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Develop knowledge to pursue business.

Business Preference is designed for undergraduate students considering a degree from the Broad College, a nationally ranked business school. While completing university requirements and parallel business courses, these students will receive strong support and begin to develop an understanding of business.

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Advising and Support Services | Broad Student Organizations | Business Exploration Series |  Internships and Careers

Broad College of Business Application Requirements

Admission to the Broad College considers academic factors, non-academic factors, and an optional personal statement.

Advising and Support Services

2021-2022 NSO Handbook

Degree Requirements Fall 2019 to Present

Academic Advising

Business Preference students have access to the same advising services as students who are admitted to the Broad College. The Broad College academic advisors provide critical information about college and major admissions process, degree requirements, education abroad, campus resources, major selection, and parallel planning. For more information, please speak with an advisor today!

Major Change to Business Preference

Are you interested in changing your major to Business Preference? Major changes into Business Preference for students below 56 credits can be requested in person with a Broad College academic advisor or online (a meeting with a Broad College academic advisor may be required in order to complete an online major change request).

Major Change Application

Support Services

A host of free support services are available to students.  This includes individual and group peer tutoring available at the Writing Center and Math Learning Center.  MSU also offers academic skill workshops, as well as spaces to gather and study with peers.  For additional support services visit our Academic Support Services webpage.


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Broad Student Organizations

As a Business Preference student, being involved on campus is extremely important to your college experience. Joining a student organization is a great way to explore your interests for business related majors and careers.  This can also provide additional opportunities to network, socialize, learn, and enhance your skills.  When students are considered for internships, post-college employment, or even the Broad admissions process, campus involvement and leadership experience sets our students apart.  Explore the various Broad College Student Organizations and MSU Student Organizations.

The Business Exploration Series is ongoing programming and services for Business Preference students. This includes major and career exploration, academic advising support, and resources aimed at increasing your success at MSU.

Information sessions are intended for current MSU students applying for admission to the Broad College of Business or a Broad major this semester. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Topics addressed include: Broad College/major application process, academic and non-academic admission factors, resources for completing the experiential profile, case study tips and explanation of the admission decision process.

Students can choose the session that fits their application process and schedule. No pre-registration is required. Attendees should bring their Spartan ID card.


For more information, please visit our Broad College Admissions website.

The Broad Bulletin highlights important updates, events and resources from Undergraduate Academic Services and the Broad College.

Marathon of Majors (February 18, 2021 4:00-6:00pm)
This event will give current and prospective students the opportunity to connect with academic advisors to learn about majors and minors, along with other MSU resources. This event is free and open to any interested current or future Spartans. Marathon of Majors will be hosted on Easy Virtual Fair, the same as the Fall semester event.

Academic Success workshops are hosted by the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). Topics are designed to help strengthen your skills in Academic Time Management, Reading, Mathematics, Note Taking, Study Strategies and much more.

Academic Success workshops are held throughout the year. For workshop schedules and registration, see link here.

Business Preference students are invited to attend a Group Advising session during Spring semesters.  Group Advising is an opportunity to meet with a Broad Advisor to review Broad degree requirements and create a tentative schedule plan for the upcoming academic year.

If you are interested in attending a Group Advising Session, please check out our website again in January 2021 for more information on dates and registration.

Join Undergraduate Academic Services for the Broad College of Business as we explore Business-focused majors at MSU. During the month of February we will explore four different sectors, featuring speakers from campus-wide programs. Career opportunities and program information will be reviewed and students will have the opportunity to do a live Q&A with presenters.

Prior registration is recommended. See the Upcoming Events section (below) to register.

  • February 5 – Accounting and Finance Related Majors
  • February 12 – Human Resources/Management Related Majors
  • February 19 – Marketing Related Majors
  • February 26 – Supply Chain Management Related Majors

Upcoming Events

Internship and Career Outlook

MSU and the Broad College have the following resources to help students understand their interests, review career outlooks, apply and interview for internships, and receive one-on-one career advising.  Explore the following resources from Russell Palmer Career Management Center and Career Services Network to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am interested in business at MSU, but I want to know more before deciding. Can I speak with a Broad academic advisor?

    Yes! Current MSU students can visit our Academic Advising webpage for a list of advising services,  including drop-in and 30-minute advising appointment options.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you are a prospective high school, transfer or prospective admitted student, we invite you to attend our Prospective Student Information Sessions. The session includes a complete explanation of Broad majors, College and Major admission process, academic curriculum, student life, education abroad, and Broad services.  Following the presentation, a tour of the Business College Complex-Pavilion is available.


  • What is a business-focused major?

    Business and industry employers hire many students from diverse academic backgrounds. Most importantly, corporations desire future professionals who have a variety of skills. As a Business Preference student, you have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business, while completing courses towards your interests and career goals. Whether you become a Broad College Business-Admitted student, or you find that another major fits your academic and career goals, you will be receiving business-related education and experiences that will set you aside from others in the field. Check our Business-Focused Majors at MSU webpage to learn more.

  • What can I do with a Business Preference major?

    As a Business-Preference major, you will receive important communications and support from the Broad College during your application process. However, it is important to note that students cannot graduate from MSU as a Business Preference major.

    Students must gain admission into the Broad College and a degree granting major to graduate with a Broad College degree. Enrollment is limited and admission to the Broad College is competitive. Students with a strong work ethic, demonstrated scholarship and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply.

  • When should I apply to Broad?

    You are eligible to apply to the Broad College during the semester in which you will complete the academic requirements (CSE 102, STT 200, EC 201 and/or EC 202, and 28 credits.)  For more information on the application process, including the non-academic factors, please visit our  Admission webpage.

  • What happens if I'm not admitted to Broad?

    If you are denied admission to the Broad College, we recommend meeting with a Broad College academic advisor to review next steps, including options for reapplying to the Broad College or assistance in transitioning to a business focused major outside of the Broad College.

  • I want to take a class(es) at a local community college or university, how do I make sure the credits transfer?

    A student wishing to take courses at another institution should consult an academic advisor  or the online transfer credit equivalency system to assure transferability.  A minimum course grade of a 2.0 must be earned in each course in order for the credit to be transferred to Michigan State University.


  • Does the Broad College require a minor to graduate?

    A minor is not required in the Broad College, many students complete a minor to help tailor their skills and supplement their education to their specific interests and career goals. For more information on minors, please visit our Majors and Minors webpage.