Admission and Program Requirements
Applicable to all majors within the business units of the College of Business.
Majors in the Department of Technology and Construction Management and Department of Fashion and Interior Design are excluded from these program and admission requirements.
All students who plan to apply for admission to the College of Business should declare a major in one of the five departments within the business unit of the College upon admission to the University and seek enrollment advice through the Business Advisement Center. Students who are uncertain at the time of admission to the University should declare a business major with the specific area undecided.
Students in good standing are eligible to be considered for admission to a specific degree program in the College of Business upon the completion of at least 54 hours including at least ten of the following preparation courses. Up to two of the twelve courses listed may be completed during the semester of admission; however, students should make every effort to complete all of the preparation courses prior to admission.
Students majoring in Computer Information Systems are required to meet additional admission requirements. See the Department of Computer Information Systems section of catalog for details.
Admission decisions will be determined by applicants' combined (Missouri State plus transfer) grade point averages. The intent of the College of Business is to limit admissions to a total of 2,000 majors at the combined junior and senior levels. However, all applicants whose combined grade point average is 2.50 or higher will be admitted. Factors in addition to grade point average may be considered in unusual cases, but exceptions to the prevailing minimum grade point average will be limited to five percent of the 2,000 majors at the combined junior and senior levels.
Special Procedural Information
Students must gain admission to the College of Business by the semester in which they have earned a total of 60 semester hours of college credit (including transfer credit). Students who do not gain admission as expected are subject to being dropped as business majors and will not be permitted to register for the following semester without special permission. Students should contact the Business Advisement Center regarding the granting of special permission to register. Business (and undeclared) majors cannot be enrolled in upper-division business courses until their degree program has been finalized. Business (and undeclared) majors who have enrolled in upper-division business courses without having met all admission requirements (or without having met all of the specific course prerequisites) will be dropped from those courses.
In addition to the General Education and General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Education degree candidates in the College of Business must meet the following requirements for graduation.
- Grade Point Average: All business majors must have a 2.50 or higher grade point average at the time of graduation for all upper-division College of Business courses attempted at Missouri State University.
- College of Business Core Requirements
- ACC 201(3) and ACC 211(3); or ACC 206(4)
- CIS 201(2)
- ECO 155(3) and ECO 165(3). Note: ECO 155 may also be used toward General Education requirements.
- FIN 380(3)
- LAW 231(3) and LAW 332(1)
- MGT 286(3) and MGT 340(3) and MGT 487(3)
- MKT 350(3)
- PSY 121(3) Note: PSY 121 may also be used toward General Education requirements.
- QBA 237(3)
- ACC 341(3) required for Accounting majors; or CIS 461(3) required for Computer Information Systems majors; or CIS 429(3) required for all other majors
- MGT 364(3) or MKT 450(3) required for Marketing majors; or MGT 364(3) required for all other majors
- Globalization Requirement
All business majors are required to complete six hours from the following Globalization courses. The College of Business strongly encourages students to complete six hours from one foreign language to complete the Globalization Requirement.
- Foreign Language Courses: ARB, CHI, FRN, GRK, GRM, HBW, ITL, JPN, LTN, PTG, RUS, SPN
- Foreign Culture Courses:
- Anthropology: ANT 100, 226, 330, 331, 332, 334, 335
- Economics: ECO 346, 456, 565
- English: ENG 341, 361
- Geography: GRY 100, 305, 308, 320, 321, 323, 328
- Global Studies: GBL 250
- History: HST 200, 340, 350, 355, 380, 381
- Interdisciplinary Studies: IDS 397
- Language: LLT 215, 225, MCL 303
- Music: MUS 239 Note: May also be used toward General Education requirements.
- Political Science: PLS 205, 232, 544, 545, 548, 550
- Religious Studies: REL 210, 330, 350, 355, 360. Note: REL 210 may also be used toward General Education requirements.
- Sociology: SOC 150
- Approved International Study Courses
- Business Courses: only one of the following may count toward the globalization requirement: ACC 506, FIN 582, LAW 539, MGT 447, MKT 464, MKT 474
- Recommendation for Course Work Outside the College of Business: It is recommended that all business majors complete at least 50% of the hours required for graduation outside the College of Business. For purposes of this recommendation, the following courses may be counted as hours outside of the College of Business: CIS 101, QBA 237 and QBA 337, and all courses offered in the Department of Technology and Construction Management and Department of Fashion and Interior Design.
- Other Requirements
A minimum of 12 credit hours not counted as requirements on any other major or minor, and exclusive of "problems" and "readings" courses, is required for the completion of any additional major in business.
A minimum of 9 credit hours not counted as requirements on any major or other minor, and exclusive of "problems" and "readings" courses, is required for the completion of any minor in business.
Transfer Credit Validation Requirements
Students who plan to begin work at a community college or another four-year institution and later transfer to Missouri State should take only those lower-division courses in business numbered 1 through 299. Upper-division courses taught in the junior and senior years at Missouri State are numbered 300 or higher and should not be completed at a two-year college for transfer credit in the business core or major program area of specialization at Missouri State. If similar courses are taken at the lower-division level at a community college or a four-year institution, validation through additional course work or testing will be required. Validation by exam must be completed within the semester of admission. Validation by additional course work must be requested in the Business Advisement Center the semester of transfer and must be completed within one year. Courses taken at any level must be approved by the appropriate department as equivalent to an upper-division course in the College of Business.
Residence Requirement for Transfer Students
At least 50 percent of the College of Business credit hours required for a business degree must be earned from the Missouri State University Springfield campus.
Sequencing of Courses
The College of Business has established an appropriate sequencing of courses in addition to specified course prerequisites. Additional information about course prerequisites and sequencing of classes are available online on the Business Advisement Center web site. The sequencing of courses and course prerequisites are enforced by computerized prerequisite checks.
High School Preparation
Students entering the College of Business are expected to have computer keyboarding skills and an understanding of the accounting cycle. These skills may be acquired by taking keyboarding/typewriting and accounting. Students who enter the College of Business with an understanding of computer concepts, knowledge of common software used, and BASIC programming skills may waive CIS 101 by a proficiency examination.
Enrollment by Non-Business Students
Students seeking degrees outside the College of Business, including majors in the Department of Technology and Construction Management and Department of Fashion and Interior Design, cannot exceed 31 hours of business courses (25% of the 125 hours required for graduation) unless all admission requirements to the College of Business have been met. All exceptions must have the written approval of the Dean of the College of Business. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be dropped from all courses exceeding the maximum number of business course hours.