Admission

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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)

*Due to the unplanned implementation of remote learning in response to COVID-19, the Farmer School of Business will offer an amended admission policy for current students who started at Miami University in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 and are seeking admission to the Farmer School of Business in admission cycles May 2020 through January 2021. Students must have 30 earned hours including 15 graded hours completed at Miami University. Students must complete MTH 151 and ECO 201 which may include courses completed in a credit/no credit status, equivalent AP, post-secondary, or transfer courses. Questions can be directed to FSBStudentServices@miamioh.edu

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. The specific GPA referenced for FSB admission can be seen on a University Studies DAR. If you are not a University Studies student, you will need to consult with an Academic Advisor to run a "What-If" DAR to access this GPA. When in doubt, consult with an academic advisor.
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  • If taken at Miami University, ECO 201 and MTH 151 must be completed in a graded status (except courses completed in Spring 2020, consistent with the amended admission policy in response to COVID-19).
  • 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 completed prior to applying. Any applicable transfer work must be completed 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.

Windows to Apply

  • May 2020: Application will be open May 4 - May 22 with decisions sent May 29. 
  • June 2020: Application will be open June 22 - July 3 with decisions sent July 10. 
  • August 2020: Application will be open July 27 - August 21 with decisions sent July 31, August 7, August 14, and daily the week of August 17-21.
  • December 2020: Dates to be determined.
  • January 2021: Dates to be determined.

Admission Application Will Be Posted Here

Information Sessions

Due to COVID-19, all admission information sessions for this semester have been canceled. There will be a screencast posted here soon.

For any additional questions, please connect with an FSB Academic Advisor during our remote weekday drop-ins.

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 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.

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.