PhD Minor Guidelines

For non-business doctoral students (9 credits required)
UW–Madison doctoral students from departments outside of the Wisconsin School of Business should follow these guidelines for a minor involving business coursework. Any minor earned through the Wisconsin School of Business appears as “Business” on a transcript and not from a specific department.

Option 1: Complete a minor within one Wisconsin School of Business department (Accounting, Finance, Management and Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Information Management, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, or Risk Management). All courses/credits taken must be graded (A-F).

Option 2: Complete a general business minor made up of coursework from multiple departments (same as above) within the Wisconsin School of Business.

For both options above, an interested student should complete the following steps:

  • Meet with a major advisor in your home department to determine the business subjects most relevant to your program and/or research.
  • Print and complete your portion of the Minor Agreement Form.
  • Consult with WSB faculty in the area(s) where coursework is being considered. This faculty member will sign your Minor Agreement Form to indicate approval of the course(s) shown for that field of study.
  • Submit the completed Minor Agreement Form to the PhD Program Office (3115 Grainger Hall) for final approval.

Coursework should begin only after receiving final written approval. A copy of the approved agreement will be kept in the PhD Program Office. It is strongly recommended that you have a copy of this agreement placed in your permanent file in your home (major) department.

If you have questions about the Wisconsin School of Business minor options, faculty representatives, or the Minor Agreement Form, please contact the PhD coordinator ( or visit 3115 Grainger Hall.