Congratulations on your admittance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Evening MBA Program at the Wisconsin School of Business. We are pleased that you’ll be a part of this program and we look forward to working with you.
Below you will find some helpful student services information for a successful transition to the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program. If you have any questions or suggestions for the new admit web pages, please contact Tammy Weisensel (Tammy.Weisensel@wisc.edu) or Lynn Snyder (Lynn.Snyder@wisc.edu).
Much of the benefit that you and your fellow classmates receive from this program depends upon your full attendance and participation in all aspects of the EMBA program. Therefore, you are required to arrange your job and personal affairs so that you can fully participate.
The program will try to accommodate occasional and limited mandatory work absences, occasional and limited absences due to illness, and occasional absences due to major life events. The program does not accommodate absences for vacation or any other leisure activities.
Please review the academic class calendar upon your admission into the program. If there are any dates that you will not be able to attend class, please contact Tammy Weisensel, Assistant Director of Academic Resources and Student Affairs (Tammy.Weisensel@wisc.edu) or Lynn Snyder, Director of Academic Resources and Student Affairs (Lynn.Snyder@wisc.edu) to evaluate your individual situation and to develop a plan. In order to successfully complete the Graduate School’s degree requirements and the Executive & Evening MBA Program office attendance obligations, we maintain an attendance policy. If you are unable to regularly attend courses, you may need to consider withdrawing from the program until your schedule better accommodates the required curriculum. We will be happy to discuss this further with you should absences or illness exceed the amount of time you miss within the curriculum.
Before the start of each semester, you will receive information via email about the textbooks and/or books you need to purchase for your upcoming semester of courses. While the University Bookstore on State Street in Madison will stock the books you need, most Wisconsin Evening MBA students tend to make their purchases through Amazon.com due to convenience and pricing.
The breakout rooms in the East wing of Grainger Hall are as follows: 2473, 2475, 2477, 2525, 3301*, 3305, 3307, 3309, 3311*, 3315, 3317, 3319 (*have technology in them) – we have these reserved on Fridays and Saturdays during EMBA weekends (except 3301 which is first-come, first-served –> details below).
Wisconsin School of Business Integrated Breakout Room Guidelines
- Wisconsin School of Business East Wing breakout rooms are available during Grainger Hall building hours for use by all MBA students.
- Rooms may be used by all MBA students without reservation, but on-demand reservations have priority.
- Reserving the room “on-demand” is pretty much like looking into the space and determining if it is open then going in except that you can reserve the space for two hours through the room wizard and have priority over someone else coming to the room. As a student walks up to a room, there should be a small square box called a room wizard in which they can check the availability of the room. To reserve it on-demand they would simply click the ‘Use Now’ button on the screen and can reserve for up to 2 hours.
- Room 3301 may only be used for collaborative group projects with a minimum of three students working in the space. The space is not intended for individual work and there is a 2 hour reservation restriction per group.
- The spaces are designed for MBA teams.
- If you are a MBA student and your WisCard does not access the rooms, contact Lynn Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammy Weisensel at email@example.com in the EEMBA Programs Office for assistance.
- Breakout room usage is monitored on a random basis.
- The Wisconsin School of Business is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Please clean the whiteboard and room when finished.
Business Library Study Rooms
There will be six breakout rooms available on the second floor of Grainger Hall along Brooks Street. Rooms can be reserved at http://bus.ems.wisc.edu/ and keys can be checked out in Room 1320 in the East Atrium between the Plenary Room and the water feature.
Breakout rooms will be available Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 9pm, Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm.
The Business Learning Center helps students excel by providing ancillary academic support in quantitatively based business-related courses. While most of the open study sessions are geared toward undergraduate courses and are offered during regular business hours, learning assistance (tutoring) can be provided to Evening MBA students (individuals or groups) upon special request. Please visit the Business Learning Center website to learn more.
There are no special calculator needs for your first year accounting or economics courses. A basic calculator will do. With regard to finance, please check your finance syllabus for any specific financial calculator recommendations, as each professor has his/her own preference.
With a few clicks of the mouse, a user can highlight a route to a building, find the building where a certain department is located, see which buses pass by a bus stop, or find the distance between two points using an easy-to-use ruler using the online campus map at http://www.map.wisc.edu.
Our mission is to prepare Wisconsin Executive MBA students to enhance their marketability by providing them career management resources and individualized career coaching services. Career Management assists students with career-related topics such as career exploration, resumes, interviewing, salary negotiations, and more.
Please review the cohort calendar for all class dates. Attendance is expected at all classes and orientation dates. The program will try to accommodate occasional and limited mandatory work absences, occasional and limited absences due to illness, and occasional absences due to major life events. The program does not accommodate absences for vacation or any other leisure activities.
Please review the academic class calendar upon your admission into the program. If there are any dates that you will not be able to attend class, please contact Tammy Weisensel, Assistant Director, Academic Resources and Student Affairs (Tammy.Weisensel@wisc.edu) or Lynn Snyder, Director, Academic Resources and Student Affairs (Lynn.Snyder@wisc.edu) to evaluate your individual situation and to develop a plan. Should absences due to mandatory work or illness exceed the amount of time you can miss and still be academically successful in the program, you may need to step out of the program for a period of time or permanently withdraw from the program in order to successfully fulfill the Graduate School's degree requirements to graduate.
Your regular Wisconsin Evening MBA schedule consists of classes on Mondays and Thursdays. Your classes run 6:15 p.m–8:55 p.m. with a 10-minute break at the instructor’s discretion. In the case of a federal holiday held on a Monday (for example, Labor Day or Memorial Day or Martin Luther King Day), your Monday class will be moved to Tuesday. In the case of a federal holiday held on a Thursday (for example, Thanksgiving), your Thursday class will be moved to Tuesday. Please refer to the curriculum for additional information.
Milwaukee-area residents are provided with complimentary private coach bus service to and from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business (Grainger Hall) on all Evening MBA school nights. Pick-up and drop-off occurs from the Intermodal station in downtown Milwaukee and the park-and-ride at Goerke’s Corners in Brookfield. The coach service will be in service for mandatory orientation. Detailed pick-up/drop-off schedule information for the coach shuttle service will be sent to students along with the orientation schedule in late summer. You can also find the schedule below:
|Evening MBA Private Coach Bus Schedule
||Begin loading at the Intermodal Station
||Depart from the Intermodal Station
||Arrive Goerke's Corner and begin loading
||Depart from Goerke's Corner
||Arrive Grainger Hall for 6:15pm class start
||Begin loading at Grainger Hall (on N. Park St)
||Depart Grainger Hall
||Arrive Goerke's Corner
||Arrive Intermodal Station
Course materials are provided to each student at no additional charge. As a new student, you will receive access to course materials in August for your first two classes; we are providing a tablet instead of course binders. All of your materials will be accessed electronically via the device and the course website.
The Wisconsin Evening MBA Program has a Student Business Center, which has desktop computers as well as a printer, copier, and telephone. This Student Business Center is available to all Evening MBA and Executive MBA students.
The Wisconsin School of Business Library has 40 desktop computers which are connected to printers at the circulation desk on the main floor. In addition, the Business Library has 25 laptop computers that can function either as a Mac or a PC. They can be checked out at the circulation desk for up to three days.
In addition, more than 1,000 computers are available in the 14 general-access labs located on campus. Even if you have your own computer, you can use the printers, scanners, CD burning, and digital editing resources available in the labs; see https://it.wisc.edu/services/computer-labs-infolabs/. Wireless laptop computers are available for short-term checkout at several of the labs; see http://ecs.library.wisc.edu/. Campus computer kiosks also provide Internet access in many campus locations; see https://it.wisc.edu/services/kiosks/.
Most campus buildings (including Grainger Hall which houses the Wisconsin School of Business) provide access to the Uinversity of Wisconsin-Madison wireless network. The campus wireless network is fast, about 20 times faster than a 56-kbps modem connection, and is available in over 70% of all campus buildings. You have the portability of a cell telephone, with access to the web, email, and other services. To learn more, visit https://it.wisc.edu/about/division-of-information-technology/doit-departments/network-services/
Each student receives a free Internet service account with a unique NetID, that includes UW email (WiscMail), online calendar (WiscCal), online file storage and web space (UW Box), and more. A website called My UW-Madison provides a personal entry point to these services and to vital campus information including courses and registration, advising, financial aid, and more. To learn more about these resources, register for the Computing@UW Orientation at https://at.doit.wisc.edu/training/software-training-for-students/. This is a free, one-hour session providing important user information. Attendees receive a $5 DoIT Tech Store gift card and are entered into a drawing for additional prizes. While registering for an orientation session on the Software Training for Students website, check out and register for other free classes on popular software programs including basic computing, web design, graphics, business applications, animation, music, and video.
Most UW-Madison students own computers, but you also have free use of more than 1,000 computers in 19 campus computer labs, on-the-go access with over 120 computer kiosks in many popular campus locations, and over 600 wireless laptops that can be checked out from multiple campus locations.
You don’t need a new computer, but you need one with ample processing speed and memory and the capability to support fast network connections. what you need really depends on what you are going to do with your laptop. More intensive tasks such as 3D gaming and HD-video editing require more expensive components.
- CPU: The least expensive laptops on the market have AMD E Series or Intel Pentium/Celeron CPUs, which will struggle to handle intensive productivity, gaming or media tasks, but can handle Web surfing, email and social networks use. To handle productivity most efficiently, you will want to look for nothing less than an Intel Core i3 or even better, and Intel Core i5 processor. Power users and gamers should settle for no less than a Core i7 system, preferably a quad-core chip.
- RAM: When it comes to memory, or RAM, most laptops have 4GB these days. If you can get a system with 6GB to 8GB, you'll be better prepared for high-end applications and lots of multitasking.
- Hard Drive/SSD: For most users, a fast drive is more important than a large one. Solid State Drives (SSDs) are becoming more popular because SSDs provide twice to three times the speed of SATA hard drive counterparts. However, SSDs are usually more expensive and come in much lower 128/256GB capacities. If you need more capacity, go for a 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive over a 5,400-rpm SATA unit. Even if you have several movies and games on your hard drive, a 320GB should provide more than enough space, but 500GB or 750GB drives usually don't cost much more.
- Flash Cache: Some Ultrabooks and traditional laptops come with 8, 16 or 32GB flash caches that can increase performance when paired with a traditional SATA hard drive. While it won't make your computer as fast as an SSD would, a flash cache will help boost load and boot times while allowing you to store all your data on a large hard drive.
- Display: The more pixels you have, the more content you can fit on screen, and the sharper it will look. Most mainstream notebooks come with 1366 x 768-pixel resolutions. With higher resolution, you'll see more of your favorite web pages, multitask better and have an improved movie-watching experience. Full HD panels (1920 x 1080) will definitely add to the cost of your laptop.
- Touch Screen: Windows 8 is more immersive with a touch screen. However, touch screens add weight and make the machine consume more power than non-touch counterparts.
- Graphics Chip: For the most part, an Integrated Graphics Chip (one that shares system memory) will be sufficient for basic tasks, including surfing the Web, watching video and even playing some mainstream games. But a Discrete Graphics Processor from AMD or Nvidia makes a huge difference when you're running intensive applications (i.e. engineering) or playing the most-demanding games. Such a processor will have dedicated video memory. Plus, a good GPU can accelerate video playback on sites such as Hulu, while also speeding up video editing. As with CPUs, there are both high- and low-end graphics chips.
- DVD/Blu-ray Drives: Fewer and fewer laptops these days come with optical drives. That's because you can download most software, and download or stream video from the Web. Unless you burn discs or want to watch Blu-ray movies, you don't need one of these drives and can save as much as half a pound of weight by avoiding them.
For your primary computing needs, a laptop or desktop will offer the most flexibility and computing power. Desktops offer the most power for your dollar at the cost of limited portability. Laptops are consistently the most popular choice for their balance of power, portability, and cost. 97% of UW-Madison students report using a laptop for their computing needs. As companion devices, netbooks and tablets can be great options. Both are low cost and highly portable, but can be limited in their ability to access certain software. Be sure to consult your area of study for any specific recommendations and talk to a Tech Store consultant to review your options.
Both platforms are used and supported on the UW-Madison campus, and both provide the necessary student computing tools. A good rule of thumb is, “go with what you know.” But also be sure to consult your major area of study for any specific recommendations.
Prices are constantly changing, due to promotions and the introduction of newer components. Generally, the longer you wait to buy, the more you get for your money. But be aware that orders tend to increase as the fall semester approaches, which could delay the arrival of your computer. However, having your computer early will allow you to familiarize yourself with its operation and all the resources that will be available to you from My UW, wisc.edu, and other critical campus websites.
The DoIT Tech Store, http://techstore.doit.wisc.edu, has educational discount programs with Dell and Apple. We stock and sell a select number of standard Dell computers and provide a link to Dell’s Higher Education online store to build and order customized versions of most any Dell computer. We also stock and sell all standard Apple computers and provide a link to the Apple Store for Education to build and order customized versions of these systems. Educational discounts usually amount to a savings of up to 7%. See the Division of Information Technology’s (DoIT) online computing checklist at https://it.wisc.edu/guides/computing-checklist/ for recommended systems.
You will find that having a personal laptop will assist in your academic coursework. We also recommend that you use a personal owned machine. We have run into complications with employer owned machines due to restrictions to install required software. Occasionally, an instructor will recommend software to install and having an employer owned machine will not allow the installation of this software without contacting your company's technical support. If you have no other options and must use an employer owned machine, please let us know and we will get the software you need installed in advance.
If you plan on bringing an existing laptop to campus or if you plan on purchasing a new laptop we recommend that it meets the following configuration:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 or i7
- Memory: 4 GB or more
- Hard Drive: 500 GB
- Optical Drive: DVD+-RW (Optional)
To make sure that your computer will serve you well for the next 3 to 4 years we recommend that you consider increasing your system choices on CPU, Memory and Hard Drive
A consultant at our DoIT Tech Store can provide more detailed advice on your unique needs.
DoIT is authorized to provide warranty services on most Apple and Dell computers. We can service many off-brand PCs, but cannot honor their warranties. DoIT provides a free virus evaluation, detection, and removal service. For a standard fee, we provide other installation and repair services for selected software and hardware, including installation of memory, network cards, and other upgrade products purchased at DoIT. You can find more warranty information at https://kb.wisc.edu/showroom/page.php?id=10002.
Yes, you can also connect to the Internet from shared campus facilities such as the campus computer labs, Internet kiosks, or wireless laptops that you can check out for up to three days from most campus computer labs. Some department computer labs are available to students enrolled in certain courses.
The type of connection you will need depends on where you are located. DOIT provides two wireless networks you can connect to free of charge. You can find instructions and support documents at https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=4. If you still are not able to connect, please contact DOIT at 608-264-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend recent versions of the following software:
- Operating System (Windows 7 or Windows 8; Mac OS X 10.6 or later) with latest security updates.
- Office Suite (such as Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, Open Office, or other office solution) with latest security updates.
- AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware (Symantec Endpoint Protection/AntiVirus).
- Firewall (included in Windows 7/8 and Mac OS X).
- Web Browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome) with latest security updates.
DoIT has great deals on popular Microsoft products (Windows 8, and Office for Windows or Mac starting at $70) and a variety of Adobe graphics and multimedia software. You can buy these products in person at the DoIT Tech Store or at https://www.doit.wisc.edu/services/software. Many other popular software programs are also available for purchase at educational discounts at the DoIT Tech Store and via Wisc, http://wiscsoftware.wisc.edu/wisc/. All purchases require a valid UW-Madison ID. Some products such as Microsoft and Adobe products require students to sign a license agreement.
Every computer connected to the university network must have the latest security-related patches and must run up-to-date antivirus software. Personal firewall and anti-spyware software are also highly recommended. The DoIT Help Desk has more information about security updates for Windows and Mac OS X. Symantec AntiVirus software is available to UW-Madison students at no charge and can be obtained in several ways: You can download these Symantec software products for free (a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended). You are responsible for taking measures to secure your computer, protect your identity, and avoid copyright infringement per campus policy. See https://it.wisc.edu/about/office-of-the-cio/cybersecurity/ for more information on campus security.
DoIT provides full Help Desk services. Phone, chat, and email support is accessible seven days a week. At helpdesk.wisc.edu, you will find answers to most common computing questions. Visit the walk-in Help Desk at any of our three locations: in the Computer Sciences Building at 1210 W. Dayton Street, in the Memorial Union at 800 Langdon Street, or in the Health Sciences Learning Center at 750 Highland Avenue.
A light meal and beverages are provided by the Wisconsin Evening & Executive MBA program office mid-point through the evening when Evening MBA classes are in session. Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase before classes at the Capital Café or vending machines. Please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have so we may accommodate your needs.
An educational highlight of the Wisconsin Evening & Executive MBA program is the required Global Learning Experience during the second year of the program. The primary goal of the experience is to provide first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges of initiating, continuing, and expanding business abroad.
The Global Learning Experience will occur during the summer term of your second year. The destination is selected with attention to the interests of students, educational opportunities the region provides, organizational needs, and worldwide trends. Your program destination will be announced at the new student orientation.
Parking at UW-Madison's Wisconsin School of Business (Grainger Hall's Lot 7, an underground garage entered from Brooks Street) is provided at no additional cost for Evening MBA students. Parking permits will be mailed to students in late summer, and they are valid Monday through Friday after 4:00 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday. Some restrictions apply to Saturday parking in Grainger Hall for special events. You will be informed when Evening MBA parking is not valid for Saturdays in Grainger Hall along with alternate parking options.
If for some reason Lot 7 is full, please park in the Fluno Center Lot 83. Click here for the Fluno Center parking map.
WisLine, run by UW Extension, is a conference call service available to UW students. This will allow you to work with your assigned group in a convenient forum at times that suit your needs. For more information, visit their website at http://ics.uwex.edu/. For other support information, including how-to's, frequently asked questions, and contact information, check the Wisline support page: http://ics.uwex.edu/support/.
The Evening MBA degree is awarded in three years. Instructional tuition and fees are set in the summer prior to the start of the fall semester each of the three years of the program. More information can be found at Academics, Billing, and Financial Aid.
The Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA program office is located at 975 University Avenue, 2310 Grainger Hall, Madison, WI 53706 (phone 608-263-1169). The program office is generally open in the evenings on all Evening MBA school nights for advising and assistance. Students can meet with staff on other evenings as well by appointment. Contact information can be found at Contact Us.