Core Requirements

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) requires that the majority of the professional course work in various degree programs be taken during a student's junior and senior years.

NIU's College of Business offers six undergraduate programs: Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations & Information Management. To enroll in FINA 320, MGMT 335, and MKTG 310 every business student must have completed the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 45 earned credits;
  • A minimum 2.50 Cumulative GPA (NIU & Transfer GPA); and
  • The following TEN prerequisite courses with a "C" grade or better:
    • ACCY 206, Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • ACCY 207, Introduction to Cost Management
    • MGMT 217, Legal Environment of Business
    • UBUS 223, Introduction to Business Statistics
    • ECON 260, Principles of Microeconomics
    • ECON 261, Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ENGL 203, Rhetoric and Composition II
        OR ENGL 204, Rhetoric and Composition
    • MATH 211, Calculus for Business and Social Science
        OR MATH 229, Calculus I
    • OMIS 259, Introduction to Business Information Systems
    • PSYC 102, Introduction to Psychology
    • UBUS 100, Career Compass*

Specific admission criteria for Accountancy majors to enroll in any 300 or 400-level accountancy courses >

* UBUS 100, Career Compass, is required of all business majors that began at NIU as freshmen.


Major-Specifc Requirements

Each major has specific requirements for graduation from their program.