BA Economics Advanced Standing

BA Economics Advanced Standing

Eller College of Management BA Economics requires Advanced Standing to the upper-division curriculum.

This selective process is separate from the admission application to the University of Arizona. 

Priority Application

  • The Priority application for the Spring 2024 semester will be open from February 8th – February 29th.

 Rolling Application

  • The Rolling application will be open April 22nd through August 16th. 

Ready to apply? Please click on the "Admission Portal" below to access the application:


Follow a link below or scroll down to view details on Eller College Advanced Standing to BA Economics: 


Dates and times are subject to change; please check back again at the beginning of each semester to confirm dates.

*This Timeline refers to the Priority Application period*

SPRING 2024 Date & Time Advanced Standing Activity

February 7 @ 5 p.m.
February 8 @ 5 p.m.

*All times are Mountain Standard Time (MST)*

Advanced Standing Orientation
February 7 @ 5 p.m. ZOOM

February 8 @ 5 p.m. ZOOM
Students are expected to attend the Advanced Standing Orientation to prepare for the application process.

February 7 @ 5 p.m.

Advanced Standing Application Opens in eSMS
eSMS Admissions portal may required authentication for first-time users


February 8 – February 29

Mandatory Academic Advising Appointments 
To schedule an appointment, applications must first be submitted online through eSMS


February 29 @ 12 p.m.  noon

Advanced Standing Application Submission Deadline 
Students must submit upload materials online through eSMS

March 4 by 5 p.m.

Admission Confirmation Notifications Sent by Email 
Applicants should watch for an email to their University of Arizona CatMail account

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for Advance Standing for Economics to the Eller College of Management, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on 12 or more completed graded UA units. If fewer than 12 UA units have been completed, a Transfer GPA will be calculated using coursework from all transfer institutions attended. Any student who does not pass ECON 200 after the second attempt will no longer be eligible to apply for Advance Standing.

Have completed a minimum of 30 units of work acceptable to The University of Arizona and be on track to complete 46 credits by the end of the semester in which applying.

All applicants must be complete or in progress with the necessary Pre-Economic Foundation Coursework. All Foundation Courses must be successfully completed by the end of the regular semester in which a student applies. Students who do not pass any foundation courses which are in progress during the semester in which they apply will have their Advance Standing revoked. The following required courses must be complete or may be in progress as noted below:

  • Math Sequence:
    At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
    MATH 116 and BNAN 276
    Note: MATH 116 can be replaced with an approved Calculus course (such as MATH 113, 122B, or 125)
    Note: Calculus MUST be completed with a grade of a “C” or higher
    Note: BNAN 276 can be replaced with ECON/AREC 339
  • English Composition Sequence: 
    All courses in this sequence must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. Acceptable course sequences include: 
    ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 OR
    ENGL 101A and ENGL 102 OR
    ENGL 107 and ENGL 108 OR
    ENGL 106, ENGL 107 and ENGL 108 OR
    ENGL 109H
  • Economics Sequence:
    Course(s) should be complete. Acceptable course(s) include:
    ECON 200 OR
    ECON 201A and ECON 201B (transfer credit)
    Note: ECON 200 MUST be completed with a grade of a “C” or higher
  • Management Information Systems Course(s):
    Courses can be complete or in progress. Acceptable courses include:
    MIS 111 with MIS 111L OR 
    MIS 111 with MIS 112 (if completing Fall 2018 or later)
    • MIS 111L is required for students who entered the UA in Fall 2012 or later (MIS 112 for students who enter the UA Fall 2018 or later). 
    • Arizona transfer students, please speak with an advisor for more information.
  • Business Communication Course:
    Course is typically in progress the semester in which applying for Advanced Standing. Acceptable course(s) include:
    BCOM 212 OR
    BCOM 214 (if already completed as a Foundational Business Management major or over the Summer)
    Note: English Composition Sequence must be completed before taking a Business Communication Course
    Arizona transfer students, please speak with an advisor for more information.

Students must be in good academic standing (UA GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the UA in order to be eligible to start the Advance Standing courses. Students may not start the upper-division courses on Academic Probation (UA GPA below 2.0).

Application Process

The Advanced Standing process for entry into the BA Economics Major within the Eller College of Management requires the following steps:

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements. 
  2. Attend the Advanced Standing Orientation (applicable only to the Priority Application period).
  3. Submit the online application through eSMS. You must first submit the online application in order to schedule your advising appointment
  4. Attend a mandatory academic advising appointment with an academic advisor.
  5. Upload your completed application by the required deadline (late applications will not be accepted).
    Completed application includes:
    - Cover Letter: explains reason for pursuing chosen major, as well as personal accomplishments and career goals.
    Resume: highlights your experiences and accomplishments


Eller College Advanced Standing Orientation is mandatory for all Eller College students applying for Advanced Standing during the Priority Application period.

Students are expected to be in attendance at one of the orientation sessions listed below. Casual Attire is appropriate for all Advanced Standing Orientation sessions. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to the Orientation session so that you can submit your online application.  

Please RSVP to the Orientation via eSMS:

  • Log into eSMS
  • Add RSVP
  • Search for Orientation as event type 

Spring 2024 Advanced Standing Orientation Dates

  • Wednesday, February 7
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, February 29
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Criteria Considered

The Eller College Professional Program seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal abilities that will contribute to the Eller College's academic and co-curricular programs, as well as those students who demonstrate strong leadership potential and have a high potential for success in the professional management field. The admission process is selective. Candidates are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Cumulative UA GPA
    • Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible to apply. A Transfer GPA will be calculated for all transfer students who have earned less than 12 credits at UA.
  • Foundational Economics Foundation Courses
    • Students must complete required Foundational Economics Foundation courses, or be in the process of completing courses during the semester in which they apply.  
  • Cover Letter and Resume
    • Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate leadership, work experience, community service, and involvement in co-curricular activities
    • Students are encouraged to utilize resources and Career Coaching offered through the Eller Professional Development Center.

One of our goals is a diverse student body. Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to U.S. citizens and others who are otherwise qualified to hold permanent employment in the U.S.

Application Fee

A $55 application fee will be charged to all students submitting an application.  For current University of Arizona students, this fee is charged to the student’s Bursars account. Students not yet admitted to the University must pay the $55 application fee online once their eligibility is confirmed (more information shared in advising appointment).