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Are you looking to step up to a new academic challenge? Apply to the Lubar School’s Business Scholars Program — the only business honors program in Wisconsin.

As a Business Scholar, you’ll benefit from smaller class sizes and a level of academic rigor that will keep you challenged. You’ll be exposed to hands-on learning through interesting case studies and group projects. And you’ll get individualized attention from faculty who enjoy your intellectual curiosity and a designated program advisor. You’ll also have access to Lubar School special events, Scholars orientation, corporate visits, and a special graduation celebration.

The Business Scholars Program is a selective program that admits students of all majors in one of two ways: ​(1) some high-achieving high school students are extended a direct admission invitation into the program beginning the first semester of their freshman year or (2) high-achieving freshmen can apply to enter the program at the end of  their freshmen year and start the program sophomore year.

Timely admission into the Honors College will be looked upon favorably when applications are evaluated.

For More Information

Mary Moore-Geissler
Senior Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N297
(414) 229-5271
moorege2@uwm.edu

Curriculum

Business Scholars Courses

BUS ADM 207 Business Scholars: Introduction to Financial Accounting (optional)
BUS ADM 211 Business Scholars: Introduction to Management Statistics
BUS ADM 231 Business Scholars: Introduction to Information Technology Management (optional)
BUS ADM 331 Business Scholars: Organizations
BUS ADM 351 Business Scholars: Principles of Finance
BUS ADM 361 Business Scholars: Principles of Marketing
BUS ADM 371 Business Scholars: Introduction to Supply Chain Management
BUS ADM 493 Business Scholars Seminar

Business Scholars courses are designed to seamlessly integrate into the business curriculum. Most of the courses are Scholars versions of required business courses for all majors.

Bus Adm 493 Business Scholars Seminars are unique courses that are open only to Business Scholars in their third or final year of the program. They are designed to mirror graduate-level seminars in their level of research and application.

Also, as part of the Business Scholars curriculum, students have the option of completing a Lubar Study Abroad, Scholars thesis, or experiential learning project. That means you will have the opportunity to develop a project or thesis in your area of interest. Examples of projects include working with a local industry to solve a business problem or connecting with a nonprofit to examine its marketing needs.

Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Advantages

  • Small course sections (about 30 students) that are taught by some of the Lubar School’s top faculty – giving a private college “feel” within a large campus environment.
  • Scholars cohort — where you’ll build strong friendships and professional networks that will last long after graduation.
  • Employment opportunities. You’ll be “in demand” by employers, who seek out Business Scholars students for internships and job placements.
  • Personal attention. Business Scholars have a designated advisor who can talk to you about your academic goals and help you plan the right path to achieve them.
  • Special events
    • Business Scholars Orientation
    • Corporate Visits and Tours
    • Great Journeys Lecture Series
    • Bradley Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Finally, your official university transcript will identify you as a Business Scholars graduate, making your effort and knowledge apparent to employers and graduate schools.

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Eligibility

(For students who were not directly admitted to the Business Scholars as incoming freshmen.)

To be eligible for the program at the end of your freshman year, students must complete 24 credits (the equivalent of sophomore standing) with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (on a 4.00 scale), including:

  • Completion of Math 211 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or better, or AP credits in calculus;
  • Completion of English 101 and 102 with a grade of B or better (or an English placement score that satisfies the requirement for English Composition at UWM);
  • Completion of Economics 103 or 104 with a grade of B or better.

How to Apply

You may apply to the Business Scholars Program during the Spring Semester of your freshman year.  Application deadline: June 1st.  

Timely admission into the Honors College will be looked upon favorably when applications are evaluated.

For More Information

Mary Moore-Geissler
Senior Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N297
(414) 229-5271
moorege2@uwm.edu