UCF College of Business promotes a proactive approach to choosing a major and ultimately a career by designing a curriculum and programs to help you land your next opportunity (e.g., internship, job, business start-up, graduate school, etc.) before you leave UCF.
Selecting a Major in the College of Business
Figuring out what you want to do with your one precious life is a challenging task. There are many possibilities and sorting through them is a daunting task. Many business school students come to us with “fuzzy goals” and hope to narrow their choices as they go through their college years. The problem with this approach is that a late change in your area of study can greatly delay your time to graduation and leave you with gaps in your experience and skill sets as you leave college and enter the marketplace.
Admission into the College of Business
The College of Business is a restricted access college, meaning that in order to be accepted into a College of Business major certain criteria must be met. Therefore, admission into UCF does not equate to admission into the College of Business. Once a student applies, or transfers to UCF, students must qualify to be admitted into their intended major and are placed in a “pre” business major until requirements are complete.
Admission into all College of Business restricted-access BSBA programs (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Integrated Business, Management, Marketing and Real Estate) requires:
- Completion of the General Education Program
- Completion of the Gordon Rule requirements
- Completion of the Business Common Program Prerequisites with a grade of C or better
- MAC 1105 College Algebra
- ACG 2021 Financial Accounting
- ACG 2071 Managerial Accounting
- ECO 2013 Macroeconomics
- ECO 2023 Microeconomics
- CGS 2100 Computer Fundamentals for Business
- QMB 3003 Quantitative Business Tools I, or (STA 2023 Statistics and MAC 2233 Concepts of Calculus)
- An overall GPA of 2.0
- Completion of the Primary Business Core at UCF or an AACSB accredited institution. The Primary Core includes the following five courses:
- MAN 3025 Management of Organizations
- MAR 3023 Marketing
- FIN 3403 Finance
- QMB 3200 Quantitative Business Tool II
- ACG 3173 Accounting for Decision Makers (all majors except Pre-Accounting); or ACG 3131 Intermediate Accounting I (Pre-Accounting majors)
- Completion of GPA requirements for chosen major
For more details on admission standards for this major, and the process of going from a “pre” business major to the major of your choosing please go to our Admission Standards and Academic Policy page.
Selecting Your Major
Based upon the interests and skills identified in GEB 3006 (or GEB 3003 for earlier catalog years) and academic performance in the Primary Business Core classes, students will select and request admission to a specific business major. Due to the highly specialized nature of the Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing majors, interested candidates must show mastery of the subject matter, as demonstrated by a 3.0 GPA in the five Primary Core classes. Additionally, a grade of at least a B “3.0” is required in the introductory course of the desired major, and a minimum grade of C “2.0” is required in each of the five Primary Core classes. Upon admission into the Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing majors, a minimum grade of C “2.0” is required in all coursework in the program. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in the Major as well as a minimum 2.0 GPA in the College to successfully complete these programs.
All students, upon successful completion of the Primary Business Core classes with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to enter the Economics, Integrated Business, and Real Estate majors. Upon admission into the Economics, Integrated Business, and Real Estate majors, students must earn a minimum grade of C “2.0” in all major coursework, and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the Major and College to successfully complete the degree.
In the Major Curriculum
After selecting a specific business major and receiving college approval to enter the major, students will begin taking coursework in their selected major. All business majors require 27 credit hours of coursework in the major. In addition, all students will complete the Secondary Business Core and the remaining three courses in the Career Professional Series. These courses are to be taken concurrently with coursework in the major.
The Secondary Business Core courses are designed to ensure that students have a solid understanding of the various functions of business and the environment in which the enterprise operates. The Secondary Business Core courses are:
- QMB 3602 Business Research for Decision Making
- BUL 3130 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
- MAR 3203 Supply Chain Management
- MAN 4720 Strategic Management/Capstone
In order to prepare students for their post college career, students will also complete the Career Professionalism Series that began with GEB 3006: Career Development and Financial Planning. The Career Professionalism Series includes:
- GEB 3006 Career Development and Financial Planning
Career decisions relating to choice of major and programs of study are often time consuming and haphazard. This course provides personal reflection and decision making skills to help you successfully navigate educational and on-going career challenges. You will learn about the local economy, job market and valuable information about financial planning.
- GEB 3005 Career Search Strategies
Students will learn about the mechanics of finding a job including sources of hire (job boards, campus resources and activities, cultivating referrals, networking, internships, etc.) and job seeker activities (sourcing job leads, application process, interviewing, follow-up).
- GEB 4223 Business Interviewing Techniques
Students will practice the verbal skills needed to find a job by learning how to “tell their story.” This includes activities such as mock interviewing, networking, elevator pitch, social media messaging, personal branding, etc.
- GEB 4004 Executing Your Career Plan
Students will finalize the implementation of their career plan and learn what to do after they get their entry-level job to manage their career. The class will end with a reflection paper on their career development journey beginning with GEB 3006.
Ready to Get Your Business Degree?
Applying to the College of Business Administration is easy and straightforward – if you meet all of the requirements, your admission is guaranteed.