Core Requirements - NIU - College of Business

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Core Requirements

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) requires that the majority of the professional course work in various degree programs be taken during a student's junior and senior years.

NIU's College of Business offers six undergraduate programs: Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations & Information Management. To enroll in UBUS 310 (the first upper-level business course required) every student must:

  • Be in Junior standing (have at least 60 semester hours completed);
  • Have a minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA (NIU & Transfer GPA); and
  • Complete the following TEN prerequisite courses (with at least a "C" or better--only TWO attempts allowed per course):
    • ACCY 206, Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • ACCY 207, Introduction to Cost Management
    • MGMT 217, Legal Environment of Business
    • UBUS 223, Introduction to Business Statistics
    • ECON 260, Principles of Microeconomics
    • ECON 261, Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ENGL 104, Rhetoric and Composition II
        OR ENGL 105, Rhetoric and Composition
    • MATH 211, Calculus for Business and Social Science
        OR MATH 229, Calculus I
    • PSYC 102, Introduction to Psychology
    • OMIS 259, Introduction to Business Information Systems

In addition to the 2.75 GPA requirement to enroll in UBUS 310, individual departments may have a current retention policy to continue in their upper-level program, including a higher GPA requirement. Meet with an advisor for further information.

Specific admission criteria for Accountancy majors to enroll in any 300 or 400-level accountancy courses >

Major-Specifc Requirements

Each major has specific requirements for graduation from their program.