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Preparation for the required Academic Advising Appointment each semester

Academic Advising Appointment Details: Students must schedule and attend one 20-minute appointment with a college academic advisor during Advising Week each fall and spring semester. Appointments are not required during a student's final semester at Marquette University. Prior to the university assigned Advising Week each semester, students are expected to review materials shared via email from the college’s Dean’s Office, sign up for an advising appointment with an assigned college advisor, and complete the PREP module in advance of an advising appointment.

How to find and understand your graduation checklist

Business Introductory Course and MANA 4101 Prerequisite Listing

Advising Frequently Asked Questions

  • Course planning: When should students take Business and Non-Business courses? Students are expected to make progress in both business and non-business courses each semester. It is not in a student’s best interest to take only non-business or business courses in one part of their career at Marquette.
  • Credit Requirements: How many credits do students need to graduate with a degree in Business Administration? A minimum total credit hours of 129. However, a student who began at Marquette in Fall 2019 and beyond may graduate with total credit hours of 122-129 if specific steps are taken. See the Bulletin’s Graduation Requirements for more details.
  • Dean’s Office Location: In Straz Hall, on the first floor in room DS101.
  • Declaring a majors or non-business minor: Each business student is encouraged to declare a major prior to registration for the junior year. All students should declare their major(s) prior to advising and registration for the senior year. Students are also able to declare non-business minors and courses required for the minor may apply to university core requirements and/or non-business elective credits. Students will need to formally declare a major or minor for it to appear on a graduation checklist.
  • GPA requirements for the college and university: A minimum GPA of 2.000 must be earned in all courses taken at Marquette University. A minimum GPA of 2.000 must be earned in all College of Business Administration courses taken at Marquette University (2.500 for accounting majors).
  • GPA requirements for a major in the college: A grade of C or higher must be earned in each of a student’s major courses including the core courses introducing the major (i.e. ECON 1103/1104 for Economics Majors and MARK 3001 for Marketing majors). For international business majors, a grade of C or better must be earned in required language courses beyond either 2002 or 2003.
  • International Business Course Requirement: At least one International Business elective must be completed by taking an international business course through major requirements, upper division business electives or through an approved study abroad program course. Select one business course.
  • Internship for Credit: Students often pursue internship for credit opportunities. In some majors, this for-credit option does count towards a major elective course. See your major requirements to determine if an internship for credit course will be beneficial to your requirement needs.
  • Major in Business Administration (BUAD), what is it? Many students choose to major in one or more of the college’s eleven other majors, however a student who wishes to major in only Business Administration can complete the major with 10 upper division business electives (students entering the college before fall 2019) or 9 upper division business electives (students entering the college in fall 2019 and beyond). A student cannot double major with Business Administration, it is a single major only.
  • Program Concentrations in the College: The college has three major program concentrations: two within the Finance major: Applied Investment Management Program and Commercial Banking Program, and one within the Marketing major: Professional Selling Program. Each program has unique requirements, please consult with each program coordinator to determine needs.
  • Study Abroad: Studying abroad during the Spring semester of a student’s sophomore year or the Fall semester of a student’s junior year provides the most options for course selection at study abroad host institutions.

    Planning courses in advance: Students should save nine (9) Non-Business Elective credits until their study abroad term and nine (9) Upper Division Business Elective credits where possible. Courses that should be taken during the first three (or four) semesters to position a student for study abroad include: ACCO 1030, ACCO 1031, BUAD 1001, BUAD 1060, BUAD 1560, ECON 1103, LEAD 1050, and LEAD 2000. If a student is majoring in Economics, ECON 1104 should also be taken before departure.

    Unless studying abroad at a U.S. institution’s program, students majoring in Finance or Marketing should complete the 3001 introductory course for their major(s) and for any disciplines in which they want to take upper division business electives when studying abroad. With 75 possible partners, no one set of rules applies to everyone. Visit the Office of International Business Programs for specific advising.
  • What does Upper Division Business Elective mean? Upper-division courses are numbered 3000-4999 and are generally taken by sophomores through seniors.


Considerations for Fall 2021 planning

Your Year at Marquette

Currently in your First Year: Approximately 15-17 credits

  • Business Courses: ECON 1104, LEAD 2000 (space for half of sophomore class in fall semester), Business Core (can consider a Structured Elective)
  • Non-Business Courses: Marquette Core Curriculum foundations coursework including: 1001 courses, Engaging Social Systems and Values 1 (ESSV1) course. Consider CORE 1929, CMST 2300 and/or non-business electives for students without a minor or not planning to study abroad.

Currently in your Second Year: Approximately 15-18 credits

  • Assuming CORE 1929, CMST 2300, most Business Core coursework complete
  • Business Courses: LEAD 3000 (space for half of junior class in fall semester) Remaining Business Core requirements, a Structured Elective course, Major requirements or Upper Division Business Elective
  • Non-Business Courses: Review, declare and take one or more courses within a specific Discovery Tier Theme. Consider non-business elective(s).

Currently in your Third Year: Approximately 15 credits

  • LEAD 3000 (space for half of the junior class in spring semester)
  • 2-3 Major Courses or Upper Division Business Electives, any remaining Business Core courses. Legal/Ethics Course Requirements (if started at MU in or before Fall 2018) or Structured Electives (if started at MU in Fall 2019 and beyond). MANA 4101 if you meet prerequisites. 
  • Non-Business Courses: Discovery Tier Theme Courses, CORE 1929 and/or Non-Business Electives

Transfer Students:

  • Pay attention to prerequisites and the sequencing of business course needs (i.e. FINA 3001 and the prerequisites of BUAD 1560, ECON 1103, and ACCO 1031 may be concurrent).
  • Start planning out Business Core Courses, Major Courses and Upper Division Business Electives.
  • Next, focus on what non-business requirements are needed and when it makes sense to enroll.
  • Any remaining UCCS or MCC requirements? CORE 4929 should be taken in the final fall or spring semester.

ECON 3001: For students starting at Marquette prior to Fall 2018

ECON 3001 is no longer required for students, but it is not automatically removed from a graduation checklist. In lieu of ECON 3001, an additional upper division business elective is required; requiring 10 upper division business electives for non-ACCO majors or for ACCO majors: all ACCO major requirements and three upper division business electives. ECON 3001 is an upper division business elective that a student can take. If the Dean’s Office has removed the ECON 3001 requirement from a graduation checklist for a double major, but the student drops a major prior to graduation the student may need to make up additional credits. ECON 3001 will remain on a graduation checklist, students will need to let the Dean’s Office know a different course to count in its place.

University Core Requirements (Non-Business)

University Core of Common Studies (UCCS): Students admitted to Marquette University prior to Fall 2018

  • All UCCS requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate. Requirements such as two ENGL courses, two THEO courses, etc. cannot be modified. Students can select MCC coursework to apply for UCCS requirements. See the substitution chart and complete the substitution form for approval to apply to a student's graduation checklist.
  • The Literature requirement for ALL College of Business Administration students must be a Literature course (no MUSI, THAR, etc.). Other colleges may allow Performing Arts courses, but any taken will appear as Non-Business electives on a graduation checklist and will not fulfill the Literature requirement.

Marquette Core of Common Studies (MCC): Students who entered Marquette in or after Fall 2018

Additional Business Requirements (Fall 2019 and Beyond)

Credit Requirement: Students who begin at Marquette University in the College of Business Administration starting in and after Fall 2019 have a minimum total credit hours requirement of 129. However, a student may graduate with total credit hours of 122-129 if completion of the following occurs:

  1. Students may double count up to six credits (2 courses) of business core and major coursework within their declared Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) Discovery Tier Theme. These courses, when taken, will apply to both MCC Discovery Tier and Business curriculum areas of a student’s graduation checklist AND reduce total credit requirements by 3-6 credits. Students who wish to reduce credits can submit this form for each course. 
  2. Waiving the one-credit BUAD 1060 Business Applications: Basic Business Analytic Tools course through passing a waiver exam provided by the college. The opportunity to take the waiver exam is provided during a student’s first year in the college, and if completed successfully will waive the course requirement AND reduce total credit requirements by 1 credit.

These are the only pathways for a student to graduate with less than 129 credits and earn a B.S. in Business Administration degree.

Structured Elective Requirements: Within the business core curriculum a student will need to complete three structured elective requirements, each with multiple course offerings:

Business Ethics Structured Elective: Select one course from BULA 3001 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Required for ACCO majors), MANA 3002 Business and Its Environment, PHIL 4330 Business Ethics, FINA 4370 Sustainable Finance (AIM students only), or FINA 4371 Private Equity, Ethics and Society (AIM students only).

Core Enhancement Structured Elective: Select one course from ENTP 3001 Understanding Entrepreneurship (ENTP majors), HURE 3001 Management of Human Resources (HURE majors), or REAL 3001 Introduction to Commercial Real Estate (REAL majors).

Analytics Structured Elective: Select one course from ACCO 4060 Accounting Analytics, BUAN 3065 (formerly BUAN 2060) Business Analytics 1: Data Definition, Preparation, Descriptive Analytics, ECON 4060 Introduction to Econometrics, FINA 4050 Applied Financial Modeling, MARK 4065 Marketing Analytics, or OSCM 4060 Supply Chain Analytics.

If a course is taken to complete the Business Ethics, Core Enhancement and Analytics structured electives, it can double fulfill both the business core and a major requirement if eligible. Note that an additional upper division business elective is required to meet credit requirements if a structured elective is used to double fulfill two academic areas.

Open Elective Course within Non-Business Electives: All students are required to complete non-business elective courses. ACCO majors must complete 12 credits and all other majors must complete 18 credits. Up to 3 credits of non-business coursework is considered an “Open Elective”. The open elective can be used for a non-business elective or a business elective outside of a declared major, including internship for credit or a study abroad course. If a business course is selected for these 3 credits, it will not automatically populate, and the course selection must be requested with the college Dean's Office with this form.


Registration Information

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Course Registration Information

  • Summer Studies at Marquette
  • Transfer Central For students considering a course at another U.S. institution for transfer to Marquette. Review equivalencies and use the External Transfer Course Request pre-approval prior to enrolling in a course at another institution.
    • The final 30 credits needed to complete a Marquette undergraduate degree must be earned as Marquette credits, unless those credits are earned in an approved study abroad program.
    • A "C" or better must be earned for the course to transfer.
    • MATH 1400 and all business courses must be taken at Marquette University; exceptions are made for students studying abroad.
    • Per the university Transfer Course Credit policy, test and transfer credits that are equivalent to approved MCC courses may be applied to Marquette Core Curriculum requirements, except CORE 1929, CORE 4929 and WRIT courses, which must be completed at Marquette. 
  • J-Session

University Wait List Information Students have the option to add their name to a course wait list after early registration has ended. See the Academic Calendar for the deadline to add yourself to a wait list. If a class is full, wait listing allows students to add their name to an electronic wait list and potentially be added to the class, but only if space becomes available, and they meet all course requirements. Wait listing does not mean enrollment in a course and is not a guarantee of registration in a course.

Once on a wait list, it is up to a student to monitor enrollment. If they no longer want the wait listed class, they are responsible to drop from the wait list. If a student is added to a class from the wait list, but the student no longer wants the class, the normal add, drop, swap process applies. It is recommended that the student drop themselves from any wait list once they have set their final schedule.

Registration Frequently Asked Questions

  • Add/Drop Deadline: Students can add and drop courses until a set date on the university’s Academic Calendar each semester. Classes are added or removed from the academic record when students add or drop those classes before the deadline to Add/Drop.
  • Under 12 credits: Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credits = full-time enrollment status. Enrollment in 9-11 credits = three-quarter time enrollment status. Enrollment in 6-8 credits = half-time enrollment status. Enrollment in fewer than 6 credits = less than half-time status.

If planning to enroll in less than 12 credits review Bursar information and any Financial Aid implications

  • Closed Classes: What if a class closes before a student can enroll, how do they get into the classes they need? The College of Business Administration utilizes wait lists for most courses.  If a class does not appear "open" when attempting to register, please add to wait list to ensure movement into the course when space becomes available. Consent to register for a course/section offered by the College of Business Administration that is full may be granted if you have a compelling reason. For example: if a student is graduating next term and a required finance class is offered at the same time as a required Spanish minor class. Simply wanting to take a course one semester, when it can easily be taken later, a job or internship schedule, instructor preference are not reasons that will be reviewed. A student must show, for example, that without a certain course at this point in a degree program, graduation will be delayed or that health or personal reasons make special consent necessary. These reasons must be backed up with appropriate documentation.  
  • Course withdrawal: After the add/drop course deadline, classes remain permanently on students' records and may not be removed. Once a permanent grade is assigned, it is not changed except in cases of institutional error or policy requirements. Students assume responsibility for the consequences that ensue as a result of any withdrawal grade. These consequences may include but are not limited to a delay in graduation, denial of readmission, external institutions/entities viewing these grades as failing, loss of eligibility for certain scholarships and/or financial aid, loss of full-time or part-time status and/or loss of a refund. The period for withdrawing from classes (W grade), or the term, is the day after the last day to Add/Drop for a session, until the withdrawal deadline, as specified in the Academic Calendar. After the withdrawal deadline, students who wish to withdraw, are assigned the appropriate grade.

Single Course Withdrawal Form and Implications on Financial Aid

  • Credit load (maximum): Students in the college of business can take a maximum of 19 credits in a fall or spring term, and 8/16 in the summer (per session total/total per summer term). Juniors and seniors may be allowed to carry more than the maximum college established credit load, with the consent of Assistant Dean Krey. Students should submit a course overload request form in advance of a semester's add/drop deadline.
  • Dual Enrollment: Can a student take courses at two institutions at once, including or not including Marquette University coursework? Yes, during summer and J-Session if not overlapping with Marquette University's schedule.. Marquette students who wish to take classes at another institution must have the courses approved by their home college office prior to attending that institution. See the summer coursework information above within Registration Information.
  • Holds: Student holds and how to remove? Students are responsible for taking the steps necessary to ensure that all holds on registration have been cleared before attempting to enroll in classes. CheckMarq will prevent students from registering if a student has an active hold on their record. The hold description in a student’s CheckMarq account will share information on how to resolve it.
  • Thinking of transferring to another college at Marquette? Colleges at Marquette University, including business accept internal student transfers each semester. Each college may have their own requirements for entry, but all students interested in transferring must complete the Internal Transfer form to be considered for review. It is recommended that students meet with their desired college to understand any transfer requirements.
  • University Core of Common Studies (UCCS) Substitution Form: What is it and why should students use it? Students entering prior to fall of 2018 are expected to complete their UCCS requirements as planned. However, for students with special concerns that make finding classes to graduate on time particularly challenging, the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) has identified that some MCC courses can substitute for UCCS requirements. Students may not double dip – that is each MCC substitution can be used to fulfill only one UCCS requirement. These substitutions apply only to courses taken in Fall 2018 or after. Substitution Chart and University Core of Common Studies Substitution Form
  • Wait lists:How do they work, do I use the swap function, is it a guarantee, can a student join multiple wait lists? See information above on University Wait Lists within the Registration Information section or visit the University Wait List webpage.



College and University Forms

  • Internal Transfer Application to transfer to a different college at Marquette University

  • Readmission: Application for Readmission to the university and to a specific college, used by previous students enrolled at Marquette University