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May 13, 2013

UW MBA Consortium, a Totally Online MBA Program, Graduates its 250th Student

UW MBA ConsortiumThe University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium graduated its 250th student in December 2012 and will add 22 additional graduates to its alumni list on May 18th. Students from both graduating classes will be recognized at the MBA Celebration Reception held Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center Dakota Ballroom. The reception will begin immediately following the afternoon commencement ceremony.

UW MBA Consortium student profile

  • Gender: 55% male; 45% female.
  • Average age: 30. The oldest graduate was 84.
  • Education: 50% business degrees; 50% non-business
  • Careers: accounting, business, education, engineering, financial services, health care, information technology, management, military service, sales and marketing
  • Location: 80% of come from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Michigan, and Illinois. 20% come from across the United States and Canada, with a small representation from outside North America.

The MBA Consortium, a partnership of four AACSB accredited business schools—UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Parkside—has offered a totally online MBA degree program since 2004. The first students to receive a UW MBA Consortium degree were graduated in 2008.

Approximately 300 totally online students are enrolled in the MBA Consortium Program. An additional 600 or so students from the four partner schools’ on-campus MBA programs also take courses in the program each year.

The program brings a wide variety of students together with professors from the four partner schools to share current knowledge and to expand their expertise. About half of the students who enter the program have undergraduate business degrees; the remaining half have degrees in other disciplines and take a preparatory program of foundation courses before they begin the degree program. Among its students are physicians, accountants, engineers, nurses, managers, small business owners, sales specialists, financial analysts, teachers—almost every profession is represented.

“The UW MBA Consortium program gave me a great and convenient opportunity to expand my business understanding in a stimulating and encouraging environment…with gifted and dedicated professors combined with students from different backgrounds,” writes one recent UW MBA Consortium graduate. “…Compared to some other programs, this approach offers an additional benefit.”

To learn more about the UW MBA Consortium, contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, MBA director at erffmerc@uwec.edu.

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