The Eller College of Management BSBA degree program requires professional admission to the individual majors.
This competitive and selective process is separate from the admission application to the University of Arizona. You can apply for admission and access your online application in the application portal by clicking on the link below.
Follow a link below or scroll down to view details on the Eller College BSBA professional admission:
- Eligibility Requirements
- Application Process
- Skills Assessment Exam
- Cohort Options
- Criteria Considered
- Differential Tuition Surcharge
- Application Fee
Dates and times are subject to change; please check back again at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester to confirm dates.
|Spring 2020 Dates and Times||Professional Admission Activity|
Professional Admission Application Opens in eSMS Admissions Portal
International/ESL Student Information Session (4 p.m.)
Professional Admission Orientation (5 p.m.)
Admission With Excellence Orientation (5 p.m.)
**Casual attire is appropriate for the Professional Admission orientation meetings.
Transfer Student Information Session (4 p.m.)
Professional Admission Orientation (5 p.m.)
Admission With Excellence Orientation (5 p.m.)
**Casual attire is appropriate for the Professional Admission orientation meetings.
10:30 a.m. - 12 pm
1:30 - 3 pm
Global Cohort Orientation
|January 27 - February 7||Mandatory Academic Advising Appointments
To schedule an appointment, applications must first be submitted online through eSMS Admissions portal
|Professional Admission Application Deadline
McClelland Hall Room 201
Late applications are NOT accepted; students must submit hard-copies and upload materials online through eSMS Admissions portal
ESL (English as a Second Language) Interviews and Writing Assessment
Global Cohort Interviews
ESL and Global Cohort Skills Assessment Exam
|Skills Assessment Exam
Social Sciences Building Room 100, starting at 8 a.m.
|February 15||Professional Admission Interviews
Interview times are scheduled during the mandatory academic advising appointment
around 5 p.m.
|Admission Decision Notifications Sent by Email to applicants University of Arizona CatMail
Time and date are approximate and subject to change
A $55 fee will be applied to all students submitting a Professional Admission application.
In order to be eligible to apply for Professional Admission in the Eller College of Management, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- GPA Requirement: Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 12 or more completed graded UA units (this minimum is subject to change in future semesters). If fewer than 12 UA units have been completed, a Transfer GPA will be calculated using coursework from all transfer institutions attended.
- Unit Requirement: Have completed a minimum of 36 units of work acceptable to The University of Arizona and be on track to complete 50 credits by the end of the semester in which applying.
- Foundation Coursework Requirement: All applicants must be complete or in progress with the necessary Pre-Business Foundation Coursework. When calculating the Foundation GPA, all graded attempts at courses will be considered. 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 Professional Admission revoked. Students applying for Business Economics must pass their Calculus and Economics courses with a grade of C or better. The following required courses must be complete or may be in progress as noted below:
- Accounting Sequence:
At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
ACCT 200 and ACCT 210
- Business Math and Statistics Sequence:
At least two complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
MATH 116, BNAD 276 and BNAD 277
Note: Math 116 can be replaced with an approved Calculus course
- English Composition Sequence:
The final course in the sequence must be complete or in progress 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
- Economics Sequence:
Course(s) can be complete or in progress. Acceptable course(s) include:
ECON 200 OR
ECON 201A and ECON 201B
- 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 Professional Admissions.
BCOM 214 is required for all students who began at the University of Arizona Fall 2015 or later.
- Accounting Sequence:
- Skills Assessment Exam: All applicants must successfully obtain a passing score of 75 percent (15/20) on the Skills Assessment Exam. Applicants who are conditionally admitted will have three attempts to pass the exam.
- Good Academic Standing: 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 cohort. Students may not start the upper-division cohort on Academic Probation (UA GPA below 2.0).
All students entering the Professional Program must possess a high level of language proficiency (speaking, writing, listening and reading) and a high level of interpersonal competency for success and satisfaction. To achieve this, the following language-proficiency policy is in place.
To demonstrate receptive language proficiency (reading and listening), all International applicants (those who were admitted to The University of Arizona as an International student) must submit at least one of the following official proofs of high-level of English proficiency. Students must have completed this requirement and the official scores must be displayed in UAccess at the time of application:
- TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT (internet Based Test)
- IELTS score of at least 6.5
- CESL endorsement from level 8 or 9 in CESL's University Track prior to UA matriculation
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing at least 580 or ACT English at least 21 upon admission to the UA
All International/ESL students must demonstrate productive verbal language proficiency (listening and speaking) in an interview setting, as well as written language proficiency (reading and writing) through a written assessment.
During the interview phase of the application process, International/ESL applicants will be interviewed by Eller College Associates and Business Communication staff/faculty who are specialists in language proficiency. The interview will include an evaluation of both oral and written competency. Based on the evaluation of an applicant’s language proficiency during the interview phase, one of the following recommendations will be made:
- High-Level Proficiency: Eligible for Admission. If admitted, no additional language support will be required. Students with high-level proficiency will be able to utilize continued drop-in support sessions during their first semester in the cohort.
- Mid-Level Proficiency: Eligible for Admission with Required Support. If admitted, completion of three mandatory Language Support Workshops (for a fee of $120, subject to change) will be required prior to starting the upper-division cohort. Participation in these three workshops is required in order to retain Professional Admission. Additionally, students with mid-level proficiency will be encouraged to utilize continued drop-in support sessions during their first semester cohort.
- Low-Level Proficiency: Admission Denied. To re-apply in a future semester, student will need: (a) complete the Eller Professional Language Skills Development Workshop for International Students (for a fee of $250, subject to change) and (b) re-evaluation of oral and written competency during the interview phase of the new application semester. Participation in these five workshops is required in order to be eligible to reapply for Professional Admission in a future semester.
Students must demonstrate Mid-Level or High-Level Proficiency in each of the following areas: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Students who demonstrate language deficiencies and receive a Low-Level Proficiency evaluation in any of these areas will not be admissible to the Eller College.
- Transfer Students (who have earned less than 12 UA credits) may apply for Professional Admission during their last semester at their Community College even if they have not been officially accepted to The University of Arizona. The University of Arizona application must be in progress at the time of application.
- All attempted transferable credits at all institutions of enrollment will be considered when calculating a Transfer GPA. To be eligible to apply, Transfer Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 Transfer GPA.
- Please review the foundation courses offered through Arizona's Community Colleges under Admissions for Transfer Students
- Attend the Transfer Student Professional Admission Orientation.
The Admission with Excellence initiative was designed to recognize the academic efforts of all high-achieving Eller Pre-Business students and support them in their Professional Development during their time at the University of Arizona as they prepare for future career opportunities.
Students qualify for Admission with Excellence if they:
- Maintain a minimum 3.75 Cumulative GPA at the time of application, based on a minimum of 12 graded credits at The University of Arizona
- Maintain a minimum 3.5 Foundation GPA at the time of application
- International students must complete ENGL 101 and 102 or ENGL 109H at The University of Arizona in order to be eligible for Admission with Excellence
Students who meet the above criteria will be guaranteed:
- Professional Admission to the Eller College
- First choice of major
- Exempt from Skills Assessment Exam
- Professional Admission interview by someone in their field of interest
Due to the unique nature of the Global Cohort, these applicants applying in a Spring semester will be asked to participate in the Global Cohort interviews.
Students who believe that they meet the requirements for Admission with Excellence should attend the AWE/FDA Professional Admission Orientation, submit the online application through eSMS and then meet with an Academic Advisor. The Professional Admission timeline and process will look slightly different for students who meet the qualifications for Admission With Excellence. More information will be shared at the required advising appointment (following submission of the online application through eSMS). Although admission to the Eller College is guaranteed for Admission With Excellence applicants, each student is still expected to meet all stated deadlines and requirements throughout the Professional Admission process.
Freshmen Direct Admission (FDA) is a program designed to recognize high school students for their academic achievement and encourage them to excel in their academics and Pre-Business Foundation courses while at the University of Arizona.This program only applies to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majors.
Students are identified at the point of admission to The University of Arizona and are part of this program beginning their freshmen year. More information will be shared at the point of admission to The University of Arizona and throughout the semesters leading up to the students application for Professional Admissions.
Students qualify for this program by achieving both:
- Unweighted high school GPA of 3.8*+
- unweighted GPA's are on a 4.0 scale, no additional grade points are awarded for AP or honors coursework
- ACT score of 26+ or SAT of 1260+
* The high school GPA calculation is based on the following required core academic courses:
- English (4 units/years)
- Math (4 units/years)
- Laboratory sciences (3 units/years)
- Social sciences (2 units/years)
- Second language (2 units/years)
- Either fine arts or career and technical education (1 unit/year
Students retain their Freshmen Direct Admission status if they:
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application for Professional Admissions
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 pre-business foundation GPA at the time of application for Professional Admissions
Students who meet the above criteria will be guaranteed Professional Admission to the Eller College.
There will be a required advising appointment (following submission of the online application through eSMS) where we will confirm your status. Although admission to the Eller College is guaranteed for Freshmen Direct Admission applicants, each student is still expected to meet all stated deadlines and requirements throughout the Professional Admission process. Freshman Direct applicants will participate in a customized interview experience and will be expected to complete a skills assessment assignment in place of the exam.
Any questions concerning eligibility for Freshman Direct Admission should be directed to Tatum Rochin, pre-business academic advisor, at email@example.com
The Professional Admission process for entry into the the majors within the Eller College of Management requires the following steps:
- Meet all eligibility requirements.
- Attend the Professional Admission orientation.
- Submit the online application through eSMS. You must first submit the online application in order to schedule your advising appointment.
- Attend a mandatory academic advising appointment with an academic advisor. Your Interview and Skills Assessment Exam will be scheduled during your advising appointment.
- Turn in your completed application packet by the required deadline (late applications will not be accepted). Completed application includes:
- Application Summary Page: can be printed through eSMS after submitting the online application.
- Cover Letter (two copies): explains reason for pursuing chosen major, as well as personal accomplishments and career goals
- Resume (two copies): highlights your experiences and accomplishments.
- Participate in a professional interview with our Eller College Associates.
- Complete a Skills Assessment Exam with a passing score of 75 percent (15/20).
The admission process and timeline is slightly different for those students who qualify for Admission With Excellence or Freshmen Direct Admission. Students who believe they meet the qualifications for Admission With Excellence or Freshmen Direct Admission should attend the AWE/FDA Professional Admission Orientation Session and consult with their advisor.
Students have a maximum of two attempts at application to the Professional Program. This includes instances of students not being admitted, loss of admission due to not completing all eligibility requirements, declining admission prior to starting the cohort or dropping all classes during the first semester of the cohort. The process does not allow for deferment of admission. Students studying abroad the semester before starting the Professional Program will submit their application in absentia.
Students are conditionally admitted to both the College and the individual major. The Eller College is committed to admitting a talented class to our cohort every semester. As such, admission to the college is based on both demands for the college and individual majors. Students will not be permitted to apply to change the major to which they were admitted until the end of their first semester of the cohort. Students are encouraged to research their major choice carefully before submitting their completed application.
Students are conditionally admitted to the College based on the following areas:
- All remaining Foundation courses must be successfully completed with a passing (or transferable) grade at the end of the regular semester in which you are applying.
- A total of 54 units must be completed at the end of the semester in which you are applying.
- Students must pass the Skills Assessment Exam with a score of 75 percent or higher.
- Admitted students who score below this score will be required to re-take the exam. Students who do not score the 75 percent on the second attempt will be required to participate in a Skills Assessment Workshop, for a fee, during which they will take the final attempt. If a satisfactory score is not earned on the final attempt, then the original admission will be revoked and the applicant must re-apply for Professional Admission in a future semester, if eligible.
- Students must demonstrate professional competencies in the areas of a cover letter, resume, and interview. Admitted students who score below a level determined to be satisfactory will be required to attend a Professional Development Competency Workshop and complete any supporting assignments. Students who do not meet the competency requirements will be revoked and the applicant must re-apply for Professional Admission in a future semester.
- Students must be in Good Academic Standing with a 2.0 (or higher) GPA in order to start the professional program.
Whether you need help on your cover letter, resume and interview skills, you are encouraged to use the resources that the Professional Development Center offers.
Professional Admissions Orientation
Eller College Professional Admission orientation is mandatory for all Eller College students applying for Professional Admission.
Students are expected to be in attendance at one of the orientation sessions listed below. Please note that there are additional information sessions for special populations, as well. The RSVPs will open through eSMS on the first day of the semester.
Dates, times and location are subject to change.
Casual Attire is appropriate for all Professional Admission Orientation sessions.
- Pre-Business Students with Last Names A-K and International/ESL Students
ESL Meeting: Wednesday, January 22, 4-4:45, McClelland Hall Room 201A
General Session: Wednesday, January 22, 5-7, Harvill Room 150
Admission With Excellence (AWE)/Freshmen Direct Admission (FDA): Wednesday, January 11, 5-7, Harvill Room 204
- Pre-Business Students with Last Names L-Z and Transfer Students
Transfer Meeting: Thursday, January 23, 4-4:45, McClelland Hall Room 201A
General Session: Thursday, January 23, 5-7, McClelland Hall Room 207
Admission With Excellence (AWE)/Freshmen Direct Admission (FDA): Thursday, January 23, 5-7, McClelland Hall Room 201A & 201B
- International and English as a Second Language (ESL) Students
Wednesday, January 22
Location: McClelland Hall Room 201A
All International and ESL students are required to attend this follow-up information session after the general orientation session in order to better understand how the application process is slightly different for international and ESL students.
- New and Incoming Transfer Students
Thursday, January 23
Location: McClelland Hall Room 201A
New and incoming transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend this information session and preview for the general orientation session in order to better understand how the application process is slightly different for transfer students.
The RSVPs will open on the first day of the semester.
RSVP for the general Orientation session through eSMS.
- ESL/international Students should submit an RSVP for both the ESL/International Information Session and the general Professional Admission Orientation session
Transfer Information Session
- If you are an new/incoming transfer student applying for Professional Admission based upon your transfer GPA, click here to RSVP
- Transfer Information Session is Thursday, January 23 at 4 p.m. followed by the Professional Admission general Orientation beginning at 5 p.m.
- Information Session Location: McClelland Hall Room 201A
- If you have questions or need to make changes to your RSVP, please contact Heather Martin, undergraduate academic advisor.
Skills Assessment Exam
The Skills Assessment Exam is required for all students applying for Eller College Professional Admission.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations must register with the Disability Resource Center. If you qualify for services through DRC, show your accommodations to your academic advisor at least two weeks prior to the exam.
The Professional Admission Skills Assessment is a 40-minute examination consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions. You will only need to bring a #2 pencil to the exam. Four-function calculators will be provided. No outside calculators, cell phones, or other hand-held devices will be allowed. The exam is designed to test your understanding of basic concepts and analysis methods covered in Business Statistics (BNAD 276) and Financial Accounting (ACCT 200). In addition, basic concepts from algebra may be tested.
Admitted students who score below a level determined to be satisfactory will be required to retake another assessment test. Students will be permitted to retake the assessment test one time. If a satisfactory score is not earned after the retake attempt then the student will have to attend a mandatory "Foundation Course Concepts Review Seminar." During the seminar, students will have a final opportunity to take the exam. Without a satisfactory score on the final attempt, the original admissions will be revoked and the applicant will have to reapply for professional admissions in a future semester.
The following topics may appear on the Professional Admission Skills Assessment Exam:
- Financial Accounting Assumptions and Principles
- The Accounting Cycle
- The Accounting Equation, Account Types and the Classified Balance Sheet
- The Income Statement
- Retained Earnings and Dividends
- Recording Business Transactions I:
- Merchandising Operations Cont.
- Accounting for Inventory
- Recording Business Transactions II:
- Receivables and Bad Debt
- Prepaid Expenses and Unearned Revenue
- Recording Business Transactions III:
- Property, Plant, and Equipment and Depreciation
- Liabilities and Equity
- The Statement of Cash Flows
- Ratio Analysis
- Distributions, Statistics and Expected Value
- Solutions to Linear Equations
- Time Value of Money:
- Future Value
- Present Value
Spring 2020 Skills Assessment Exam Schedule
February 14 for ESL and Global Cohort Applicants-4 p.m., McClelland Hall Room 207
February 15 for other Applicants-8 a.m., Social Sciences Room 100
Skills Assessment Review Materials
The following materials are made available to help students focus on materials that may be covered in the Skills Assessment Exam.
- ACCOUNTING PACKET #1
- ACCOUNTING PACKET #2
- BUSINESS STATISTICS PACKET
- VIEW SAMPLE SKILLS ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS
There are three cohort options to which students can apply:
Students will complete their cohort in the regular fall/spring semesters. Courses are available during the day. Majors available in this cohort include accounting, business economics, business management, finance, management information systems (MIS), marketing and operations management.
At the point of Professional Admission, students will be randomly assigned to either the "Sage Cohort" or the "Silver Cohort", which will determine the scheduling of their first semester cohort classes. Students who have concerns about time conflicts should speak with an advisor during the application process. Students will also need to submit appropriate documentation of their time conflict as part of the submission of their hard-copy materials (with full name and SID). All requests will be considered, but we cannot guarantee that all students will be accommodated. Some examples of proof of time conflicts include but are not limited to:
- Letter from employer detailing work schedule
- Letter from childcare provider indicating hours of accommodation
- Any other documentation that demonstrates your need
- Any students needing accommodations due to health concerns should contact Laura Ullrich to determine appropriate next steps
For Spring applicants only. Students will complete their first-semester cohort requirements in an international setting in the summer semester. Remaining semesters will be held in Tucson under the traditional cohort model. Majors available in this cohort include accounting, business economics, business management, finance, management information systems (MIS), marketing and operations management.
Following their return, students will be assigned to a set of classes in the "Sage Cohort" or the "Silber Cohort". Students who have concerns about time conflicts will have the opportunity to speak with an advisor during the application process.
Students will complete their upper-division courses fully online. Business administration is the only major available in the online program, but several (optional) Eller certificates are also available. Students are eligible to start the Eller Online Undergraduate program in fall, spring or summer. The Online Cohort is designed to be completed in four semesters, with 12 credits per semester. Please review the Arizona Online Information to determine if a Arizona Online degree is right for you.
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 competitive and selective. Candidates are evaluated in the following areas:
- Cumulative UA GPA
- Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 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.
- Pre-Business Foundation GPA
- Performance in Pre-Business Foundation courses is competitive and includes all previous attempts at coursework.
- The calculation of the foundation course GPA does include grades from transferred coursework, although these grades do not affect the UA cumulative GPA.
- Cover Letter, Resume, and Interview
- 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.
Students entering the Professional Program must possess a high level of language proficiency (speaking, writing, listening and reading) and a high level of interpersonal competency for success and satisfaction in not only the academic environment but also in today’s global business environments (see eligibility requirements for more information).
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.
Students must begin the professional program in the semester for which they apply. Professional admission status cannot be deferred to a future semester.
Applicants for the Eller Online Undergraduate cohort will go through a slightly different application process.
Differential Tuition Surcharge
A professional program fee is assessed every semester to students in Eller's undergraduate professional program. Fees are subject to annual review and may change. During summer and winter sessions, students will incur an additional $20 per unit fee for all courses offered by Eller departments (both lower-division and upper-division). See Differential Tuition Surcharge for more information.
A $55 fee will be applied to all eligible students submitting a Professional Admissions application. The fee will be charged to the Bursar Account of all UA students. Transfer students who do not have a UA Bursar Account must pay the fee with a check or money order when they submit their application.
Applicants for the Eller Online Undergraduate Cohort will be assessed the $55 fee at the time of enrollment.