About the College of Business
Students who wish to pursue a degree in the College of Business at NDSU enroll as pre-major students for their freshman and sophomore years. Pre-major students apply for admission at least one semester prior to enrolling in the major program. To be considered for admission, students must submit to the Dean's Office a completed application and current NDSU transcript.
Admission to the major program requires successful completion of all pre-major requirements, junior standing, and a minimum 2.50 institutional cumulative grade-point average. Students must be admitted into the major program prior to enrolling in the advanced 300-400-level accounting, business administration, finance, management, management information systems, and/or marketing courses offered by the College.
The College of Business has specific policies on transfer course evaluations. The transfer of business courses into the professional program is limited to credit earned at business programs accredited by AACSB International. Contact the College of Business Student Service Center for more information.
The College of Business offers undergraduate majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy degrees are described in the Graduate Bulletin online.
Students are required to complete the course requirements of one of the majors in the college. Requirements for graduation are those in existence at the time of admission to the major. In addition, all majors must maintain a 2.50 institutional cumulative grade-point average.
Students must be accepted into the major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in required 300-400 level College of Business courses.
Graduation from the College of Business with a major in Accounting requires a grade of 'C' or better in all required accounting (ACCT) courses that receive a letter grade. The only exceptions to this policy are accounting electives and a grade of 'B' or better in ACCT 200 and 201.
Graduation from the College of Business with a major in Management Information Systems requires a grade of 'C' or better in all required MIS/CSCI/ECE courses that receive a letter grade.
Students in the College of Business are responsible for monitoring their individual progress toward degree completion. Full time academic advisers and faculty advisers are available to provide guidance and answer questions.
Students must have junior standing (60 credits) and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to enroll in 300-400 level courses in the College of Business. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of 'B' in ACCT 200: Elements of Accounting I, and ACCT 201: Elements of Accounting II, or the equivalent courses in transfer, to enroll in 300-400 level accounting courses.
Cooperative Education, a program of the Career Center, offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to integrate classroom study with paid, career-related work experience for academic credit. Work may be full or part time. A cooperative education experience may substantially improve students' employment opportunities after graduation. A cooperative education experience is one way to satisfy the practicum requirements described below for Accounting and Management Information Systems majors.
General College Academic Policies
- The College of Business may consider granting transfer credit for upper level business courses from colleges that are accredited by AACSB International. Business courses from programs that do not hold AACSB International accreditation cannot be used for a major or a minor in the College of Business; such courses may be eligible for use as a free elective. The College of Business accepts a maximum of nine credits of non-NDSU 300 and 400-level business courses from AACSB programs with the approval of the department.
- Pre-approval from the department head or chair is required to enroll in 300 and 400-level business courses at another university and Tri-College University. Transfer courses with grades of 'D' are not accepted for ACCT 200, ACCT 201, and 300 and 400-level major requirements.
- Students must have junior or senior standing and a minimum 2.50 institutional grade point average to enroll in 300 and 400-level courses in the College of Business.
- Students are required to earn a minimum grade of 'B' in ACCT 200 and ACCT 201, or the equivalent courses in transfer, to enroll in 300 and 400-level accounting courses.
- College of Business courses completed in previous semesters are considered valid for degree requirements if taken within the previous five years.
- Students majoring in the College of Business cannot minor in business administration.