Aerial shot of Farmer School of Business in the fall. Viewed from above, a brick building surrounded by fall foliage.

Admission

Requirements

Effective summer 2015 for students enrolling at Miami University, the admission requirements are:

Current Miami University students who were not offered direct admission or who did not apply to the Farmer School of Business may seek admission through a non-competitive process by completing the following admission requirements:

  • 30 graded credit hours at Miami University
  • 3.5* GPA in Miami Plan Foundation and business courses at Miami University
  • Completion of MTH 151** and ECO 201** (or equivalent AP, post-secondary, or transfer courses)

Students must apply to the Farmer School of Business during specified application periods at the end of fall, spring, and summer terms. Students may apply to business following the winter term, but will not have the opportunity to enroll in business courses upon admission for the following spring semester.

Additional Notes:

  • *The qualifying GPA for FSB admission may be different from your overall GPA. You may need to run a "what-if DAR" for the University Studies program (listed under College of Arts & Science) through the Degree Audit function in Bannerweb. For students who enrolled Spring 2015 or earlier, the required GPA for admission is 3.3 in Miami Plan Foundation and business courses. When in doubt, consult with an academic advisor.

    Screenshot of Degree Audit Report showing 3.5 GPA needed in Miami Plan Foundation and business courses for FSB admission. Displays qualifying courses.
  • **If taken at Miami University, ECO 201 and MTH 151 must be completed in a graded status.
  • Upon admission to the Farmer School, students will pay tuition and fees set by Miami University, as well as an additional per-credit hour business surcharge for most business courses. For detailed information, visit the Office of the Bursar.
  • Any exceptions to this policy will be dependent on remaining capacity in the Farmer School and will be evaluated individually based on significant and verified extenuating circumstances. Students seeking an exception will be expected to engage in a petition process and final decisions will be made by the Dean's office. Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Assistant Dean & Director of Divisional Advising.

Application Process

Students must have all admission requirements in progress or complete prior to applying. Any applicable transfer work must be complete and posted to the academic record at Miami to be admitted. Students must apply to the Farmer School of Business during specified application periods at the end of fall, spring, and summer terms. Students may apply to business following the winter term, but will not have the opportunity to enroll in business courses upon admission. Students may not be admitted to business outside specified application periods.

FSB Admission Application

Windows to Apply

  • August 2018: Application will be open from July 30 - August 24 with decisions sent August 3, 10, 17, and daily the week of August 20-24.
  • December 2018: Application will be open from December 10 - January 2 with decisions sent January 3.
  • January 2019: Application will be open January 22 - January 31 with decisions sent February 1.
  • May 2019: Application will be open May 6 - May 28 with decisions sent May 29.
  • June 2019: Application will be open June 24 - July 5 with decisions sent July 8. 
  • August 2019: Application will be open July 29 - August 23 with decisions sent August 2, 9, 16, and daily the week of August 19-23.

Information Sessions

The Farmer School of Business hosts admission information sessions throughout the semester for current Miami University students seeking admission. Fall 2018 Admission Information Sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, October 23 from 5:30-6:30 in 0025 FSB
  • Monday, November 5 from 4:30-5:30 in 0013 FSB

FSB Academic Advisors are also available to meet with students on a drop-in basis in 1022 FSB Monday - Friday 1:30-4:30. Students should attend an admission information session before meeting with an FSB Academic Advisor.

Admission FAQ

Do I have to be in University Studies to be admitted to business?

Students do not need to be in University Studies in order to be admitted to business. The University Studies Degree Audit Report (DAR) has a section that shows a student’s qualifying GPA for FSB Admission, making it easier for the student to determine which classes are included in Miami Plan and Business GPA used for FSB Admission; however, students from any major are welcome to apply once they meet the Admission requirements.

How do I change my major? Can I declare business now?

There is no need to change your major at this time. Once you meet the admission requirements, you will fill out the application form online. Your major will be changed to business upon admission.

Is admission to the business school competitive?

Even if the requirements for admission change, you follow the admission requirements that are in place when you entered the university. We will admit all students who meet the admission requirements. 

Will I be behind if I am admitted after my first year? Spring of sophomore year or later?

With careful planning, you can still graduate in four years if you are admitted before your sophomore year. Please see the Course Planning section of Advising Information for Current Students Seeking FSB Admission. If admitted after three or more semesters at Miami, additional terms beyond the typical four year timeframe will likely be required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Business degree. Please see an Academic Advisor for details.

Can I take any business courses now?

Please see the Course Access section of Advising Information for Current Students Seeking FSB Admission for details.

I want to take ECO 201 over the summer at a community college. When can I be admitted to business and register for business classes?

Summer courses should be completed no later than August 1 to ensure a timely transfer. Once you meet all of the admission requirements for FSB, and any transfer work is posted to your academic record, you are welcome to apply online. Visit the Transfer Credit page to learn more about transfer courses.

Is there a petition process if I do not meet the minimum GPA requirement?

Exceptions to this requirement are extremely rare. Any exceptions to this policy will be dependent on remaining capacity in the Farmer School and will evaluated individually based on significant and verified extenuating circumstances. Students seeking an exception will be expected to engage in a petition process and final decisions will be made by the Dean's office. Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Assistant Dean & Director of Divisional Advising.

I want to minor in business. Do I have to meet the admission requirements?

Students may enroll in a maximum of two Farmer School of Business minors. Some minors are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis while others have entry restrictions or requirements. Therefore, to increase the likelihood of gaining entry into a FSB minor, interested students should contact the department offering the minor as early as possible in their academic careers. Completion of a FSB minor may require taking coursework during summer and winter terms and/or online.