Congratulations on your admittance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Executive 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 Executive 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 (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 & Course Materials

Books and course materials are provided to each student at no additional charge; as a government funded institution students can opt out of the program purchasing their course materials. A follow up email regarding this option will be sent to students at a later date. As a new student, you will receive access to course materials in August for your first two classes. Your materials will be accessed electronically via the provided device and the course website.

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) There are also three rooms on the first floor by the Plenary room (1320, 1327, 1329).

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

To utilize these rooms, please visit https://www.library.wisc.edu/business/ and on left side select Reserve a Room under the Services heading. Login with your Net ID and scroll over reservations, then select Reserve Library Study Group Room. Select the date, time and room. There are 7 rooms on the 2nd floor which have boards in them and 6 rooms on the 3rdfloor which computers/screens in them.

Please note:

  1. Students may reserve study rooms no more than one week in advance.
  2. Study rooms may be reserved for no more than two hours. Depending on availability, a group may reserve a room for an additional two-hour period after their initial time has expired.
  3. A current UW-Madison ID is required when checking out a study room. Persons without a current UW-Madison ID may not use these rooms.
  4. Persons reserving a study room have 15 minutes following the reserved time to occupy the room. The room may be re-assigned after this time.
  5. Study rooms must be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library closing time.
  6. tudy rooms are locked at all times and are only available for use during the hours the library is open.
  7. The rooms may only be used for purposes associated with the curriculum of the University.

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 Executive 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 economics class. For your finance class, please check your finance syllabus for any specific financial calculator recommendations, as each professor has his/her own preference.

Calendar

Please review the cohort calendar for all class dates. 

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 Evening 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 Schedule

Your typical EMBA Friday/Saturday class schedule is as follows:

Friday Saturday
Start of Class 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Break 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Continue Class I 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Start of Class II 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Break 2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
 Continue Class II  3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

For your schedule of classes, please refer to the curriculum.

Computing Environment

The Wisconsin Executive 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/.

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

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 http://sts.doit.wisc.edu/computing-at-UW.aspx. 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.

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?

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.

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

As an incoming Executive MBA student, you will be provided with a tablet computer instead of course binders.

This tablet should meet all your portable computing needs while you are on campus and attending classes or working on group projects. You can also use the wireless connection to check personal or work accounts during breaks. Most students will not need to carry an additional personal computer. However, if you do wish to use another personal computer on campus, you can review the technology requirements and recommendations from the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Should I get a Macintosh or Windows computer?

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.

Should I buy a new computer?

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.

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. 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.

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. 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 help@doit.wisc.edu.

What software do I need?

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.

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?

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.

Food and Beverages

A continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages are provided by the Executive MBA Program. Additional food and beverage options are available for purchase at Grainger Hall's Capital Café or vending machines. Please let any Evening and Executive MBA Program office staff know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have so we may accommodate your needs.

Global Program

An educational highlight of the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is the required global program during the second year of the program. The primary goal of the global program in the Executive MBA Program is to provide firsthand experience of the opportunities and challenges of initiating, continuing, and expanding business abroad.

The global program will be in spring of your second year. The global program 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 during immersion week.

Hotel Reservations - Fluno Center

As a newly admitted Executive MBA (EMBA) student, you are required to stay at the Fluno Center during Orientation and Immersion Week. The Evening & Executive MBA Program Office will arrange payment with the Fluno Center for the first year students attending the Executive MBA Orientation/Immersion Week program.

If you live out of-town and need overnight accommodations on Thursday and/or Friday nights for Friday/Saturday classes during the academic school year, you are eligible to receive a 50% discount rate as an EMBA student at the Fluno Center only during class session weekends (Thursday and Friday nights).  The Fluno Center lodging rate for EMBA weekends is $132.00 per night.  

The Fluno Center does have limited-to-zero vacancy during peak periods (especially around Homecoming weekend in October and graduation weekend in mid-May), so it’s best to make your reservations early and then cancel later if you no longer require lodging.  You can reserve a room by contacting reservations toll free at (877) 77-FLUNO (35866) or direct at (608) 441-7117.

During your second year as an EMBA student you are eligible for the 50% lodging subsidy on EMBA weekends only at the Fluno Center. You must make your own reservations and if cancellations are not made in the appropriate time,  as a “no show” you are personally responsible for the full lodging cost paid directly to the Fluno Center.

Immersion Week and Classes: Mandatory Residence On Campus

During the first week of your first year in the Executive MBA Program, all first-year students are required to stay on campus for immersion week. There are no lodging charges to first-year students for this required orientation or first week on-campus as it is included in your tuition and fees. The EMBA program office will book your hotel reservations for this first week only in the program. For all school days after this first-year Immersion Week, you will need to book your own hotel reservations throughout the school year if you’ll attend EMBA classes from out of town and need lodging. Note: there is no mandatory on-campus residency for second-year students.

Parking

Parking at Grainger Hall Lot 7 and at the Fluno Center Lot 83 (underground garages) is provided for Executive MBA students. Restricted parking permits will be mailed to students over the summer, and they are valid Thursdays after 4:00 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking in Grainger Hall is not valid for EMBA students on desginated days for special university events. You will be notifed when parking in Grainger is not valid for EMBA students on Saturdays along with alternate parking options.

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://www.uwex.edu/ics/wisline/. 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

The Executive MBA degree is awarded in two years. Instructional tuition and fees are set in the summer prior to the start of the fall semester each year of the program. Additional 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 for any activities or classes related to the Executive MBA Program along with normal business hours 8:00am - 5:00pm. Students can meet with staff 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 access online resources, go to https://www.library.wisc.edu/business/.