Pre-Business Admission Eligibility Requirements

  • Four pre-business courses 1
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA 2
  • Minimum 24 degree credits in residence
    (12 degree credits in residence for transfer students applying through the pre-business process. These credits may be in-progress at the time of application) 3
  • Maximum 85 degree credits (students enrolling before Summer/Fall 2021 only) 4

Learn more about the online Business degree offerings.

Online BBA Degree Policies

1 Pre-business courses must be completed or in the process of completion at the time of application for all applicants. In-progress courses must be completed by the end of the application term and cannot be deferred to a later term.

Communications Part A
One of:

  • English 100 (3 credits), Introduction to College Composition
  • Comm Arts 100 (3 credits), Introduction to Speech Composition
  • English 118 (3 credits, non-native English speakers only), ESL: Academic Writing II

One of:

  • Math 211 (5 credits), Calculus
  • Math 217 (5 credits), Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II (must complete Math 171 first)
  • Math 221 (5 credits), Calculus and Analytic Geometry

One of:

  • Economics 101 (4 credits), Microeconomics
  • Economics 111 (4 credits, honors course), Principles of Economics — Accelerated Treatment

One of:

  • Psych 201 (4 credits), Introduction to Psychology
  • Psych 202 (3 credits), Introduction to Psychology
  • Psych 281 (4 credits, honors course), Introduction to Psychology

After a student enters UW-Madison, all pre-business courses must be taken at UW-Madison or through a UW-Madison sponsored study abroad program. Prior to entering UW-Madison, transferrable pre-business courses (ie: AP, IB, CLEP, coursework from another institution) will be accepted.

Pre-business courses may not be taken pass/fail.

2 Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at time of application submission and end of term in which student has applied:

  • For current UW-Madison students, the GPA calculation is based on coursework at UW-Madison.
  • For Direct Transfer students applying to UW-Madison and the BBA Program concurrently, the GPA calculation is based on pre-enrollment coursework.

3 Requirement does not apply to students applying through the direct transfer process.

4 Total credits include all UW–Madison degree credits, transfer credits, AP/A-Level/Cambridge Pre-U/IB/CLEP credits, retroactive language credits, JST/CCAF credits, and credits in progress during the spring term prior to admission. Students who wish to apply for the first time but have exceeded the 85 credit limit are required to meet with a pre-business advisor before March 1 to discuss options for a BBA Admission Policy Appeal for Eligibility.

Admission Policies

Application Submission Maximum Policy

Provided all other eligibility requirements are met, students may apply for admission to the Wisconsin BBA Program up to two times via the Pre-Business process.

Beginning Spring 2022, applicants will be limited to applying once for admission to the Wisconsin BBA Program during their first four terms (fall/spring) at UW Madison.

  • Students who enrolled at UW-Madison for the Fall 2020 term or earlier are exempt from this limit, and may apply a maximum of two times as long as all other eligibility requirements are met, and they have under 86-credits. Students may appeal the credit limit.
  • Direct Transfer applicants who concurrently apply to UW-Madison and the BBA Program for the Fall term, are admitted to UW-Madison but not Business, are permitted to apply a second time if they enroll at UW-Madison for the ensuing Fall term and meet all eligibility policies below.
  • All UW-Madison transfer students outside the Direct Transfer process will fall under the one application limit.

An application submitted through the high school student direct admit process does not count toward this number of attempts.

Required Current Student Status

Students applying through the on-campus pre-business process must be enrolled at UW-Madison at the time of application.

Students applying through the direct transfer process must be enrolled in an institution in the UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System at the time of application.

Additionally, any student offered admission to the Wisconsin BBA Program must enroll at UW–Madison the following fall semester.

Deferral Policy

Current UW-Madison students and transfer students offered admission to the Wisconsin BBA Program must enroll at UW-Madison the following fall semester (or be on a university-sponsored study abroad experience). If an admitted student is unable to attend in the fall term, the student must decline the offer of admission. Students who meet eligibility requirements may reapply at a later date.

The Direct Admit offer to the Wisconsin BBA Program to incoming high school students that have been granted a one-year deferred enrollment request by the UW-Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment will also carry over for one year. Students must successfully complete the reentry process with the UW-Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment as an incoming freshmen student. Students planning to defer should contact BBA Admissions.

Plagiarism Policy

Any applicant found to have plagiarized or manufactured false content (of any kind) as part of the application will be automatically disqualified and may lose privileges to apply later. The applicant may also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for follow-up.

References and Supporting Documents

Letters of recommendation and other supporting documents will not be reviewed as part of the Wisconsin BBA application. This includes any documentation submitted separately from the formal application.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree may not apply for admission to the Wisconsin BBA Program.

Certificate in Business Admission

Students enrolled in the Wisconsin BBA Program may not apply to the Certificate in Business (CIB) Program.

Applicants who wish to appeal an admissions policy must submit a Wisconsin BBA Admission Policy Appeal for Eligibility to the BBA Admissions Team by March 1 of the term in which the student applies. A meeting with a pre-business advisor is required before submitting an appeal.