditional office appointments are not always possible. You have the option of being advised by office appointments, phone appointments, or via email. However, some topics are best suited to office advising.

Graduate Program Services Staff

Matthew Jensen is the MBA/MS Program Manager.
Kathy Price is the MBA/MS Recruiter.

Jeff Neuhauser advises new and current MBA and MS students, handles graduation processing, and consults for the Graduate Business Association (GBA).
TJ Jeske is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

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Admission, Course Waivers, and Advanced StandingStudents admitted to the MBA or MS program will receive an admission packet from the School of Business. This packet will include a Decision Form, which provides an analysis of your program’s foundation courses. If you have sufficient background coursework, you will be given advanced standing for that required foundation course. The decision form will indicate foundation waivers and any foundation courses you are required to take.

In addition to program-specific foundation requirements, applicants admitted to the MBA and MS Programs are assumed to have basic proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software for microcomputers. Credits earned in foundation courses do not count toward the degree.

Advanced Standing will be granted for the corresponding MBA Core course if an MBA student has a BBA degree and a major in accounting, finance, management information systems, management, marketing, or production operations management. If a student has a double undergraduate major and is waived from two core courses, the student must substitute three elective credits for one of the waived core courses to maintain the minimum 36 degree credits.

In the MS program, degree course waivers may be appropriate depending upon prior academic work. MS students granted advanced standing for degree courses must replace the course(s) with appropriate elective degree credit.

Degree course: Bus Mgmt-705 Corporate Finance
Waived if the student has completed a finance major

Degree course: Bus Mgmt-708 Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice
Waived if the student has completed a marketing major

Degree course: Bus Adm-406 Income Tax Accounting II Waived if the student has completed: a corporate tax course

Degree course: Bus Adm-721 Financial Accounting Theory Waived if the student has completed: an intermediate accounting course with a minimum "B" or better grade

Waiver/Advanced Standing Criteria for MBA Foundation CoursesFoundation courses will be waived if you have completed equivalent coursework with a C- or higher grade, except for 702 (see below).

Bus Adm-700 Building Business Interfacing Skills
Equivalent coursework: a public speaking/speech course and an advanced writing course

Bus Adm-701 Business Mathematics
Equivalent coursework: a calculus course

Bus Adm-702 Business Statistics
Equivalent coursework: introductory statistics course; must be completed within five years of admission with a B or better grade; Equivalency exam is available

Bus Adm-703 Financial Accounting
Equivalent coursework: financial accounting course

Waiver/Advanced Standing Criteria for MS Foundation CoursesBus Adm-702 Business Statistics
Equivalent coursework: introductory statistics course; must be completed within five years of admission with a B or better grade; Equivalency exam is available

Bus Adm-703 Financial Accounting (MS Accounting and MS Finance Analysis)
Equivalent coursework: financial accounting course
with a minimum "B" or better grade

Bus Adm-721 Financial Accounting Theory Waived if the student has completed: an intermediate accounting course with a minimum "B" or better grade

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Admission on ProbationA student admitted on probation (i.e., a student with an undergraduate grade point average of less than 2.75 who has provided substantial evidence of the capability to do satisfactory graduate work) must earn a minimum 3.000 GPA on at least six (6) credits within one year, or three terms of enrollment, in order to clear the probation status.

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MS Program of StudyMS students select a major professor and must submit a proposed program of study within the first ten weeks of graduate enrollment. A program of study form and a list of faculty by area is mailed to students in their admission packet. Additional copies of the form and the listing can be obtained from the Graduate Program Services office in BUS N251. Faculty profiles are available on the Lubar School of Business website, and include faculty teaching and research interests. Students may want to meet with more than one professor to choose the one whose interests match their own. The following are some guidelines for completing the program of study.

  • Select courses to meet all of the degree requirements, including electives.
  • Discuss your academic background with your major professor and decide if it is appropriate to request the waiver of any background preparation or degree courses.
  • While courses that carry both undergraduate and graduate credit (U/G) may be included in your program, they should be used only to the minimum extent possible. Programs of study will be reviewed for excessive reliance on U/G courses.
  • Students in some areas of concentration may elect to take courses outside the Lubar School of Business. Usually, no more than nine (9) non-business credits will be approved as electives.
  • The major professor must sign the form when the program of study has been completed.
  • Submit the program of study form to the Graduate Program Services Office, Lubar Hall Room N251, for review by the MS Program Committee.
  • When the program of study is approved, copies are sent to the student, the major professor, and the Graduate School. A copy is retained in the student file.


MS Program Advisors
All professors are located in Lubar Hall. You can find faculty profiles on the Lubar School of Business faculty web pages. The profile page will include contact information for the faculty, such as, office location, telephone and email addresses.

Accounting Larry Abbott
Brian Daugherty
Paul Fischer
Paul Kimmel
Leslie Kren
Daniel Neely
Jurgen Sidgman

Finance AnalysisHung-Chia Scott Hsu
Zhijian James Huang
Yong Cheol Kim
Richard Marcus
Lilian Ng
Valeriy Sibilkov

Information Technology ManagementDave Haseman
Hemant Jain
Sanjeev Kumar
Derek Nazareth
K. Ramamurthy
Atish Sinha
Mark Srite
Mariam Zahedi
Huimin Zhao

Marketing Amit Bhatnagar
Sanjoy Ghose
Purush Papatla
Laura Peracchio
Xiaojing Yang

TaxationMichael Schadewald

Program of Study ModificationsMany times students want to modify their program of study after it has been approved. This generally occurs when a specific course is discontinued or if students change their elective focus. Program modifications must be approved prior to enrolling in the course. They must also be consistent with the normal credit requirements of the program of study.

Steps for a successful program modification follow:

  • Obtain a Program Modification Form from GPS, Lubar Hall Room N251.
  • Discuss the change with your major professor, and obtain endorsement for the change (i.e., the major professor must sign the program modification form).
  • Return the completed form to GPS, Lubar Hall Room N251.
  • The MS Program Committee will review the modification.
  • If endorsed both by the MS Program Committee, you and your major professor will receive notification of approval of the modification.


Management Research Project or Thesis
MS students may choose to complete, Bus Adm 899 (Management Research Project or Thesis). Bus Adm 899 is a variable credit course, offered for 2-6 credits.

Students who choose a 2-3 credit "899" research project, must submit a "Reading and Research" form. This form requires a detailed outline of the research project covering all the points listed on its reverse. It must be signed by an approved graduate faculty member and submitted to the Graduate Programs Services Office, Lubar Hall N251.

Student who elect to do a 4-6 credit "899" management research project/thesis, are required to:

  • Select three tenure-track, full-time faculty members to serve on an examining/certification committee and obtain faculty signatures on the top half of an "Examining Committee and Certification Form for MS-Thesis/Management Research Project." This form is submitted along with a completed “Reading and Research form" and a one-page abstract describing the proposed research. These forms are available in the Graduate Program Services Office. Completed forms should be submitted to the GPS office. If appropriate, one of the examining committee members may be a tenure-track, full-time faculty member from another UWM School or College.
  • The management research project/thesis topic must be approved by the MS Program Committee.
  • After the student completes a final oral examination, the bottom half of this form is signed again by the examining committee to certify successful completion of the management research project/thesis. The form is then re-submitted to the GPS office.


Students enroll in Bus Adm 899 only once for the total number of credits to be taken. If your project/thesis is not completed in one semester, the professor will assign a Progress (P) grade. A change of grade card must be submitted when the project/thesis is completed. The "P" grade may remain on the student’s record for more than one semester; however, it must be removed by the time of graduation.

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Course Offering and Scheduling

The Lubar School of Business makes every effort to offer the MBA Core courses during Fall, Spring and Summer sessions, enabling full-time students to complete the degree within 2 years. This timeframe does not include Foundation requirements. Courses in the MS program concentrations are scheduled in Fall or Spring terms; some courses are offered every other year.

A tentative two-year schedule has been developed and will help you plan your course of study. The two-year course schedule is posted online. Courses will be offered following this schedule unless low enrollment prevents offering a course. 

The Lubar School of Business offers a flexible class schedule to accommodate the needs of a diverse student body. Classes meet once a week during the Fall and Spring semesters. In Summer sessions, most classes meet twice a week for six weeks.

The MBA curriculum design can be found at on the Lubar School of Business website.

The MS major curriculum designs can be found at on the Lubar School of Business website.

You may view our graduate course descriptions at the Graduate School website:
Business Administration courses
Business Management courses

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Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are established to insure that students have adequate background preparation for specific courses. In unusual circumstances, if the instructor believes that a student without specific course prerequisites is capable of successfully completing a course, the instructor may support the student's request for a prerequisite waiver. The student’s request as well as the faculty member’s statement of support must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Program Committee. Faculty may forward their support via email. Students lacking the prerequisites for a particular course can be administratively dropped from that course by the School of Business Graduate Program Services Office.

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Independent Study Courses (Readings and Research)The faculty of the Lubar School of Business recognizes that an independent study course or project may enhance the program of study of an individual student. To provide a framework for such courses the following guidelines have been adopted.

  • Students must meet with the faculty member who will supervise the course to agree upon the following:
    1. An outline of the specific reading or research to be undertaken
    2. The methodology or study approach to be used
    3. The project output (i.e. report, paper, presentation, etc.)
    4. The grading plan
  • The supervising faculty member must be a full-time, tenure-track instructor.
  • A Reading and Research Form containing the above information must be submitted to the Graduate Program Services Office (Lubar Hall, Room N251) prior to enrollment in the course. All Reading and Research courses must be added by the add deadline. The Reading and Research Forms are available in the Graduate Program Services Office.
    • Graduate Students may take 1-3 credits of "Reading and Research" courses by filing a "Reading and Research Form" and submitting it to the Graduate Program Services Office. The proposal must include the approval of the faculty member with whom you propose to work.
    • Two course numbers may be appropriate for graduate students interested in independent study: "797" indicates a research project; "799" indicates a reading and research course.
    • Approval from the Graduate Program Committee is needed in order to enroll in two "Reading and Research" courses (even if these two courses are taken from the same instructor).
  • After the independent study course is approved, The GPS office will register for the course.

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Maximum Credit LoadThe maximum number of credits a Master’s student is allowed by the Graduate School to take in a semester is 12.

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Minimum Credit LoadAll graduate students must be enrolled if they use University resources. Students must be registered for a minimum of one graduate credit during the semester in which their degree is awarded. Students may enroll Bus. Adm. 888: Candidate for Degree to fulfill the one-credit registration requirement if they are not registered for a regular degree course. It is graded on a Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Students may elect to enroll in other degree coursework instead of Bus Adm 888 to fulfill the minimum registration requirement.

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Full-time and Part-time StatusAt the graduate level, a student must enroll in 8 or more credits in order to be designated as a full-time student. Part-time status is enrollment in 1-7 credits.

Most business graduate students are enrolled part-time, with an average credit load of 6 credits per semester.

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RegistrationPanther Access to Web Services (PAWS)All UWM students register for classes using the online system, Panther Access to Web Services(PAWS). You will be assigned a registration appointment time when you may begin registration. It will be posted to your PAWS account. You may register anytime after your assigned start time. Information about registration, PAWS, tuition, deadlines, class times, and other administrative regulations can be found in the UWM Schedule of Classesavailable online.

PAWS Pre-Registration Steps

  1. You must be admitted and eligible to enroll.
  2. Check your registration appointment time on PAWS. This is the earliest time and date you may enter the PAWS system to register. After this time you may reenter the system at any time.
  3. Be sure there are no "holds" on your registration. All holds or service indicators must be cleared before registering on PAWS.
  4. Check with your academic advisor to make sure you are registering for the appropriate classes if you have questions. Have a list of your course choices (and alternates) from the UWM Schedule of Classes before signing onto PAWS.

Late registration takes place after the fee/tuition deadline for a semester or summer session. A $50 fee is assessed to students who register late. You are able to register through the first two weeks of classes. The "add" deadline is published in each semester's UWM Schedule of Classes.

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Adding and Dropping ClassesYou may make changes to your schedule any time after your initial registration. You may add or drop a course using PAWS during the first two weeks of class.

Unless a shorter deadline is established by a department and stated in the Schedule of Classes semester information, you may drop courses through the end of the eighth week of classes using PAWS.

Dropping a class after the final drop deadline is allowed only for reasons of extraordinary circumstances not related to academic performance in the course. You must first obtain written approval from the instructor and then file a Request for Exception form including a written appeal with the Graduate Program Committee. You must submit appropriate documentation to support your request. If the Committee supports your request, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Graduate School Dean who will make the final decision. Only if the instructor, the Graduate Program Committee, and the Graduate School approve will such drops be permitted. (All courses dropped after the fourth week of classes will remain on the student record and will be reflected on transcripts with a symbol of "W"). For courses that meet for less than the full academic semester (fall/spring terms) and for summer session courses, the above deadlines will be adjusted in proportion to the length of the course.

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Withdrawal PolicyWithdrawal is the formal termination of a student's registration for all courses in a given semester. Non-attendance does not mean that you have withdrawn officially from a course. All students who withdraw after the first day of classes will automatically receive registration materials for the next semester. All students who withdraw prior to the first day of classes must file a re-entry application if they do not enroll again within two or more semesters. Withdrawals are not taken over the telephone. Your withdrawal becomes effective on (and fee-tuition assessment is determined by) the date it is done via PAWS, postmarked, or received in Enrollment Services (if submitted in person).

You may submit your withdrawal up until the drop or withdrawal deadline listed in the
Schedule of Classes semester information.

To Withdraw:

  • Drop each of your courses individually via PAWS. Print out a copy of your changed schedule as proof. AND Write a letter stating your intent to withdraw from classes. Be sure to include your student ID number.
  • Drop your withdrawal letter off at: Enrollment Services Information Center, Mellencamp 274.
  • Send your withdrawal letter via certified mail to:
    Enrollment Services, P.O. Box 729, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0729
  • Fax your withdrawal letter to:
    Enrollment Services at 414-229-2505. Please call 414-229-3796 to confirm receipt of your transmission.

Withdrawal After the Eighth WeekStudents who wish to withdraw after the eighth week of a semester may do so only for reasons of extraordinary circumstances not related to academic performance in their courses. You must first obtain written approval from the instructors and then file a Request for Exception form including a written request with the Graduate Program Committee. You must submit appropriate documents which support the request. If the Graduate Program Committee approves the request, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Graduate School Dean who will make the final decision. If the instructor(s), the Graduate Program Committee, and the Graduate School approve, only then will the withdrawal be permitted.

All courses from which a student withdraws after the 4th week of class during the regular semester will remain on the student's permanent record and will be reflected on the transcript with the "W" (Withdrawal) symbol. W is not computed in a student's grade point average.

Different guidelines pertain to summer sessions. Please consult the Schedule of Classes semester information.

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Appeal ProceduresAn appeal is a request for an exception to an established policy or rule. The content of each appeal is carefully reviewed in order to reach a decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing. They may be dropped off in the Graduate Program Services Office, Lubar Hall Room N251, or mailed to or emailed to mba-ms@uwm.edu:

MBA/MS Program Manager
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742

In order to facilitate the processing of your appeal, please include the following information in your letter:

  • Name, address, telephone number, email address, student ID number, student classification and year in school.
  • Nature of the appeal. For example, a request for late drop or withdrawal, credit overload, waiver of a requirement, etc.
  • Justification for the appeal.
  • Verification, if relevant, of information provided in the letter.

You will be notified of the decision regarding your appeal, usually by email.

Some appeals also require a Graduate School Request for Exceptionform. Please direct questions regarding the appeal procedure to the Graduate Program Services Office, 414-229-5403.

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Scorecards - Monitor Progress to DegreeOnce a year MBA and MS receive a "scorecard" from the Lubar School of Business Graduate Program Services office. The scorecard lists all courses required to complete the degree as well as the grades earned in courses completed. Scorecards are intended to help students monitor their progress and to assist in schedule planning. MBA students receive scorecards in the Fall; MS students receive their scorecards in the Spring.

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Continuation in Graduate School Continuation of graduate status in the Lubar School of Business is at the discretion of the UWM Graduate School and the faculty of the Lubar School. MBA and MS students are expected to earn "B" or better grades in all courses attempted, including the foundation and background preparation courses. 

  • A recommendation for cancellation of graduate status will result at any stage in an MBA or MS student’s program if the student’s a cumulative GPA is less than 3.000. 
  • A recommendation for cancellation of graduate status will result at any stage in an MBA or MS student's program if a D+, D, D-, F+ or F grade is earned in any course taken as a graduate student, including the foundation and background preparation courses.

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Graduate School Dean's OK PolicyIn addition to the Lubar School of Business requirements for continuation in the MBA Program, the Graduate School monitors students' progress towards graduation. A graduate student will be placed on academic warning if either condition exists:

  • the student earns a grade below a B
  • the student’s semester graduate GPA below 3.000
  • A cumulative graduate GPA below 3.000


The purpose of the "academic warning" is to remind students that performance at less than a B level is unsatisfactory since the Graduate School's minimum graduation requirement is a 3.000 in all course work taken for the graduate degree.

A graduate student will be assigned a Dean’s OK in any semester in which the student’s cumulative GPA is below 3.000. The Dean’s OK is posted to the student’s PAWS account and the student must receive permission from the Graduate School in order to continue.

To request permission to continue, the student must complete a Graduate Request for Exception form and submit it to the Graduate Program Services Office, Lubar Hall Room N251. If the Graduate Program Committee supports the request, it will be forwarded to the Graduate School for the final determination.

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Transfer of Graduate Credit

Requests for the transfer of graduate credits completed at another institution must be submitted in writing. They may be dropped off at the Graduate Programs Services Office, Lubar Hall Room N251, or mailed to:

MBA/MS Program Manager
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742

In order to facilitate the processing of your request, please include the following information in your letter: Name, address, daytime telephone number, student number, and student classification. The name and number of the course you wish to have evaluated and information on how you wish it to transfer to UWM must also be included. You should also submit with your request as much course material as you can provide such as text, syllabus, course description, assignments or examinations. The coursework will be evaluated by Lubar School of Business faculty for course equivalency and program fit.

In addition, the following rules must be met for credit transfers.

  1. 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.
  2. The school granting the original credit must be a regionally accredited institution.
  3. No more than 40% of the total number of degree credits is allowed to transfer to UWM.
  4. The equivalent grade of a B or better must have been earned.
  5. The courses must have been taken within five years prior to admission to the UWM Graduate School.
  6. Graduate courses taken as a UWM MS student may not necessarily be transferred to the MBA program. The MBA Program Committee and the Graduate School determine the extent of transferability.
  7. Courses taken as an undergraduate special student cannot be transferred to a graduate degree program.
  8. No credits may be transferred from one completed graduate degree to another, though a waiver of that course may be appropriate.
  9. Courses will not be transferred until one semester of graduate work is completed at UWM.

Response time can range from two to eight weeks so be sure to submit your request early. You will be notified in writing of the decision. Please be sure to reclaim your course materials - we cannot keep unclaimed materials. Please direct any questions regarding this procedure to the Graduate Programs Services Office, Lubar Hall Room N251.

Finally, a Transfer Credit Evaluation form filed with the Graduate School, and submitted with an official transcript of the work. The Graduate School makes the final decision on whether or not a course will be transferred.

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Grading and Related PoliciesDegree candidates take most of their coursework on a graded basis. For these courses a letter grade (A through F) is assigned. Each letter grade carries a specific number of grade points per credit. The lowest grade that carries credit toward completion of the degree is C-. The scale of grades and points is as follows:

Grade
Grade Points
Rating
A 4.00 Excellent
A- 3.67 -
B+ 3.33 -
B 3.00 Good
B- 2.67 -
C+ 2.33 -
C 2.00 Fair
C- 1.67 -
D+ 1.33 -
D 1.00 Poor
D- 0.67 -
F+ 0.00 Fail
F 0.00 Fail
There are two grade point averages computed for graduate business students.
  • The Graduate School computes overall and semester grade point averages based upon all UWM graduate credits earned or attempted. This is the grade point average which appears on the student's PAWS account.  
  • The Lubar School of Business computes a degree grade point average based upon the degree credits required to complete the Master's degree; this grade point average does not include foundation credits.

Grades for transfer credits are not included in any UWM grade point computations, even though the transferred degree credits are used to determine Lubar School of Business graduation. Courses taken at Marquette University under the reciprocal agreement are not considered transfer credits and included in all grade point average computations. In addition, UWM credits taken as "Audit" are not included in UWM grade point averages, nor do they meet graduation requirements.

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Repeat PolicyGraduate students are allowed to repeat a course once, in which a grade less than B was earned. Both attempts remain on the student's permanent record, and both are counted in the graduate grade point average (GPA) calculations. The repeated course may be counted once only toward degree requirements. Graduate students who are reinstated after receiving a D+ or lower grade must repeat courses in which a D+, D, D-, F+, or F was received because degree credits will not be granted for such grades.

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Incomplete PolicyAn "I" (incomplete) is assigned by the instructor if the student is unable to finish all the requirements for the course during the original semester of enrollment. A grade of incomplete is appropriate only when the following conditions are present:
  • The student has done satisfactory work in a substantial fraction of the course requirements prior to grading time and provides the instructor with evidence of potential success for the remaining work.
  • Extraordinary circumstances, not related to the performance in the class, such as illness or family emergency, have prevented the student from finishing the course requirements on time.
An incomplete will not be given to enable a student to do additional work to improve a grade. The instructor may deny a request for an incomplete and assign a letter grade based on the work completed to that point. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a request for an incomplete. Reasons for the request the incomplete must be acceptable to the instructor. If approved, the instructor will indicate the conditions for the removal of the incomplete including the date for submitting all remaining work.

The student also is responsible for seeing that the incomplete is removed before the agreed deadline and that the instructor has reported the grade to the Graduate School.

The instructor may change the "I" to a letter grade (including an "F") or to a "PI" (permanent incomplete) if the deadline for completion has not been met.

If the instructor does not change the incomplete to a regular letter grade within one year from assigning the incomplete grade, the incomplete will be administratively recorded as a permanent incomplete ("PI"). (A "PI" is not computed into the grade point average.) This limitation prevails whether or not the student is enrolled. The "PI" symbol cannot be changed subsequently to a regular letter grade. A student wishing credit in a course for which "PI" has been recorded must register again and complete the designated requirements. A student may not reregister for a course in which an "I" remains on the transcript.

A student may graduate with a "PI" provided all degree requirements have been met. All incompletes ("I") must be removed or changed to a "PI" before the student may graduate. The student may graduate with "PI's" on his/her record, but not "I's."

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Graduation Time Limits and RequirementsTime LimitsStudents enrolled in the MS Finance Analysis and the MBA programs must complete all requirements for the degree within seven years from the date of initial enrollment as a graduate business student at UWM.

Students enrolled in MS Accounting, MS Professional Accounting. MS ITM, MS Marketing and MS Taxation must complete all requirements for the degree within five years from the date of initial enrollment as an MS student at UWM.

Graduation RequirementsIn order to graduate, an student is required to achieve at least a 3.000 cumulative grade point average AND also to achieve at least a 3.000 cumulative grade point average on the required degree credits in their Master's program.

Application for GraduationAll students must complete an application for graduation. Masters candidates apply for graduation on PAWS when they register for their final semester. A graduation application fee will be assessed. The fee is non-refundable, but can be forwarded to subsequent semester if the student’s graduation plans change.

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Further Graduate StudyWhen a student receives a UWM graduate degree, his/her graduate standing is formally terminated. Graduates who wish to continue in a doctoral program or enter another masters program must reapply to the Graduate School for admission to that program.

Individuals who have graduated from the UWM Lubar School of Business's MBA or MS programs and individuals who have completed an MBA or MS at another AACSB accredited business school may apply for admission as a Non-Degree Candidate and may enroll in any course for which they meet the course prerequisites. Once enrolled, the student will receive continuing registration materials. For further information on this option, please contact Graduate Program Services: phone (414) 229-5403; or email mba-ms@uwm.edu.

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Academic Grievance ProcedureThe Lubar School of Business's Graduate Academic Grievance Procedure is consistent with the UWM Graduate School Procedure regarding "Appealing Academic Decisions." Further information on the Graduate School Procedure is available in the Graduate Student Handbook.

If a graduate student feels that a grievance exists:

Step 1: The student must discuss the grievance with the faculty member or administrator within 30 working days from the date of the action that prompted the grievance. If requested by the student, the faculty member or administrator shall provide the student with a written statement of the reason for the adverse decision.

Step 2: If the Step 1 discussion does not resolve the grievance the student, faculty member or administrator may file a Problem Report with Assistant Dean Student Services within 10 working days from the date of the Step 1 discussion. This report form is available in the Graduate Program Services Office (BUS N251), and the matter being grieved should be described as clearly as possible. Equally important is a clear, concise statement of the relief being sought. Supporting documents and relevant evidence in support of the grievant position should also be provided, if available. The Assistant Dean Student Services will schedule a mediation meeting within 10 working days from the date the Problem Report is received. At the end of the mediation session, the Assistant Dean Student Services will prepare a written summary and mail a copy to the parties involved. One copy is retained in the Official Grievance File.

Step 3: If dissatisfied with the result of the Step 2 mediation meeting, either involved party may request, within 10 working days from the date the Step 2 decision is communicated, that the Official Grievance File be transmitted to the School's Graduate Grievance Committee consisting of the Faculty Director of Masters (or Doctoral) Programs, the School's Investigating Officer, and the MBA (or MS) (or PhD) Committee Representative. The Grievance Committee will hear the grievance and issue a decision within 20 working days of the receipt of the file. After the decision, the Committee will prepare a written summary of the decision and mail a copy to the parties involved including the Associate Dean Academic Affairs, School of Business Administration, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Programs and Student Services in the Graduate School. One copy will be placed in the Official Grievance File that will be returned to the Assistant Dean Student Services.

Step 4:
If dissatisfied with the Step 3 decision, either party may appeal within 10 working days from the date of the notification of the Step 3 decision to the Graduate School Administration.

Note: Working-day limits are applicable only within the academic calendar year. Grievances arising or extending in time frames outside this calendar year may require additional days and will be handled as expeditiously as deemed possible, with the limit being 30 days at any step.

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Affirmative Action/HarassmentThe University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and does not discriminate in any of its education or employment practices, policies, or procedures on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or any other protected status recognized by Wisconsin or federal law. In further compliance with these laws and regulations, the University prohibits harassment and retaliation against complainants on any of these bases. Questions about the application of any of these policies may be directed to the appropriate admitting or employing office, or to the campus Office of Equal Opportunity Programs in Chapman Hall.

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