Wisconsin School of Business
Changes in Course Enrollment
Courses That Do Not Count for a BBA Degree
Academic Probation and Drop
Business Credit Limit
Residency for Degree
Date of Graduation
Graduating with Distinction
The student is expected to be familiar with university requirements and Wisconsin School of Business regulations, some of which follow.
Each student is expected to attend all assigned classes during the regular meeting times, and to take all examinations for those courses at the regularly scheduled times. In the case of excused absences the student is expected to make up the work within a reasonable time.
Changes in course enrollment may be made without an advisor's approval. A course may be added within the first two weeks of a semester; a course may be dropped during the first nine weeks of a semester. Please check current class schedule for the last day to drop courses or withdraw from the university without grades of DR or W on transcript.
It is recommended that undergraduates admitted to the Wisconsin BBA possess the skills necessary to operate a personal computer, including a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, data management, and presentation software. Students are encouraged to have their own personal computers.
Undergraduates usually enroll for 12 to 18 credits per semester. Students who need to carry more than 18 credits per semester or more than 12 credits during summer sessions must secure academic dean's approval. Students will be assessed additional fees per credit for all credits above 18.
Acct IS 300 Accounting Principles
Cnsr Sci 275 Consumer Finance
Cnsr Sci 665 Household Risk Management
Ind Engr 313 Engineering Economic Analysis
Students are allowed a total of 8 degree credits of physical education/dance/kinesiology toward a BBA degree.
For academic probation and drop policy, see this website.
Undergraduate business students who are in good academic standing may take only one (1) course as pass/fail per semester including the summer session.
A maximum of 12 total credits may be completed as pass/fail to count towards completion of the 120 degree credits required for the BBA.
The following courses cannot be taken pass/fail:
- all business courses including those designated as "meets with" and "cross-listed"
- any requirement for the Business major or degree, including, but not limited to, pre-business and liberal studies requirements
Students can earn one credit for practical experience acquired through an internship position. To earn this credit, students must enroll for General Business 450. This course is repeatable for a total of 3 credits, and it is credit/no credit (nongraded). More information about General Business 450 can be found here. In addition, students participating in an extended internship or professional business experience for at least six months can earn credit and maintain full-time student status while away from campus by enrolling in General Business 451. More information about General Business 451 can be found here.
Undergraduate students may not take more than 75 credits of Wisconsin School of Business courses.
Students admitted to the Wisconsin BBA at UW–Madison who transfer from another college or university must complete a minimum of 30 credits in business courses. These courses must be offered by the Wisconsin School of Business and taken as a UW–Madison student to satisfy degree requirements for the BBA. Students can use a maximum of two courses taken at another school to satisfy requirements of the Wisconsin BBA major that are not part of the Wisconsin BBA core. Individual departments may have a more restrictive policy on transfer courses.
The Wisconsin School of Business will graduate a student at the end of the semester (spring, summer or fall) in which all BBA degree and business major requirements are complete. Graduation will not be postponed for any incomplete Wisconsin School of Business certificate(s), specialization(s), or honors program(s); or additional certificate(s) or major(s) outside the Wisconsin School of Business.
The Office of the Registrar compiles a preliminary list of business students eligible for distinction. These students are eligible to wear an honors stole with their commencement attire. The BBA Advising Center will notify eligible students via email 2-3 weeks before the commencement ceremony.
Distinction is awarded to graduated business students who meet the following criteria:
- At least sixty (60) credits earned (in residence) at UW-Madison
- A cumulative UW-Madison GPA in the top twenty percent (20%) of the graduating business class
Please note that students on the preliminary list for distinction may or may not receive distinction. The distinction designation is subject to change and is dependent upon official graduation date (semester), number of students graduating, and final grade calculations, including last semester and in-progress courses.
Students who graduate with distinction are eligible to wear a cardinal stole with their commencement attire. The stoles can be obtained from the University Bookstore with a deposit and do not need to be ordered in advance. More information on graduation attire can be found on the site of the Secretary of the Faculty.
“Graduated with Distinction” is notated on official transcripts only.
A student who finds it necessary to withdraw during a semester or summer session must drop all their courses and complete the online withdrawal request in the Student Center. Failure to do so may result in a recording of Failure for all courses and a "may not continue" action. Any student may withdraw with permission and without grades being recorded at any time up to the last three weeks of a semester or up to the last two weeks of a summer session.