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Students seeking a B.B.A. business degree will need to apply for formal acceptance to the College of Business (CoB) to begin the COB 300 course and enroll in upper level business courses.

There is an application, but it is only to ensure that you have completed your lower core business courses with a GPA of 2.7 or above and are in good academic standing. There is no essay or other component required, and you are not put in competition with other students for placement.

Formal Acceptance to the College of Business and the COB 300 course requires:

  • An application.
  • Completion of eight lower-level B.B.A. Core Courses
  • A GPA of 2.7 in the B.B.A. Core Courses

The above requirements do not apply to students who are enrolled in the B.S. or B.A. degree program in economics or to those enrolled in the B.S. degree program in quantitative finance

See the “Progressions Standards” section below for complete details.

B.B.A. Core GPA Calculator

Use the B.B.A. Core GPA Calculator to determine your current B.B.A. lower-level core GPA.  You may also enter grades you intend to receive for courses in which you are currently taking and/or courses in which you'll take in the future. This calculator also has "Repeat Forgive" and "Repeat Credit" features. 

The B.B.A. core GPA is calculated using grades earned in the B.B.A. lower-level core excluding calculus (MATH 205 or MATH 235). Only grades earned at JMU will be used. The university policy for calculating repeat-credit and repeat-forgive will be honored. Students may use the BBA Core GPA calculator for assistance in calculating their GPA.

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Progression Standards for the College of Business**

Two applications for formal acceptance into the CoB, in consecutive semesters of enrollment, are permitted. Acceptance is granted within one calendar year of the applicant's first application.

New transfers going directly into COB 300 are not held to the application deadline. 

Some CoB majors may impose standards that exceed those of the CoB. If this is the case, you must meet both the CoB requirements and the requirements of the major in which you are interested.

Any student admitted to JMU can declare any major offered by the College of Business. Students are not formally admitted into the College of Business until certain requirements are met. Requirements to continue pursuing a B.B.A. degree are described below.

Students are formally admitted into the College of Business as a B.B.A. major and permitted to register for COB 300 when the following requirements are met:

  • Submission of a completed application for admission into the College of Business is submitted to the COB Academic Success Center according to the schedule shown below.
    • November 1 for the upcoming spring semester
    • February 15 for the upcoming summer session
    • April 1 for the upcoming fall semester
  • Successful completion with a GPA of 2.7 (or higher) in the following business core courses: COB 191, COB 202, COB 204, COB 241, COB 291, ECON 200 and ECON 201. Only grades earned at JMU will be used to calculate the B.B.A. core GPA.
  • Successful completion of calculus.
  • No core course needed for COB 300 admission may be attempted more than two times. An "attempted course" is one in which a final letter grade, including "W", "WP" and "WF," is recorded on the student's official JMU transcript.

The university policy for calculating repeat-credit and repeat-forgive will be followed.

Students who fail to meet the requirements described above will be denied admission into the College of Business and will be referred to JMU Career and Academic Planning for assistance in choosing another major.

Students should consult with the major department for further progression requirements in the specific major.

**Requirements to be admitted into the College of Business are effective based on when a student intends to enroll in COB 300. Students are advised to consult the College of Business Academic Success Center for current requirements.

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