School of Business

A view of the School of Business from behind the husky dog statue.
The School of Business on the UConn campus in Storrs.
  • John A. Elliott, Ph.D., Dean
  • Lawrence J. Gramling, D.B.A., Associate Dean

Undergraduate education in business is designed to impart a broad base of general knowledge within which students pursue additional knowledge to become exceptional managerial and business leaders. The curricula seek to expand capacities, perspectives, and skills of students who wish direct preparation for careers in either business firms or the public service.

In addition to the business programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, a Management and Engineering for Manufacturing bachelor’s degree program is offered jointly with the School of Engineering and is described at the end of the list of business majors in this section of the Catalog.

Various minors in business disciplines are described in the Minors section. Note: Students who are not majors in the School of Business may earn only one minor in business disciplines and are limited to enrolling in no more than 24 credits of 3000 and 4000-level coursework offered by the School of Business. Coursework at the 1000 and 2000-level is not included in the 24 credit limit, but credits from transfer coursework accepted for business credit at the 3000 and 4000-level are counted toward the 24 credit limit.

Regional Plan

In conformity with plans approved by the Board of Trustees of the six New England land grant universities for regionalization of certain fields of specialized education, three majors in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut are identified as regional programs. The Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies major is open to students from all the New England states; the Health Care Management major is open to students from all the New England states except New Hampshire; the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing major is open to students from all the New England states except Vermont. To implement this policy, first priority in admission to the School is given to qualified applicants from those New England states that are members of the compact. Regional students will pay a reduced tuition. Consult the New England Board of Higher Education website for information.

Accreditation

The School of Business is fully accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements

See Admission to the University. The School of Business admits qualified students into a major in the School directly as freshmen. Students not admitted into the School of Business at the time of entry to the University may apply for admission to a major through School of Business procedures. Admission is competitive. Decisions will be based on several criteria including the applicant’s academic record, courses completed, and space availability. Students in the School may request a change to their major later by submitting an application to the School of Business Office of Undergraduate Advising and meeting the admission criteria for that major.

School of Business majors will have to present either three years intermediate level of one foreign language (high school) or two years of one foreign language (through intermediate level college) to satisfy the language requirement for the degree.

Students at other post-secondary institutions who are not currently attending or who have never attended the University as an undergraduate degree seeking student must file a separate University application with the Transfer Admissions Office, 2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3088, Storrs, CT 06269-3088. Students wishing to transfer directly into the School of Business must have made substantial progress toward completing the freshman-sophomore, 1000-2000 level requirements, particularly those courses which are prerequisites for the Common Body of Knowledge/Entry Level Business courses (ENGL 1010 or 1011; ACCT 2001; MATH 1070Q and 1071Q; ECON 1201 and 1202, or 1200; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q) and must successfully complete these courses by the end of the term in which they have completed 54 credits or the term after they are admitted to the School of Business. Number of credits earned, grade point average in all courses taken, and space availability will be key considerations in the admissions decision. Students who have completed a minimum of 40 credits may submit an application.

Transfer applicants not accepted directly into the School of Business at the time of entry to the University may apply for admission through the School of Business admission procedures previously listed. A decision will be made on a space available basis after completion of one full semester at the University. Individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree should contact the M.B.A., the MS in Accounting, the MS in Business Analytics and Project Management, the MS in Financial Risk Management, or the MS in Human Resource Management programs to consider a graduate, rather than another undergraduate, degree.

All applicants to the School of Business will be considered carefully in order to select the best-qualified candidates. If notified of admission before registration in the spring, students may register for fall semester classes in a business program. All admissions are contingent upon successful completion of any course work for which applicants were registered at the time of application. Successful completion is defined as completing and passing all courses submitted on application, maintaining a term grade point average (TGPA) consistent with the supplemental dismissal cumulative grade point average standard (CGPA) applied at the end of the sophomore year for time of admission. Successful completion also requires a minimum of at least a 2.0 in the TGPA, the CGPA, and all School of Business courses numbered 2000 and above.

Scholastic Standing Requirements

Students admitted to the School of Business will be reviewed at the end of each semester to determine if their academic achievement meets the requirements as established by the faculty and outlined below. All credits used to determine when a student is reviewed at a particular grade point average include course work at UConn and course work accepted by UConn that counts towards a student’s degree. The total credits earned includes all non-credit bearing grades except audits and withdrawals. The grade point averages are calculated to include all graded course work applied towards the degree. Students admitted to the School of Business must earn a 2.79 cumulative grade point average by the end of the term in which they achieve a minimum of 24 credits as defined above. In the student’s next fulltime term, they must achieve a 2.93 cumulative grade point average. Students admitted to the School of Business must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the term in which they achieve a minimum of 54 credits as defined above. Students in their junior and senior years, must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Only students who achieve these cumulative grade point averages, will be permitted to continue as a major in the School of Business. Additionally, students must show substantial progress toward meeting the freshman-sophomore course requirements, especially those courses that are requisites for the 3000 and 4000-level business courses (ENGL 1010 or 1011; ACCT 2001; MATH 1070Q and 1071Q; ECON 1201 and 1202, or 1200; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q) and must successfully complete these courses by the end of their 4th term. This may include some non-degree work completed by the student prior to matriculating to the University of Connecticut.

Students accepted to the School of Business must maintain a minimum at least a 2.0 in their TGPA and all School of Business courses numbered at the 3000 and 4000 level plus ACCT 2001 and 2101. Students who fail to maintain the minimum grade point average in any of these areas or fail to complete specified courses as noted above are subject to dismissal from the School of Business. Students conditionally admitted to the School on the basis of successful completion of courses for which they have indicated they were registered must pass all those courses by the end of that term and meet the 2.0 grade point average for the semester, cumulative, and business courses or be subject to having their acceptance rescinded.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Upon recommendation of the faculty, the degree of Bachelor of Science is awarded by vote of the Board of Trustees to students who have met the following requirements: (1) Earned a total of 120 credits; (2) earned at least a 2.0 CGPA; (3) earned at least a 2.0 grade point average for all credits in School of Business courses numbered 2000-level and above for which they have been registered; (4) earned at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree while a student at the University of Connecticut; (5) earned at least 24 credits in 3000-4000 level courses including MGMT 4900 or 4902 and a required business course satisfying the “writing in the major” general education requirement in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, with no more than three of these 24 credits in independent study courses and no more than three of these 24 credits in field study internship courses, and no credits from UConn Education Abroad; (6) achieved a cumulative 2.0 grade point average for the total of all departmental major courses for which they have been registered at the University of Connecticut, excluding grades and credits for independent studies and internships; (7) met all the requirements of the School of Business. See specific Bachelor of Science requirements, including courses which must be taken in residence, in each major. The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program, jointly offered by the School of Business and the School of Engineering, has its own specific requirements. Please refer to that section.

The degree in business requires a minimum of 120 degree credits of course work. Business courses offered specifically for non-majors (courses with the BADM designation and some courses offered by other schools) cannot be used to satisfy requirements for 3000-4000 level business electives. At least 60 credits presented for the degree must be comprised of courses other than business, including general education course work: no more than 9 credits of economics and no more than 6 credits of statistics may be counted as part of these 60 credits. Students who wish to minor in economics or statistics may do so, but this may require coursework beyond 120 credits to satisfy the requirements of both the major and the minor.

Regional Campus Majors

The requirements for majors in Business Administration and in Business Data Analytics may be completed at the Hartford, Stamford or Waterbury campuses. The requirements for majors in Digital Marketing & Analytics and in Financial Management may be completed at the Stamford regional campus. Students in other business majors may complete their General Education Requirements and most of their Business Common Body of Knowledge requirements at the regional campuses before transferring to the Storrs campus.

Exemptions and Substitutions

Students who desire to be excused from course requirements, or to substitute other courses for those prescribed, should consult the Office of Undergraduate Advising. Such exemptions or substitutions must be approved by the dean of the school.

Transfer Credits

The transfer of credits for 3000-4000 level courses offered by the School of Business on the basis of work done at schools that do not offer the baccalaureate or schools not accredited by the AACSB International, with the exception of specific agreements with the Connecticut Community Colleges, is permitted only by validation procedures established by academic departments within the School. Typical validation procedures may include successful completion (C or better) of additional prescribed course work at the University of Connecticut or the completion of a departmental examination. Students must receive departmental approval before beginning any validation procedures.

Grades of Pass/Fail or Audit

In the School of Business, students may not elect the Pass/Fail or Audit option for any course used to meet the general education distribution requirements, the course requirements for a major, or any course taken within any of the departments of the School.

Plan of Study

Major requirements are outlined in the plan of study current at the time of the student’s entry or readmission into the School of Business, whichever is later.

Curricula in Business

I. University General Education Requirements

The University has adopted General Education requirements in a variety of curricula areas that must be satisfied as part of every bachelor’s degree program. These requirements are listed in the General Education Requirements section of this Catalog.

II. Business Critical Required Courses

Business students must complete the following requirements in order to prepare for professional studies that will begin in the junior year. Students should note that many of these courses also fulfill University General Education requirements.

Note: Please refer to the Curricula in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing listed later in this section.

A view of the atrium in the School of Business building.

ACCT 2001; ECON 1200 or both 1201 and 1202; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; MATH 1070Q and 1071Q; or MATH 1131Q and 1132Q; or MATH 1131Q and 1070Q; or MATH 1125Q and 1126Q and 1070Q or MATH 1125Q and 1126Q and 1132Q; or MATH 1151Q and 1152Q; or MATH 1151Q and 1132Q; or MATH 1151Q and 1070Q; or MATH 2141Q and 2142Q; or MATH 2141Q and 1152Q; or MATH 2141Q and 1132Q; or MATH 2141Q and 1070Q; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q.

Foreign Language

All students must have (1) Passed the third year level course in high school in a single foreign language, ancient or modern; or (2) Two units/levels of a single foreign language in high school PLUS an added year of college courses at a more advanced level in a single foreign language; or (3) Completion of two years (four semesters) through the college Intermediate Level.

III. Business Required Courses

Complete at least one course from each of the following four categories:

Business Arts and Humanities: ECON 2102/W1; HIST 1201, 1400, 1501/W2, 1502/W2, 1600, 1800, 3705

Business Philosophy: PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107, 1175

Business Communication: COMM 1000 or 11003

Business Psychology: PSYC 1100

Business International and Diversity and Multiculturalism: Complete at least one course from the “International” category and one more course from either the “International” or “Diversity and Multiculturalism” category.

International: ANTH 1000/W; ANTH/HRTS 3153W; CLCS 2201; GEOG 1700, 2000; HRTS 1007; NRE 2600; PHIL 1106; POLS 1202/W4, 1207; WGSS 1124.

Diversity and Multiculturalism: AFRA/ANTH 3152; AFRA/POLS 3642; AMST 1201/ENGL 1201/HIST 1503; INTD 2245; PHIL 1107; SOCI 1501/W

  • 1 Students choosing ECON 2102/W must take care to meet the University requirement of completing Content Areas 1, 2, and 3 courses from 6 different departments.
  • 2 HIST 1501/W or 1502/W recommended for students who have not completed high school level courses in American Government and American History.
  • 3 COMM 1100 does not fulfill Content Area 2, but is recommended for accounting majors. COMM 1000 is recommended for students interested in pursuing a COMM minor.
  • 4 POLS 1202/W recommended for students who have not completed a High School level course in American Government.

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits used toward graduation requirements must be comprised of non-business courses, including general education course work. No more than 9 credits of economics and no more than 6 credits of statistics may be counted as part of these 60 credits. COMM 1100 is recommended for Accounting majors.

Common Body of Knowledge

The following Common Body of Knowledge courses are prescribed for all students in this school and should be completed in the junior year: ACCT 2101 (to be taken no later than fifth semester); BLAW 3175; FNCE 3101; MGMT 3101; BADM 4070W (BADM 4075W for Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Digital Marketing & Analytics, and Financial Management majors only); MKTG 3101; OPIM 3103, 3104.

Capstone Requirement

All students are required to complete a capstone course sequence. Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Digital Marketing & Analytics, and Financial Management majors must take MGMT 4902. All other majors must take MGMT 4900. All majors except Accounting must take BUSN 3005.

Competency Requirements

All students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Digital Marketing & Analytics, Finance, Financial Management, Health Care Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Real Estate/Urban Economics must also fulfill the requirements in the three following competency categories.

Computer Technology

The School of Business places special emphasis on the use of information technologies to complete the assignments in many classes. Exit expectations are met through all core business courses, but primarily through the Business Information Systems course (OPIM 3103), which is required of all majors.

Information Literacy

The core courses in the School will require students to acquire information about markets and companies. This empirical research is fundamental to sound decision making in a business career. This advanced level of information literacy will specifically be included in FNCE 3101,MKTG 3101, OPIM 3103 and MGMT 4900 or 4902, which are all required.

Writing in the Major

Students are required to complete BADM 4070W or BADM 4075W depending on major requirements and one elective “W” course.

Students majoring in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing should consult the competency information listed with the other major requirements.

Other Educational Opportunities

Field Study Internships

Internship experiences provide students an opportunity for supervised field work in areas of business and government. Regular internship programs are available on a limited basis in accounting, real estate, healthcare systems management, management information systems, and management. Individual internships may be arranged in other departments and majors within the School of Business; these are subject to availability and departmental restrictions.

Pre-Law Studies

Business students who plan to apply for admission to a school of law may arrange for pre-legal curricular counseling through the Undergraduate Programs Office in the School of Business.

The Center for International Business Education and Research Programs (CIBER)

The Center for International Business Programs is a focal point for international research and outreach activities. It is also a resource center for international business education. In addition, the Center actively sponsors faculty travel and hosts visiting international scholars. It is a resource center for international business education. It is the focal point for facilitating academic-business partnerships on an international basis.

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies (CREUES)

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies is especially concerned with research on real estate markets and valuation, urban growth and land use structure, and public and private administration of real estate resources. Research interests also include the administration of business firms in construction and development, real estate law, real estate financing, marketing, management, and valuation. The Center operates in conjunction with and supports the school’s teaching program in real estate and urban economic studies.

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI)

The CCEI is a focal point for expanding the University’s emphasis on entrepreneurial education, research, and business partnering. The CCEI offers a multi-faceted high quality program designed to provide assistance to Connecticut’s entrepreneurial businesses, to explore their problems and create solutions, to foster supportive feedback from practitioners, and to develop a continuous integrated learning environment for students, faculty and the entrepreneurial community. The Center’s vision is to serve as the resource of choice to Connecticut’s entrepreneurial business community, while developing innovative and exciting educational opportunities for students, faculty and entrepreneurs. The Center serves as an interdisciplinary home for a number of entrepreneurial initiatives and also facilitates entrepreneurship curriculum development. Furthermore, the Center is a source of student internships, a conduit for external financial support, facilitates student and faculty development, and serves the Connecticut entrepreneurial community.

Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI)

Connecticut Information Technology Institute, a unit of the School of Business, provides the influential knowledge community needed to support IT focused academic degree programs and corporate IT development objectives. From enhancing office productivity to advanced development, from short course certification to academic degrees, the CITI knowledge community offers a variety of IT solutions, training, and education. CITI’s special events, seminars and courses offer a range of dynamic education and training opportunities. Situated on UConn’s campus in downtown Stamford, the location provides unique opportunities to learn and work in close proximity to some of the leading Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. More information can be found on the CITI website. For more details, contact Interim Director Karla Fox.

The Family Business Program

The Family Business Program was created as a result of a business community-University of Connecticut School of Business partnership to provide a resource for family businesses. The Program also is a focal point for research in the area of family business. There are a number of corporate sponsors for this program. Members from all businesses can participate in workshops and round table discussion on issues of interest to family businesses.

The Stamford Learning Accelerator (SLA)

The Stamford Learning Accelerator provides greatly expanded university and business cooperation on experiential learning. Building on the success of the School of Business’ other Learning Accelerators that house projects from Multiple companies and organizations, the SLA will take this one step further. The SLA is a collaborative, multidisciplinary learning space where programs from many UConn colleges and schools will share space and resources to foster a very wide range of student team projects. The SLA is located in a 9000+sq. ft. technologically advanced setting at the Stamford Regional Campus.

Thomas J. and Bette Wolff Family Program in Entrepreneurship

The Wolff Family Program in Entrepreneurship presently supports an endowed chair in strategic entrepreneurship which encourages cutting-edge research. In addition, program sponsors the Management Department’s Annual Business Plan Competition, which awards $10, 000 in prize money to budding student entrepreneurs. The support for this program is due to the generosity of one of the School’s most generous alums, Mr. Thomas J. Wolff.

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