All students admitted to JMU, and in good academic standing, may declare a major in business and take lower-level business courses.  To enroll in upper-level business courses, students must formally apply for acceptance to the College of Business.  Students may submit an application for formal acceptance during the semester in which they are completing the lower-level BBA core courses.

Requirements to continue pursuing a B.B.A. degree are described below:

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

  1. A completed application for acceptance into the College of Business is submitted to the CoB Academic Success Center according to the following schedule:  November 1 for upcoming Spring semester; April 1 for upcoming Summer session and Fall semester;
  2. All 8 lower-level B.B.A. core courses are successfully completed;
  3. Students with a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA are assured acceptance into the College of Business and COB 300; and
  4. Acceptance is granted within one calendar year of the applicant's first application.  Two applications, in consecutive semesters of enrollment, are permitted.

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.

Requirements for formal acceptance into the College of Business (and COB 300) 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.

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

Formal acceptance to the CoB permits you to enroll in COB 300.  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.

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.

BBA Core GPA Calculator

Use the BBA Core GPA Calculator to determine your current BBA 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.  Please allow a few seconds for the Excel form to download.

Important Information Regarding COB 300 Application

If you plan to take COB 300 next semester (spring 2020), your COB 300 application is due November 1, 2019.  The application is available online. 

There will be 4 general information sessions if you have questions regarding COB 300 requirements, the COB 300 application process and/or COB 300 course registration.  Each session is open to all BBA majors.  Attendance is not required.  Sessions provide each future COB 300 applicant the opportunity to ask questions specifically related to COB 300. 

  • Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30pm in Showker 106
  • Friday, October 11th at 3:00pm in Showker 106
  • Friday, October 25th at 4:00pm in Showker 106
  • Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00pm in Showker 107

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