Policies & Information

Academic Advising:

Students will initially receive their advising from the professional advisors in the College of Business Student Center. When a student applies for admission to the College of Business (BUS 295), they will be assigned a faculty advisor in their major area of study and will then transition from the Student Center to their assigned faculty advisor for advising. Questions regarding the assignment of advisors can be answered in the College of Business Student Center, 151 Morris Hall, 507-389-2963

Technology Requirement:

Students taking College of Business courses (which include ACCT, BLAW, FINA, IBUS, MGMT and MRKT) are required to have a laptop computer. 

College of Business 24 Credit Hour Policy:

Students who are Business minors, Non-Business majors or those who are not seeking a four-year degree may take up to 24 credits in the College of Business. Students must be admitted to a College of Business major to be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in any major within the College of Business.

Integrated Business Experience (IBE):

The IBE gives students real-world experiences in running a business. That experience involves developing a business plan, raising financing, and delivering a product or service. Students in the IBE will develop the skills necessary to start and manage a successful business. The structure of the IBE requires that students register for section 2 of FINA 362, MGMT 230 and MRKT 210 as well as a designated section of BUS 397 as instructed via email upon acceptance into the IBE program. (BUS 397 is only offered as part of the IBE program.) Special Permission will need to be granted in order to register for these sections and all four courses must be taken in the same semester.

More information and an application to the program can be found at United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience 

Questions: Please contact the Finance Dept in MH 150 or email kristin.scott@mnsu.edu

Graduation Policies:

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete 120 semester credits and have completed at least 40 semester credits of upper division (300-400 level) classes.  In addition, students must have been admitted to a College of Business major in order to be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in any College of Business major.

Residency:

Transfer students pursuing a major within the College of Business must complete a minimum of 30 resident upper division credits (300-400 level) in the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Transfer students pursuing a major or minor in the College of Business must complete at least 50% (one-half) of their major or minor coursework at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Capstone Classes:

A Capstone class is the culminating class of a major or program in which students demonstrate all that has been learned in his or her major or program. Capstone classes are generally taken senior year. All students in the College of Business must take the capstone MGMT 481. In addition, the following capstone classes are major specific: FINA 459, FINA 463, IBUS 490, and MRKT 490. Capstone classes cannot be taken at other institutions nor can other classes substitute for them.

GPA Policy:

To meet graduation requirements, students pursuing a Major in the College of Business must:

  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) in the total of all College of Business courses taken (Consists of ACCT, BLAW, BUS, FINA, IBUS, MGMT and MRKT. The grade in each course does not need to be a C with the exception of ACCT 200 for major admission purposes. Accounting majors and minors must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all required ACCT and BLAW courses). See: GPA REQUIREMENT WITHIN THE MAJOR.
  • Earn a 2.25 TOTAL CUMULATIVE GPA FOR THE DEGREE. See: CUMULATIVE GPA’S.

Students pursuing a Minor in the College of Business must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) in the total of all (and only) courses taken to complete the minor. (The grade in each course does not need to be a C with the exception of the ACCT minor). See: TOTAL CREDITS/GPA WITHIN THE MINOR.
The minimum GPA for admittance to a major (and some minors) in the College of Business is 2.50 Total Cumulative (includes transfer gpa). See: CUMULATIVE GPA’S.

P/NC Grading Policy:

No more than one-fourth of a student’s major shall consist of P/NC grades. Business courses are not offered as P/NC with the exception of BUS 295.

Assessment Policy:

The College of Business believes that the ongoing assessment of its programs makes a vital contribution to the quality of those programs and to student learning. Student participation is an important and expected part of the assessment process.

Internships:

Students are encouraged to participate in business and industrial organizations through internship programs. Internships are available during the junior and senior years. Students interested in an internship or who need help with resume or internship/job searches should start by signing up for one or more of the informational workshops at http://cob.mnsu.edu/internship/services/. If you have found an internship and would like to see if it meets the requirements for an Internship for Credit, submit the required paperwork through this link: http://cob.mnsu.edu/internship/irc.html Internships must be approved by the Internship and External Partnerships Coordinator as well as the Department Chair for the major.

This information is meant to serve as a guide to students. It does not constitute a contract between the student and the College of Business.