Our program is open to students continuing from Emory or Oxford Colleges. You are eligible to enter the BBA Program once you have earned enough credit hours to have junior standing and have completed the pre-requisites for the program. We accept applications in the semester prior to the one in which you intend to enroll.
Your college record serves as a predictor of success and admission will be based on academic performance as well as leadership and engagement. In addition to seeking students with strong academic records overall, we select candidates who display academic aptitude for BBA coursework by strong performance in business pre-admission courses and who show evidence of leadership promise through involvement in diverse activities and strong letters of recommendation.
For more information on admissions, contact:
Associate Director, BBA/Pre-BBA Advising and Programming
To be considered for admission, applicants from Emory College must have attained 60 hours (exclusive of PE, PACE, and Health) by the time of matriculation for regular admission, and 56 hours (exclusive of PE, PACE, and Health) by the time of matriculation for early admission (second semester of sophomore year). Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit hours count towards this total. Oxford College applicants must have completed their Associate of Arts by the time of enrollment.
Current Emory and Oxford College students should sign up for the pre-BBA listserv to stay informed on pre-BBA admissions information and events. Subscribe to the Pre-BBA listserv by sending an e-mail to email@example.com from your Emory e-mail and put SUBSCRIBE PRE-BBA in the body of the message.
As part of, or in addition to the semester hours required for matriculation, you must complete all Undergraduate BBA prerequisite courses prior to entering the program.
If you have received credit for AP/IB coursework for one of these courses and received course credit through Emory, you may use this credit to fulfill the corresponding BBA Program preadmission requirement.
General Education Requirements
Prior to enrolling, you should plan to have completed the majority of the general education requirements as outlined in the College catalog. However, some business courses satisfy these requirements for business students and you may complete any remaining requirements after entering the BBA Program. All students must have completed a Continued Writing Requirement course in the College prior to matriculating in the BBA Program.
Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall enrollment: February 15 (if February 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the next business day)
- Spring enrollment: October 1
Review of completed applications will be completed within approximately 6 weeks of the application deadline. You will be notified of your admission decision via email in time to bid on classes for the subsequent semester.
If your complete application is received after the deadline for any reason, it will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and you will be notified of your admission decision after the end of the semester in which you apply. Applications are not considered complete until all components are received. However, we do admit a number of students at the end of the semester, so if your application is not complete by the deadline, it is still possible to be admitted.
The BBA Program Application consists of an application form, an essay, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and one non-academic/service recommendation. You can also access the faculty recommendation form and the service recommendation form separately. We also require official, hard-copy transcripts from all institutions attended outside of Emory or Oxford. Note that the application is revised each semester, so ensure that you are using the current application by noting the semester indicated on the file.
Leave of Absence
If you intend to take a leave of absence after acceptance but prior to entering the BBA Program, please contact the BBA Program Office.
For pre-BBA advisement, please stop in during our drop-in hours, no appointment needed. Please check the pre-BBA website for drop-in hours. Jessica Lowy and Libby Egnor serve as our pre-BBA advisors.
If you are a high school student interested in the Undergraduate BBA Program at Emory University, we welcome you to explore our site and learn more about the Goizueta Business School. You will need to apply directly to Emory University through the main Admissions Office.
All Emory University freshmen begin either at Emory or Oxford College. Once you are at Emory, you may apply to the BBA Program during the Fall of your sophomore year for entrance during the Spring, or during the Spring of your sophomore year for entrance the following Fall, depending on when you achieve junior standing.
How many credits do I need to enter the program?
To be considered for admission, applicants from Emory College must have attained 60 hours (exclusive of PE, PACE, and Health) by the time of matriculation for regular admission, and 56 hours (exclusive of PE, PACE, and Health) by the time of matriculation for early admission (second semester of sophomore year). This will typically require the completion of five courses per semester. AP/IB credit hours count towards this total. Oxford College students must have completed the Associate of Arts degree by the time they matriculate.
How do I apply?
The application is available for download (under the "Current" tab on this page). The application includes a short essay and academic and non-academic references. Please see the application form for a checklist of required components. Note that the application is revised each semester, so ensure that you are using the current application by noting the semester indicated on the file.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for Spring enrollment is October 1 and for Fall enrollment is February 15. If your complete application is received after the deadline, it will be reviewed on a space available basis, and you will be notified of your admission decision after the end of the semester in which you apply. Applications are not considered complete until all components are received.
May I apply early so I can start in the Spring?
Not all students are eligible to apply early to the business school. You may apply early if you will have 56 hours, exclusive of PE, PACE, and Health, by the time of matriculation (for Emory College students) or received your Associate's degree (for Oxford College students) and have completed the prerequisite courses by the time of entrance.
What is the advantage to applying early?
Some students are interested in pursuing business coursework as soon as possible. Early entry to the business school can provide you with greater flexibility in scheduling and more opportunities to pursue multiple interest areas. Early entry to the program also allows students to study abroad in the Fall of their junior year.
Can I reapply if I don't get in?
If you applied for admission and were denied, you may request reconsideration of your application once, for the following semester, by completing a request form that can be found on the pre-BBA website. Keep in mind that there is a two-year residency requirement from the time of matriculation (see section above), so late admission (i.e. after Fall of junior year) will impact your intended graduation date.
What happens if I don't have my general education requirements (GERs) finished before I enter the business school?
Several business school pre-requisite and core requirements count towards completion of Emory's general education requirements and will be completed after enrollment in the business school. You may use the flexible electives to complete other remaining GERs once you are in the Undergraduate BBA Program. Please note that most GERs should be finished before enrollment. A CWR course in the College must be completed prior to enrollment in the BBA Program.
How does academic advising work in the business school?
You will be assigned an academic advisor upon entrance to the business school. Your academic advisor will assure that you are making satisfactory progress toward your BBA degree and that your course selection is appropriate for your educational and professional goals. You will meet with your advisor each semester to arrange your coursework. A crucial component of the advising process is to assist you in taking advantage of the many resources and opportunities available through the business school. Pre-BBA students should contact Jessica Lowy for advisement. Check the Pre-BBA Information Site for current drop-in hours.
Does my GPA start over after enrollment in the business school?
Your business school GPA is the cumulative average of your earned grades in all classes after enrolling in the business school. All class rankings and honors will be determined on the basis of this calculation. However, your college grades remain a part of your academic record. When you request a transcript from the University's Registrar, both your college and business school GPA will be included.
Do I have to complete a junior and senior writing requirement in the business school?
The junior and senior writing requirements are satisfied through the BBA core curriculum and electives. All students must complete both the freshman and sophomore writing requirements as set forth in the GERs.
Do I have to complete a PE requirement to graduate?
Yes. Emory College students must take two physical education courses and Health 100 to graduate. Oxford College students must take three physical education courses.
Is it possible to complete an Emory College major along with a BBA degree?
Yes. The possibility of completing the needed College course work in conjunction with the BBA degree depends on the requirements of the major you are pursuing. You can use your flexible/non-business electives to complete the classes you need by planning carefully and working with advisors in both the business school and the College. Approximately 20% of the graduating BBA class successfully earns a college major. Emory College does not award minors to business school students, although many students complete the coursework towards a minor.
What is an area depth?
You can think of the area depth as a "major within a major." An area depth is a series of at least four courses that allows students to develop specific expertise. Students choose from a range of depths that encompass the functional areas of business.