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 Lynn Snyder (lynn.snyder@wisc.edu) or Matthew Burnette (matthew.burnette@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 Lynn Snyder, Director of Academic Resources and Student Affairs (lynn.snyder@wisc.edu) or Matthew Burnette, Assistant Director of Academic Resources and Student Affairs (matthew.burnette@wisc.eduto 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, 3337 (*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 an MBA student and your WisCard does not access the rooms, contact Lynn Snyder at lynn.snyder@wisc.edu or Matthew Burnette at matthew.burnette@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 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 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.

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 University's “MyUW” online portal. This portal will also provide access to vital campus information including courses, registration, advising, financial aid, and more.

How do I connect to the WiFi networks?

DoIT provides two wireless networks, eduroam and UWNet, that you can connect to free of charge. Instructions and support documents can be found in the universities KnowledgeBase here.

 

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?

All UW students have a free Microsoft Office Subscription, a university email and online Office 365 access, unlimited online cloud storage through UW Box, and many more.

We recommend recent versions of the following software:

  • Newest Operating System (Windows 10) with latest security updates.
  • Microsoft Office Suite with latest security updates.
  • AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware (Symantec Endpoint Protection or MalwareBytes)

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 Learning Experience

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

The Global Learning Experience will be in spring of your second year. The 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

As a newly admitted Executive MBA (EMBA) student, you are required to stay on campus during Immersion Week. The Evening & Executive MBA Program Office will arrange the payment for the first year students attending the Executive MBA 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 25% discount rate as an EMBA student at the Fluno Center or at the Inntowner only during class session weekends (Thursday and Friday nights). 

Both hotels 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 at Fluno by contacting reservations toll free at (877) 77-FLUNO (35866) or direct at (608) 441-7117. To reserve a room at the Inntowner please contact Missy Dettwiler at mdettwiler@inntowner.com or (608) 233-1672.

During your second year as an EMBA student you are eligible for the 25% lodging subsidy on EMBA weekends  at the Fluno Center or Inntowner. 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/Inntowner. You are not required to stay on campus during Immersion Week of your second year. Alternate lodging information will be shared in the spring of your first year if you wish to stay on campus for your second Immersion Week.

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 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: You are not required to stay on campus during Immersion Week of your second year. Alternate lodging information will be shared in the spring of your first year if you wish to stay on campus for your second Immersion Week.

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 designated days for special university events. You will be notified when parking in Grainger is not valid for EMBA students on Saturdays along with alternate parking options.

 If you are parking on campus at times other than class periods, you will need to remove your parking permit hang tag and pay for parking.

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 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/.