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Policy Statement

The following Broad College policy statement relating to the academic programs of undergraduate students is referenced in the Michigan State University academic programs catalog.

Read these policies carefully and keep them for future reference.

See your academic advisor whenever you have questions or problems relating to these policies—they are strictly enforced.

Students must:

1. Know the graduation requirements and policies of the Broad College and make normal progress toward graduation

The graduation requirements for each Broad College program are described in detail in the Michigan State University Academic Programs. You should also be familiar with other portions of that catalog–in particular, the sections entitled “Undergraduate Education” and “General Information.”

You are responsible for completing the degree requirements of your program and are to make normal progress toward graduation. At the beginning of your junior year, you should meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Services office, 402A Eppley Center, to discuss your remaining degree requirements.

2. Complete the sequence of business core courses listed in the catalog

A business core program is a common graduation requirement for all students in the Broad College. You should complete all freshman (100) level and all sophomore (200) level courses within the core before the start of your junior year. Business courses offered at the 300- and 400-level are not open to freshmen and sophomores.

The 300- and 400-level business core courses should be completed at Michigan State University, since these courses give our Broad College programs their identity.

If you are considering transferring a 300- or 400-level business course, it is critical to work with your academic advisor in 402A Eppley Center, because there are restrictions on what courses can be transferred and what courses must be taken at an AACSB-accredited institution.

Course prerequisites must be observed. Curriculum guides are available in the Undergraduate Academic Services office. Academic advisors are available to assist you with program planning.

3. Complete major field courses as required

Upon acceptance, the department of your major field of concentration will determine your faculty advisor and can provide you with that information. Your faculty advisor can assist you in understanding your major field requirements, with questions about graduate study and with issues related to career choices.

You should complete your major field courses at Michigan State University. In some circumstances, permission to transfer a major field course may be granted, but it must be approved in writing by your department chairperson and by the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services. A student should have a strong academic record to make such a request.

4. Observe all MSU policies on repeating courses

University policy provides that you may not repeat more than 20 semester hours of course work while completing an undergraduate degree. The regulations accompanying the Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students (ASUS) state that a student will be dismissed from MSU at the end of the semester in which the 21st hour of course work is repeated.

5. Not drop courses after the mid-semester date listed in the university calendar

Before the middle of the semester you may drop a course with no grade recorded. The university calendar lists the date for the end of the drop period.

After that date you may drop a course only to correct errors in registration or because of catastrophic events such as a serious personal illness. That university policy is strictly enforced.

To request a late drop, you should present your reasons and supporting documentation to the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services, who is authorized to issue a late drop card. If the card is issued, you must contact the instructor of the course so that a grade can be assigned. The director must sign the card a second time to assign a grade of W or 0.0 based on the instructor’s evaluation. Then, you must take the completed late drop card to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

6. Add courses on time

You may add courses using the computer enrollment system through the fifth day of classes for fall and spring semester. Add periods for summer sessions vary; contact the Office of the Registrar for deadlines. Normally, no course may be added after the designated period for adding courses. Any adds after this period must be processed beginning with the department offering the course. Final approval rests with the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services or Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

7. Not enroll for graduate-level courses

Undergraduate students are not permitted to enroll in graduate-level courses offered by the Broad Graduate School of Management.

Undergraduate students who enroll for graduate-level business courses will be dropped from those courses by the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services.

8. Enroll for all courses for a numerical grade with the exception of electives taken out of the Broad College

You must enroll in all courses for a numerical grade. Enrollment on the Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis is limited to: (1) electives taken outside the Broad College and (2) a maximum of one course per semester.

If you enroll for Broad College courses on the CR/NC basis, the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services will take the necessary administrative action, either at the beginning of the semester or after final grades have been reported, to change the grade from the CR/NC basis to the numerical system.

9. Earn a 2.0000 grade point average in the major field of concentration

Broad College graduation requirements stipulate that you must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0000 in the courses required for your major field of concentration. The fields are described in the Broad College departmental entries in the Michigan State University Academic Programs.

10. Adhere to the standards of the Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students (ASUS) and to any other academic conditions imposed by the Broad College

The Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students (ASUS) is the basis for most of the academic actions taken by the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services. That policy requires you to maintain a 2.0000 cumulative grade point average each semester.

You are notified by letter if your record falls below ASUS policy guidelines or if you are subject to Recess or Dismissal. It may not be possible to provide prior warning of a Recess action, since that action can be taken based upon a single semester’s performance.

The Broad College provides other written notices as described below:

  • Warning: alerts you to take corrective action in certain circumstances although you are otherwise in good academic standing.
  • Not Eligible to Continue: notifies you of failure to meet conditions set for eligibility to continue enrollment as a business student. You are free to seek admission to another of the university’s degree-granting colleges.

Additional Issues

Curriculum Changes

If changes are made in the business core program or in the major field requirements, you may meet the graduation requirements outlined in the catalog that was current at the time of your admission to the Broad College as a junior, assuming that your attendance is continuous. Since curriculum changes are intended to improve the program, you are encouraged to meet any new requirements.

Additional Majors and Second Degrees

Students in the Eli Broad College of Business may complete additional majors or second degrees outside the Broad College. However, because most business majors share an extensive set of core courses designed to provide broad cross-functional training, additional majors and second degrees within the Broad College are limited. Students may pursue an additional major or a second degree only if one of the majors/degrees is in hospitality business. See the following section on this page describing this in more detail.

Voluntary Withdrawal and Readmission

If you withdraw voluntarily from Michigan State University without completing your degree requirements, you may be required to complete the requirements in effect at the time of readmission to provide you with competencies similar to those of students who will graduate at the same time.

If you complete all degree requirements and do not apply for the degree until a later date, the degree will be awarded as of the date that you completed the requirements.

Involuntary Withdrawal and Readmission

In the event that you are withdrawn from the university for academic reasons and are subsequently readmitted, you must meet the degree requirements of the program in existence at the time of readmission.

Additional Major Vs. Second Degree

Students in the Broad College of Business may complete additional majors or second degrees outside the Broad College.

Broad students may pursue an additional major within Broad only if one of the majors/degrees is in hospitality business. Most Broad majors share an extensive set of core courses designed to provide broad cross-functional training; therefore, additional majors and second degrees are limited within the Broad College.

Additional Major

An additional major may be completed within the number of credits required for the student’s bachelor’s degree program (120 credits minimum).

The completion of the additional major will be noted on the student’s final transcript. Only the primary major of the student’s bachelor’s degree program will be designated on the student’s diploma. Both majors must be conferred at the same time.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students must complete a minimum of 150 credits to receive a second bachelor’s degree. To be granted a second bachelor’s degree, a student must earn at least 30 credits in residence in addition to the credits required for the first degree and meet the specified requirements of the second college and major.

Students who complete the requirements for a second bachelor’s degree will receive two diplomas, one for each major.