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).

Attendance

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.

Books

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.

Breakout Rooms/Study Rooms

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 lynn.snyder@wisc.edu or Tammy Weisensel at tammy.weisensel@wisc.edu 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.

Business Learning Center

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.

Calculator

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.

Campus Map

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.

Career Management Services

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.

Class Calendar

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.

Class Times

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.

Coach Service from Milwaukee

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
   
3:50pm Begin loading at the Intermodal Station
4:00pm Depart from the Intermodal Station
4:30pm Arrive Goerke's Corner and begin loading
4:40pm Depart from Goerke's Corner
6:00pm Arrive Grainger Hall for 6:15pm class start
   
8:55pm Begin loading at Grainger Hall (on N. Park St)
9:15pm Depart Grainger Hall
10:25pm Arrive Goerke's Corner
10:40pm Arrive Intermodal Station

 

Course Packets

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.

Computing Environment

All Evening MBA and Executive MBA students will have access to a Student Business Center; equipped with desktop computers, printers, and copiers. This center is primarily designed to facilitate group work during class breaks.

The Wisconsin School of Business Learning Commons has 50 desktop computers which are connected to printers. The library also has over 25 laptops that can run both Mac and Windows Operating Systems, these devices can be checked out at the circulation desk for up to three days.

In addition, more than 1,000 computers are available in 14 general-access labs located throughout campus. All students have access to these locations; to learn more about the printers, scanners, and digital editing resources available please see https://it.wisc.edu/services/computer-labs-infolabs/. Laptops can also be checked out from several of the labs; to see the number of available devices at each location please see https://ecs.library.wisc.edu/.

What technology resources are available and how can I learn more about them?

All MBA students will receive a unique university NetID, providing access to a variety of services including: A free Microsoft Office Subscription, university email and online Office 365 access, unlimited online cloud storage through UW Box, and many more. Access to these services will primarily go through the Universities “My UW-Madison” online portal. This portal will also provide access to vital campus information including courses, registration, advising, financial aid, and more.

How many students own computers and what if I don't bring a computer to campus?

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.

Do I need to buy a new computer or can I just bring one from home?

A new computer is not necessary, as all incoming Evening & Executive MBA students will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro. This device offers a touch screen, detachable keyboard, and pen that allows for an excellent studying experience.

While not recommended due to the team work intensive curriculum of the MBA, you can choose to use a home device for classes. If this is the case, please look for a laptop that meets the universities recommended checklist, this can be found at https://techstore.wisc.edu/general-recommendations/.

Laptop vs. netbook vs. desktop? What about a netbook or tablet?

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.

Netbooks and tablets can be great options for personal use, but are not recommended as the primary device for schoolwork due to limitations with compatible softwares.

Should I get a Macintosh or Windows computer?

As both the Evening and Executive MBA curriculums extensively use excel, Windows devices are recommended. A Mac computer will be difficult to use as the formulas, hotkeys and other important Excel features are tougher to use with the different keyboard layout. 

Should I buy a new computer?

A new computer is not necessary as all incoming Evening & Executive MBA students will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro Device. The touchscreen, detachable keyboard, and pen allow the Surface to be the primary device for taking notes, working in teams, and general web browsing usage.

What kinds of computers do you sell or recommend?

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.

Will DoIT provide warranty or other repair work on my computer?

DoIT is authorized to provide warranty services on most Apple and Dell computers. They 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, they provide other installation and repair services for selected software and hardware, including installation of memory, network cards, and other upgrade products purchased at DoIT. More warranty information can be found at https://kb.wisc.edu/showroom/page.php?id=10002.

Are there other Internet connection options?

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.

How do I connect my computer to the Internet?

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.Instructions and support documents can be found in the universities KnowledgeBase 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 help@doit.wisc.edu.

What software do I need?

We recommend recent versions of the following software:

  • Newest Operating System with security updates: Windows 10 or OSX  High Sierra
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware: Symantec Endpoint Protection or MalwareBytes.

What software do you sell?

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.

Are there campus security requirements?

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.

What if my computer, network connection, or software doesn't work?

The university has an extensive KnowledgeBase with solutions for many technical issues, documents can be found at https://kb.wisc.edu/.

 

The DoIT HelpDesk also provides phone, chat, and email support seven days a week from 7AM-11PM. Contact information can be found at https://it.wisc.edu/services/help-desk/.

 

There are also three walk in locations throughout campus:

  • Computer Sciences Building at 1210 W. Dayton Street
  • Memorial Union at 800 Langdon Street,
  • Health Sciences Learning Center at 750 Highland Avenue.

Food and beverages

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.

Global Learning Experience

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

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.

Team Conference Calls (Wisline)

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/.

Tuition and Fees

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.

Wisconsin Evening & Executive MBA Program Office

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.

Wisconsin School of Business Library

The Business Library is located in room 2200 of Grainger Hall. To learn more and/or to access the online resources, go to https://www.library.wisc.edu/business/.