8: McIntire School of Commerce

General Information | Academic Requirements | Course Descriptions | Faculty

General Curriculum | Degree Requirements | Programs of Concentration
Accounting | Finance | International Business | Management
Management Information Systems | Marketing

Degree Requirements

  1. Course Requirements (F-fall semester; S-spring semester)
    1. Prior to enrolling in the McIntire School, a student must complete the following courses:

      Course Suggested Year
      1. Commerce
      COMM 2012nd
      COMM 2022nd
      2. Non-Commerce
      ECON 2012nd
      ECON 2022nd
      ENWR 1011st
      MATH 111 or 121 1st
      MATH 1121st
      CS 120 or above1st or 2nd
      Humanities/Fine Arts (3-6 credits) [1]1st or 2nd
      Foreign Language (0-14 credits) [1] 1st or 2nd
      Social, Natural/Physical Sciences (0-3 credits) [1] 

      [1] Requirements as defined in this Record, College of Arts and Sciences chapter, area requirements section. Three humanities credits are required prior to enrollment. Three additional credits of humanities along with three credits of social, natural/physical sciences will be required before graduation and may be taken either before or after entering the McIntire School. The humanities and foreign language prerequisites may, under unusual circumstances be completed during the third year or by transfer during summer. Students are strongly encouraged to take a public speaking course.

    2. During the third year a student must complete the core curriculum in sequence during the fall and spring semesters. The following courses are the third-year core curriculum:

      Fall Semester
      COMM 325 Quantitative Analysis3
      COMM 351Fundamentals of Marketing3
      COMM 361Organizational Behavior3
      COMM 371Managerial Finance I3
      Spring Semester
      COMM 326Business Information Systems3
      COMM 341Commercial Law I [2]3
      COMM 372Managerial Finance II3
      COMM 384Foundations of International Business3

      [2] COMM 341 -- Commercial Law I may be taken prior to enrollment in the McIntire School or in the fourth year, and if taken at the University of Virginia will be included in the student's 45 Commerce credits.

    3. During the fourth year a student must declare a concentration. The following courses must be completed:
      1. Core:
        COMM 485Strategic Management3
      2. Concentration
        1. Accounting
          Third Year
          COMM 314Cost Management and Cost Accounting3
          COMM 311Intermediate Accounting I3
          Fourth Year
          COMM 312Intermediate Accounting II3
          COMM 310 [3] Accounting Information Systems3
          COMM 342 [4] Commercial Law II3

          [3] COMM 320 may be substituted.
          [4] May be completed third or fourth year.

        2. Finance
          Fourth Year
          COMM 473Investments: Equity, Securities and Markets3
          COMM 475Fixed-Income Securities and Markets3
          COMM 478Financial Forecasting and Strategy3

        3. International Business
          First or Second Year
          Area Studies [5]6 credits
          [5] from approved list; humanities courses taken to fulfill the area studies requirements for the international business concentration may be counted toward the (six credit) humanities requirement.
          Fourth Year
          COMM 451International Marketing3
          COMM 469International Management3
          COMM 472International Financial Analysis, or3
          COMM 474International Finance and Banking3
          Students are encouraged to study abroad in a chosen country or region during the fall semester of their fourth year.

        4. Management
          Fourth Year
          COMM 4__Three 400-level management courses9

        5. Management Information Systems
          Third Year
          COMM 320 Business Software Development3
          Fourth Year
          COMM 327 [6] Database Management Systems3
          COMM 427Systems Analysis and Design3
          COMM 428Data Communications3
          [6] May be completed third or fourth year

        6. Marketing
          Third Year
          COMM 353Marketing Information Analysis3
          Fourth Year
          COMM 455Strategic Marketing Planning3
          COMM 4__One 400-level marketing course3
      3. Electives
        1. Commerce
          After Enrollment: Students are required to earn 6-9 credits in Commerce electives from among 300- and 400-level courses after enrollment in McIntire. For students not concentrating in Accounting, two of the three courses must be in areas outside the primary concentration. Students (except those concentrating in accounting) may apply no more than five courses (15 credits) in their concentration toward degree requirements (excluding core courses).

          Students concentrating in accounting may take no more than three accounting courses as electives.

        2. Non-Commerce
          After enrollment:  Any courses necessary to complete 51 credit requirement.

  2. Credit Requirements
    1. Total Credits -- A student must earn 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Of the 120 credits:
      1. 57 credits must be in Commerce courses and ECON 201 and ECON 202.
      2. 51 credits must be in non-Commerce courses (excluding ECON 201 and 202).
      3. 12 credits may be in either Commerce or non-Commerce.
    2. Minimum credits after enrollment at McIntire:
      1. 57 total credits.
      2. 45 credits in Commerce including:
        1. 27 credits of core courses.
        2. 9-15 credits of courses in a concentration
        3. 6-9 elective credits (6 must be outside the primary concentration).

  3. Grade Requirements -- A student must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average for:
    1. All course work completed.
    2. All Commerce courses and ECON 201 and 202.
    3. Course work taken during the semester immediately preceding graduation. Furthermore, a student must complete this semester in good academic standing (see Probation).

  4. Residency Requirement -- It is the philosophy of the McIntire School of Commerce that students should be broadly educated to deal with the complex issues of the business community and society at large. The School's program is designed to increase students' skills and build upon previous knowledge. In order to effectively achieve program goals, the School requires a student to be enrolled full-time for two academic years, completing a minimum of 57 hours. It is also required that students complete all core, concentration and elective Commerce courses at the McIntire School of Commerce (see Study Abroad section). Exceptions to this policy must be submitted to and approved by the McIntire (Rules) Academic Performance Committee.

Diploma with Distinction Diplomas inscribed "with distinction" are awarded to Bachelor of Science in Commerce students who have a grade point average in the top 15 percent of the class based on work completed while enrolled in the School.

Examinations Absence from examinations will not be excused except for sickness on the day of examination attested by a physician's certificate or for another cause approved by the faculty. An unexcused absence is counted as a failure.

A student who is excused from more than one-half of a semester's examinations due to illness may not be a member of a student organization which publicly represents the University until the examinations are taken. No student may remain in the McIntire School who misses all examinations in two consecutive semesters due to illness.

Special examinations may be taken by a student with an excused absence on a date to be arranged with the course instructor.

Exclusion from Courses Any student who is making no real progress in a course may, at any time during the semester, be excluded from the course (with a grade of F) by the dean upon recommendation of the course instructor.

Grade Changes No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to the university registrar without the approval of the dean. The dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the university registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted.

A McIntire School of Commerce instructor may establish a limit to the time allowed for a student to appeal a semester's grade and request that it be changed. Time limits may vary from course to course, but in no case may they extend beyond the following semester. They may be any length of time less than one semester if so specified by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Incompletes The symbol IN (incomplete) is used when additional course work is required or examinations need to be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. IN automatically becomes a grade of F ten days following the final examination date unless work in the course is completed satisfactorily within that time, or unless arrangements have been made with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the instructor for work to be made up later.

Independent Study Course Restrictions section.

Probation Probation is a state of warning involving the withdrawal of certain privileges from the student. No student on probation may be a member of any organization which publicly represents the University. Probation will be incurred when a student:

  1. Passes fewer than 12 credits or earns less than a 2.0 grade point average in any one semester; or
  2. Carries fewer than 15 credits of graded work per semester without permission; or
  3. After two or more semesters in the McIntire School, has a grade point deficiency exceeding nine grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University.
Probation shall last for one semester under (1) above and for so long as the grade point deficiency exceeds nine grade points under (2). A student cannot normally be removed from probation by attending summer school. However, if summer school work completely eliminates a grade point deficiency, the Rules Committee of the McIntire School will consider a petition for removal from probation.

Students placed on probation for work completed in the semester preceding graduation may not be allowed to graduate.

Repeating Courses No course, once passed (D- or better), can be repeated to improve the recorded grade.

Required Courses See Degree Requirements.

Study Abroad A student wishing to study abroad should visit the International Studies Office in Minor Hall to explore the various opportunities available. Information on several opportunities in business can also be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs in Monroe Hall. Because of the nature of the third-year curriculum, students should consider the summer between the third and fourth year or the fall semester of their fourth year as periods to study abroad.

Interested students should work with their faculty advisor, area coordinator, the assistant dean, and the Registrar of the McIntire School to prepare an appropriate program of study. For McIntire students who are studying abroad on a McIntire-approved program, a waiver of the University 54-credit residency requirement, and the McIntire 57-credit residency requirement will be granted, but in no case will students be allowed to complete less than three semesters or 45 credits in residence at McIntire.

Suspension Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the University and may be issued whenever a student:

  1. Passes fewer than nine credits or earns less than a 1.8 grade point average in one semester; or
  2. After two or more semesters in the McIntire School has cumulative grade point deficiency in excess of 12 grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University; or
  3. Incurs probation for the third time; or
  4. Incurs probation following a suspension.
A student who has been suspended only once must normally attend a full-time program at the University of Virginia Summer Session. Upon completion of this program, the student may apply to the Rules Committee for readmission. The application for readmission is to be submitted to the Rules Committee through the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the McIntire School. Readmission is not automatic. A student who is readmitted after suspension is placed on a probationary status for a period of one semester. No student who is suspended a second time may be readmitted.

Transfer Credit Credit toward a degree will be allowed for approved work completed in an accredited college or university or in other schools of this University upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. However, no credit will be given for a required upper-level Commerce course unless the course is taken in the McIntire School. In no case will the total transfer credit granted toward a degree in the School of Commerce be more than 63 credits, or more than 33 credits completed in one academic year. No adjustment of transfer credit for prior course work will be made after the first semester in the School. Students wishing to transfer credit for course work taken after enrollment in the School must receive prior approval from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In general, credit will not be granted for:

  1. Work completed with grade lower than C;
  2. Work completed elsewhere by re-examination;
  3. Correspondence or home-study courses;
  4. Business courses beyond the elementary courses in accounting and principles of economics; or
  5. More than one credit of physical or health education courses.
Withdrawal, Voluntary An official application to withdraw from the University must be submitted to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the McIntire School. The application must state the reason for withdrawal and must be approved in writing by the dean of the McIntire School or a designated representative.

The application must be endorsed by the dean of students (2nd floor, Peabody Hall). The completed withdrawal form, along with student ID cards, must be deposited with the dean of students at the time of withdrawal.

A student who withdraws for reasons of ill health must obtain medical clearance from the Department of Student Health prior to readmission.

Failure to comply with these regulations will subject a student to suspension from the University by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Any student who withdraws without having obtained permission is recorded as having been suspended.

A Commerce student who withdraws during the first semester in the McIntire School (fall semester, third year) will not be guaranteed readmission to the School. Also, students who withdraw after the drop date will receive grades of WP or WF in their courses.

Any Commerce student who subsequently wishes to re-enroll must submit a written request for readmission to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the McIntire School by March 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. Commerce students may return only in the academic semester which follows the student's last successfully completed academic semester. For example, a student who withdraws during the spring semester, third year, must re-enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester. Readmission is not automatic and depends upon the student's performance at the time of withdrawal.

Withdrawal, Enforced The faculty of the McIntire School may impose enforced withdrawal when a student exhibits habitual delinquency in class or any other fault which prevents the student from fulfilling the purposes implied by registration at the University.

Enforced withdrawal may also be imposed for failure to comply with University pre-entrance health requirements, or for failure to obtain medical leave or medical withdrawal in the case of repeated or prolonged absence from class as a result of illness.


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