WSB_BBA_Management-and-HR

Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Management studies focus on the activities of leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions. Studies in entrepreneurship are designed for students who are interested in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.

Related Student Organizations

Collegiate DECA
Enactus
Sales & Executive Leadership
Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE)
Society for Human Resource Management
Sports Business Club
Wisconsin Consulting Club (WCC)
 

Students wishing to pursue this major must be admitted to the School of Business. Once admitted, students are able to pursue any business major they choose. To find out more about the school's admissions process for undergraduate students, please see Entering the School.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

School of Business Requirements

The Wisconsin Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program is based on a broad educational foundation combined with courses in business and economics. This curriculum is designed for those students who wish to prepare for careers in business. Students completing any School of Business major are required to satisfy a common set of Pre-Business Requirements, Liberal Studies Requirements, Business Preparatory Requirement, Business Core Requirement, Business Breadth Requirement, and Credits for BBA Degree.

School of Business BBA Requirements
Complete requirements:
Pre-Business
Liberal Studies
Business Prep
Business Core
Business Breadth

Management and Human Resources (MHR) Major Requirements

The management and human resources major has three different options to choose from, as outlined below. Credit requirements vary based upon the option(s) students choose.

Students may complete a major in management and human resources in six different ways: 1
Complete the requirements for the Management option only (students still earn a major in MHR)12
Complete the requirements for the Human Resources option only (students still earn a major in MHR)12
Complete the requirements for the Entrepreneurship option only (students still earn a major in MHR)12
Complete the requirements for Management & Entrepreneurship18
Complete the requirements for Management & Human Resources18
Complete the requirements for Entrepreneurship & Human Resources21
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Note: Completing two options still constitutes one major. Students may not receive credit for completing all three options.

In addition, the following rules apply when combining options:

  1. Students may complete only two of three options. Students interested in pursuing two options should see an academic advisor to ensure that they are taking their courses efficiently.
  2. For successful completion of TWO options, a student must take a minimum of 18–21 credits from among the listed courses.
  3. Double (or triple) counting of M H R 399 Reading and Research-Management across options within the management major is prohibited.

MHR Options and requirements

Entrepreneurship Option

A student must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

M H R 422 Entrepreneurial Management3
M H R 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies3
Select two of following courses OR one from below and one from the elective options:6
Reading and Research-Management (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
Venture Creation
Entrepreneurial Finance
Electives
Human Resource Management
Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability
Contemporary Topics
Reading and Research-Management (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
The Management of Teams
Global Issues in Management
Management Consulting
Strategic Management
Technology Entrepreneurship
Negotiations
Total Credits12

Human Resources Option

Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Topics covered include recruiting, external and internal staffing, compensation theory and administration, performance management, training and development, labor-management relations, and equal employment opportunity. This concentration is pursued by students seeking staff jobs in the human resources department, supervisory and team leader jobs, and entry into management training programs that precede job placement. It is appropriate for those who seek positions in both public and private sector organizations.

A student must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

M H R 305 Human Resource Management3
Complete 3 of the following OR two of the following and one elective:9-10
Compensation: Theory and Administration
Personnel Staffing and Evaluation
Labor-Management Relations
Electives
Contemporary Topics
Reading and Research-Management (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
Strategic Management
Seminar: Human Resources Issues
Employee Benefits Management
Negotiations
Wages and the Labor Market
Total Credits12-13

Management Option

This major focuses on the activities of management in organizations. Course material covers leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions (such as marketing and finance). The topics apply to business, government, health care, and other service organizations. This concentration is especially appropriate for students who seek roles as general managers and administrators at all levels of an organization, rather than roles as technical specialists. Students are also helped in developing a long-term perspective of both their own careers and the function of management in organizations and society.

Students must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

M H R 423 Strategic Management3
Complete 3 of the following OR 2 of the following and one elective9
Human Resource Management
Reading and Research-Management (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
The Management of Teams
Global Issues in Management
Management Consulting
Electives:
Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability
Contemporary Topics
Entrepreneurial Management
Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Negotiations
The Economics of Health Care
Communication in Complex Organizations
Organization and Job Design
Introduction to Human Factors
Sociology of Organizations
Sociology of Work and Employment
Total Credits12

Entrepreneurship & Human Resources Option

This double option requires 21 credits; the layout of classes are found below:

M H R 305 Human Resource Management3
M H R 422 Entrepreneurial Management3
M H R 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies3
M H R 434 Venture Creation3
or FINANCE 457 Entrepreneurial Finance
or M H R 399 Reading and Research-Management
Complete 3 of the following OR 2 of the following and one elective:9
Compensation: Theory and Administration
Personnel Staffing and Evaluation
Labor-Management Relations
Electives:
Reading and Research-Management
Strategic Management
Seminar: Human Resources Issues
Negotiations
Employee Benefits Management
Total Credits21

Management & Entrepreneurship Option

This double option requires 18 credits; the layout of classes are found below:

M H R 422 Entrepreneurial Management3
M H R 423 Strategic Management3
M H R 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies3
M H R 434 Venture Creation3
or FINANCE 457 Entrepreneurial Finance
or M H R 399 Reading and Research-Management
Choose two of the following:6
Human Resource Management
Reading and Research-Management
The Management of Teams
Global Issues in Management
Management Consulting
Total Credits18

Management & Human Resources Option

This double option requires 18 credits; the layout of classes are found below:

M H R 305 Human Resource Management3
M H R 423 Strategic Management3
Complete two of the following:6
Compensation: Theory and Administration
Personnel Staffing and Evaluation
Labor-Management Relations
Complete 2 of the following OR one of the following and one elective:6
Reading and Research-Management
The Management of Teams
Global Issues in Management
Management Consulting
Electives:
Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability
Contemporary Topics
Entrepreneurial Management
Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Negotiations
Total Credits18

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Graduates will understand that the management of human resources is vital to a successful business strategy and organizational effectiveness. (Human Resources and Management Tracks)
  2. Graduates will be able to analyze organization compensation strategy to identify problems and develop solutions that support the organization’s strategy. (Human Resources Track)
  3. Graduates will be able to discern which staffing techniques are poor, fair, and good predictors of employees’ future job performance. (Human Resources Track)
  4. Graduates will be able to identify and address the various challenges currently facing labor and employment relations. (Human Resources Track)
  5. Graduates will be able to apply appropriate tactics in competitive and cooperative negotiations individually and as part of a negotiation team. (Human Resources Track)
  6. Graduates will be able to design work systems and roles that allow employees to contribute to organizational performance. (Human Resources Track)
  7. Graduates will be able to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems and generate economic and socially valuable outcomes. (Entrepreneurship Track)
  8. Graduates will be able to create, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts and organizations. (Entrepreneurship Track)
  9. Graduates will be able to make decisions based on mindfulness of relevant stakeholders, ethical reflections, and an attempt to create and sustain social, environmental, and economic value. (Entrepreneurship Track)
  10. Graduates will be able to incorporate cultural context and complexities when managing in a global environment. (Entrepreneurship Track)
  11. Graduates will be able to exercise appropriate leadership, value diverse perspectives, and work collaboratively to accomplish organizational objectives in a dynamic environment. (Entrepreneurship Track)
  12. Graduates will be able to develop successful team structures that mitigate decision-making pitfalls and interpersonal conflict while maximizing team performance. (Management Track)
  13. Graduates will be able to design successful organization structures to achieve strategic objectives and execute operational plans within a global business environment. (Management Track)
  14. Graduates will be able to diagnose management and organizational problems from an internal or external consultant’s perspective and design interventions to enhance organizational effectiveness. (Management Track)
  15. Graduates will be able to evaluate an organization’s internal capabilities and external pressures and maximize its competitive advantage within an industry. (Management Track)

Advising

Meet the academic and career advisors for MHR.

Angie Badura
Associate Director of Career Advising
angie.badura@wisc.edu
 
Maggie Nowicki
Academic Advisor
maggie.nowicki@wisc.edu
 

Please visit the advising page for information on advising and appointments. Contact wibbaadvising@bus.wisc.edu for questions regarding academic advising.

Careers

Students who pursue a major in Management go on to careers in a wide range of fields. To find more information about common industries that management majors work in following graduation, please visit our website.

Faculty and Staff in Management and Human Resources

Ramon Aldag, BS, MBA, Ph.D.
Professor
raldag@bus.wisc.edu

Adam Bock, BS, BA, MBA, Ph.D.
Lecturer
bock2@wisc.edu

Russell Coff, BA, Ph.D.
Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
russ.coff@wisc.edu

Lori Cross, MBA
Lecturer
lcross@bus.wisc.edu

Randall Dunham, BA, MA, Ph.D.
Emeritus - Teaching
Faculty Director of CIBER
rdunham@bus.wisc.edu

Jonathan Eckhardt, BS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
jon.eckhardt@wisc.edu

Martin Ganco, BA, MBA, MA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
martin.ganco@wisc.edu

Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez
Faculty Associate
mgarcia@bus.wisc.edu

Barry Gerhart, BS, Ph.D.
Professor
barry.gerhart@wisc.edu

Phil Greenwood, BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
pgreenwood@bus.wisc.edu

Stefan Koehler, BS, MBA, MS
Lecturer
skoehler@bus.wisc.edu
 
Loren Kuzuhara, BS, MBA, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
loren.kuzuhara@wisc.edu
 
Min Li, BA, MA, Ph.D.
Lecturer
min.li@wisc.edu
 
Rick Marolt, BA, MA, MBA
Lecturer
rick.marolt@wisc.edu
 
Anne Miner, BA, MS, Ph.D.
Emeritus - Teaching
Professor Emeritus-Research Fellow
anne.miner@wisc.edu
 
Daniel Olszewski, BS, MBA
Faculty Associate
Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
dan.olszewski@wisc.edu
 
Hart Posen, BS, MBA, MS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
hposen@bus.wisc.edu
 
Sarada, BS, MA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
sarada@bus.wisc.edu
 
James Sesil
Senior Lecturer
sesil@wisc.edu
 
Jihae Shin, BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
jshin@bus.wisc.edu
 
Alex Stajkovic, BS, MA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Astajkovic@bus.wisc.edu
 
John Surdyk, BS, MBA
Faculty Associate
Director of INSITE
jsurdyk@bus.wisc.edu
 
Ann Terlaak, MA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
ann.terlaak@wisc.edu
 
Charles Trevor, BA, MA, MA, Ph.D.
Professor
Department Chair for Management and Human Resources
charlie.trevor@wisc.edu
 
Maria Triana, BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
maria.triana@wisc.edu