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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, students may graduate with total credit hours of 122-129 if specific steps are taken. See the Bulletin’s Graduation Requirements page 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. Review major requirements in the Bulletin 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 9 upper division business electives.  Business Administration (BUAD) is a single major only for students, no second majors are possible.
  • Program Concentrations in the College: The college has four major program concentrations: two within the Finance major: Applied Investment Management Program and Commercial Banking Program, one within the Marketing major: Professional Selling Program , and one within the Real Estate major: Real Estate Asset Program (REAP). 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 at Marquette 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 at Marquette 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 2022 planning

Your Year at Marquette

Currently in your First Year: Register for 15-17 credits

  • Review Typical Four Year Plans: ACCO and Non-ACCO
  • Introductory Business course options you meet prerequisites for, LEAD 2000 and/or CMST 2300, any remaining MCC foundations courses, consider Discovery Tier Theme course options, non-business electives
  • Tasks: 
    • Declare major(s)/non-business minor(s) if determined.
    • Review MCC Discovery Tier Themes and courses by end of first year.

Currently in your Second Year: Register for around 15 credits

  • Review Typical Four Year Plans: ACCO and Non-ACCO
  • Any remaining introductory business courses, structured electives, LEAD 3000, upper division business electives (major requirements/electives), Discovery Tier Theme courses, non-business electives
  • Tasks:
    • Declare Business Major by end of sophomore year.
    • Declare MCC Discovery Tier Theme (review which courses dual apply) by the time you reach 60 credits. 
    • Consider which courses you will complete to satisfy the university's WRIT (Fall 2018 and later) and ESSV2 (Fall 2020 and later) requirements.

Currently in your Third Year: Total Credits may vary due to dual applying courses but 15-17 is typical

  • Review Typical Four Year Plans: ACCO and Non-ACCO
  • Major coursework, structured electives, MANA 4101 (if meet prerequisites), remaining Discovery Tier Theme courses, CORE 4929, non business electives, any additional credits/courses to meet overall credit totals due to dual applying courses.
  • Tasks:
    • Audit checklist for outstanding courses in final semesters, GPA, and Credits
    • Review courses that dual apply—will additional courses be needed to meet graduation credit requirements? Reduction of Credits Request form if needed (Fall 2019 and later).
    • Review WRIT, ESSV2 (Fall 2020 and later), International Business options, if not already taken .
    • Review Electives (Non-Business) Open Elective form if needed for one business course outside of declared major(s), internship for credit course, study abroad course (Fall 2019 and later)

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.

Students who began at Marquette prior to Fall 2019:

Your graduation checklist should represent what's remaining. Please reach out to or in the College of Business Dean's Office for any specific questions about remaining coursework.

Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC)

  • Marquette Core Curriculum Requirements
  • Discovery Tier Themes, Engaging Social Systems and Values 2 and Writing Intensive Requirements course listing with business course options highlighted. To be used to help align courses to best fit a student’s needs.
  • Review this video to learn more about Discovery Tier Themes and business coursework.
  • Students must declare a Discovery Tier Theme no later than the term in which a student reaches sixty credits. Students can change a declared theme anytime.
  • Anywhere it's possible, students should plan to dual apply Discovery Tier Theme courses and business core, major requirements, upper division business electives, non-business major/minor requirements. The only place a Discovery Tier Theme course cannot dual apply is within required non-business electives.
  • Writing Intensive (WRIT) and Engaging Social Systems and Values 2 (ESSV2) courses are satisfaction requirements and will not require additional credits if taken within the Discovery Tier course options, business core, major requirements, upper division business electives, non-business major/minor requirements, or non-business electives.
  • Students can dual apply up to two business courses across Discovery Tier Theme requirements AND 2) Business core, major requirements or upper division business electives to reduce overall credits. This reduction of credit requirements will not automatically happen, and once a class is taken that could dual apply, this form should be submitted to the college Dean's Office. This process reduce the overall number of credits a student needs to graduate by a maximum of 6 credits. Courses that are used for business requirements but are not business like MATH 1400 or CNEN 3810 cannot reduce overall credits. 

Business Core and Major Requirements 

Credit Requirement: A minimum total credit hours of 129. However, a student may graduate with total credit hours of 122-129 if completion of the following occurs: 1) Dual application of up to two business courses (6 credits) within the Marquette Core Curriculum Discovery Tier Themes for business core and major requirements, 2) Waiving the one-credit BUAD 1060 Business Applications: Basic Business Analytic Tools course through passing a waiver exam provided by the college. Both of these options can reduce overall credit totals, so long as these reduction requests are submitted in advance to the college's Dean's Office. 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 4191 Private Equity, Ethics and Society.

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 Business Analytics 1: Data Definition, Preparation, Descriptive Analytics, ECON 4060 Introduction to Econometrics, FINA 4050 Applied Financial Modeling, INSY 4052 Database Management Systems, MARK 4060 Marketing Research, MARK 4065 Marketing Analytics, OSCM 4060 Supply Chain Analytics, or REAL 4061 Real Estate Modeling.

If a course is taken to complete the Business Ethics, Core Enhancement and Analytics structured electives, it can dual apply to both the business core and a major requirement if eligible. Note that additional coursework may be required to meet credit requirements if a structured elective is used to dual apply to two academic areas.

Taking a Course to Satisfy Requirements/Electives for Two Business Majors

Students can dual apply one course to two business majors' requirements or electives when possible. The only major excluded from this option is International Business (INBU), but not all other business majors have courses that can apply to multiple majors. This dual application does not change the minimum credit requirement to graduate and may require a student to take an additional course to meet credit requirements.

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 (even in a declared major), 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 and J-Session Studies at Marquette University
  • 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.
    • MATH 1400 and all business courses must be taken at Marquette University; exceptions are made for students studying abroad.
    • Test and transfer courses that are equivalent to approved MCC courses may be applied to fulfill MCC requirements, with the following exceptions: 1) CORE 4929 must be completed at Marquette, 2) CORE 1929 and WRIT courses apply only by approval from the director of the MCC requested via the Marquette Core Curriculum Substitution form.

University Wait List Information Students have the option to add their name to a course wait list. 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 a student has a compelling reason. For example: a student is graduating next term and the only other option of 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. Steps on how to withdraw through CheckMarq, Single Course Withdrawal Form if your drop causes you to be under 12 credits, 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 the 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/after Fall 2018. 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

Instructions on declaring a theme on CheckMarq

Discovery Tier Theme Declaration Form Form 

Students should declare a Discovery Tier Theme by the end of sophomore year. Students do not have to declare a theme in order to enroll in one of the courses. Students can change Discovery Tier Themes, but courses previously taken may not apply to the new selected theme.

  • 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