Combination Degree Substitutes & Electives for Business Majors

Preview of General Credit/Grade Policies

  1. Graduate business course registration is based on space-availability and is not guaranteed.
  2. As an undergraduate student, in order to apply graduate credit toward a Master’s degree, you must earn a “B” or better in all graduate coursework. If you don’t earn a “B” or better:
    • If you earned a “D-” or better the credit will count toward your undergraduate degree requirements (e.g. major specific course substitutions and electives). Only exception: If you are substituting the “Professional Communication” course, you must earn a “C” or better in GEB5212 and GEB5215.
    • The credit will not count toward your MIB degree requirements and you will need to make up the credit.
      • MIB electives: Make up the credit with another elective (you don’t have to retake the same course).
      • MIB core: If you earn a “C” or better, you do not need to retake the core class. You can make up the credit with an elective. If you do not earn a “C” or better, you will need to retake the core class.
  3. Substitutions are a credit-for-credit swap. Generally, you have to take two MIB courses (2 cr. each) to replace one undergraduate business course (4 cr. each)
  4. Professional courses (e.g. LAW) cannot count toward the MIB unless student is earning joint degrees concurrently (MIB and a professional degree – JD, MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD)
  5. Once admitted, refer to MIB timeline, admissions letter & policy PDF for full list of Combined & MIB policies.

Combination Credit Allocation

Students may take up to 16 MIB graduate credits before earning the bachelor’s degree, with approval from their undergrad department. A maximum of 12 graduate credits may double count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. If no undergrad credits can be fulfilled with graduate substitutions, a maximum of 15 graduate credits may be taken that only count toward the MIB degree. All graduate coursework will be included in the undergrad GPA.

Example:

  • Sally joins MIB and only has GEB 3373 and Business Electives (4 credits) remaining for undergrad. These courses are each 4 credits for a total of 8 remaining undergrad credits. Instead of taking the undergrad coursework, Sally will take the approved MIB graduate substitution courses (8 credits) and “double count” the credits toward her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • In this case, before earning the bachelor’s degree, Sally can take a total of 16 graduate credits:
    • 8 credits “double count” + 8 more graduate credits that only count toward MIB.

Combination Credit Allocation Chart

Double-counting credits toward Bachelor’s & MIBCredits only counting toward MIBMax # of graduate credits before Bachelor’s
12*416
11516
10616
9716
8816
7916
61016
51116
41216
31316
21416
11516
015**15***

**max # of credits allowed if not double-counting

***Not classified as a combination degree if zero credits double-count. Graduate courses will only count to MIB.

Course Offering Terms

Refer to Online MIB Curriculum page for core course and elective offerings. Codes for the term courses are typically offered (refer to course schedule for actual course offering):

  • SM-A = Summer A
  • SM-B = Summer B
  • F-M1 = Fall Module 1
  • F-M2 = Fall Module 2
  • SP-M3 = Spring Module 3
  • SP-M4 = Spring Module 4

Course Substitutions & Elective Courses

Course subs for undergrad business core

(based on online course offerings)

  • Undergraduate requirement: Restricted Business Electives
    • Any graduate business course not being used in another course substitution may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Undergraduate course: GEB3373 International Business – 4 credits, instead, take both of these:
    • MAN 6636 Global Strategic Management – 2 credits (SM-B)
    • GEB 6366 Fundamentals of International Business – 2 credits (F-M1)
  • Undergraduate course: GEB 3219 Writing/Speaking in Business – 4 credits, instead, take both of these:
    • GEB 5212 Professional Writing – 1 credits (F-M1)
    • GEB 5215 Professional Communication – 1 credit (F-M2)

Also refer to “All Business Majors” section.

  • Undergraduate BABA-GBA requirement: Business Electives
    • Any graduate business course not being used in another course substitution may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • BA-GBA Majors with an International Studies Specialization, these courses can count toward the international business area of specialization requirements:
    • BUL 6852 International Business Law – 2 credits (SM-A)
    • MAN 6617 International Operations/Logistics – 2 credits (SM-B)
    • MAN 6636 Global Strategic Management – 2 credits (SM-B)
    • GEB 6366 Fundamentals of International Business – 2 credits (F-M1)
    • ECO 6936 Global Trade & Policy – 2 credits (F-M2)
    • FIN 6638 International Finance – 2 credits (F-M2)
    • MAN 6355 International Aspects of Human Resources Mgmt – 2 credits (SP-M3)

Also refer to “All Business Majors” section.

Also refer to “All Business Majors” section.

Also refer to “All Business Majors” section.

  • These courses count toward 3000-4000 level MAN or BUL elective course requirement:
    • BUL 6852 International Business Law – 2 credits (SM-A)
    • MAN 6930 Leading Teams – 2 credits (SM-A)
    • MAN 6636 Global Strategic Management – 2 credits (SM-B)
    • MAN 6617 International Operations/Logistics – 2 credits (SM-B)
    • MAN 6366 Organizational Staffing – 2 credits (F-M2) MAN 6355 International Aspects of Human Resources Mgmt – 2 credits (SP-M3)
    • MAN 5246 Organizational Behavior – 2 credits (SP-M4)
    • MAN 6930 Creativity and Innovation – 2 credits (SP-M4)

Also refer to “All Business Majors” section.

  • Undergraduate course: MAR4803 Marketing Management – 4 credits, instead, take both of these:
    • MAR 5806 Marketing Management – 2 credits (F-M2)
    • MAR 6833 Product Development/Manage – 2 credits (SP-M3)
  • These courses can count toward 3000-/4000-level marketing elective requirement:
    • MAR 6930 Entrepreneurial Selling – 2 credits (SM-B)*

*Not approved if MAR 3400 Prof Selling or MAR 4403 Sale Mgmt taken at undergrad level