Pro-School For Business Majors

The College of Business (COB) is a professional school. You must meet eligibility requirements as a Pre-Major and apply to be admitted into a major of choice. The process is competitive! 

When to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Majors and GPA Criteria & Other Options Available

Application Details & Fee

Application Essay Questions

Pro-School Application Submission Link

Additional applicant information:

Early Access to Pro-School Classes

Adding or Changing Majors After Entering Pro-School

What if You are Not Accepted 

When to Apply:

You must meet all Pro-School eligibility requirements to apply. You will be notified of a decision during the term you apply, typically during week 7. If accepted, you will be admitted to Pro-School for the following term. 

Application periods for 2017-18:

Summer 2017

Opens: June 23
Closes: July 9

Fall 2017

Opens: Sept. 8

Priority Deadline for ACTG, BIS or FIN: Sept. 14 [Eligible applications received after Sept. 14 will not be given access to enroll in fall sequence courses.]
Closes: Oct. 8

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply to Pro-School, you must:

  • be a current OSU Pre-Business major.
  • reach 90 credits by the end of application term (junior standing).
  • have completed, or are registered to complete in the current/application term, all remaining Pre-Business Core requirements
  • be in compliance with COB Progression Standards, including having a COB GPA of 2.5 or better if you have taken three or more OSU courses in the Business Degree Program Coursework. If you are a transfer student who has not completed any OSU courses, you must first complete START orientation before applying. 
  • have grades of C- or better in all Business Degree Program Coursework, including any transfer courses that satisfy business program requirements. [If you are currently repeating a course with a grade below C-, you are not eligible to apply.]
  • have an All-Inclusive Business (AIB) GPA that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AIB GPA for the major(s) for which you are applying.

Majors and GPA Criteria:

Admission is competitive, Meeting or exceeding the Eligibility AIB GPA or Competitive AIB GPA does not guarantee admission to Pro-School or major(s) of choice.  If you have two majors which are of interest to you, you may apply to a first and second choice. If you are accepted into both majors then you will be placed into your first choice major. Or, if you plan to pursue two majors, you can apply to two and potentially be accepted into both majors. Online students are not eligible to double major with an on-campus business major.

This table of information pertains only to the current application period.

  Available Campus AIB GPA
DISCIPLINE/MAJOR Corvallis E-Campus Eligibility Competitive
Accountancy* Yes No 2.75 2.80
Business Information Systems Yes No 2.50 2.75
Finance Yes No 2.70 2.80
Management Yes No 2.70 2.75
Marketing Yes No 2.70 2.75
Busineses Administration** Yes Yes 2.50 -
Yes No 2.50 2.65
No Yes 2.50 -
Yes Yes 2.50 -


AIB GPA: The AIB GPA is your All-Inclusive Business GPA. It consists of grades from all the Business Program Coursework including those taken at OSU and transfer institutions.

Eligibility AIB GPA To be eligible to apply to a major, students must have an AIB that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AIB GPA. 

Competitive AIB GPA: This is the minimum AIB GPA needed in order to be competitive when applying for a given major.

*Additional Accountancy Requirements:

  • A grade of "C" or better is required in both BA 211 and BA 213 if applying for the Accountancy major. All Accountancy major coursework must be taken on a graded [A-F] basis. Selection into the Accountancy major primarily occurs in the fall, and accepted students are admitted into the Accountancy major for winter term1. Those students who have an AIB GPA of a 3.0 or higher may be considered for early admission during the application processes in the winter, spring and summer terms.
  • Accountancy applicants must also submit a resume by uploading it into the application. Resumes must be submitted using MS Word or PDF file formats.
  • Accountancy majors will be also expected to sign the Accountancy program Statement of Ethics on the first day of class in ACTG 317.

**Additional Business Administration Major Information:

  • This major is a stand-alone major and cannot be combined with any other business major.
  • Suggested elective credits to reach the 180 total needed to graduate include completing an option in International Business through a COB international business exchange OR completing a non-business minor.

Other Options Available:

International Business (IB)- You can add an IB option to any major listed above by successfully completing the Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Program.

Accounting Information Systems (AIS)- Only Accountancy majors may apply to add the AIS option.

Application Details:

  • Fee: A standard, non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged to an applicant's student account the beginning of the first term of acceptance into Pro-School. Students applying to add a new major, change majors, denied admission and/or deemed ineligible to apply will not be charged.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.
  • You can only submit one application per term.
  • You can apply for up two majors per application.
  • You will be asked if you agree to:
    • comply with the COB Academic and Professional Standards.
    • an automatic change of your academic record to reflect your new major, if you are accepted into that program.
    • Essay questions:
      • It is recommended that you compose your answers to the essay questions in a separate Word document and copy and paste the responses into the application form. 
      • Remember to check your grammar and spelling.
      • If your responses exceed the limit provided, they will be cut off on your application.
      • When explaining why you selected a possible second major, do not indicate why it may be your second choice.
      • Application supplements:
        • Attachments: MS Word or PDF format only. Please make sure your name and student ID number is indicated either in the document and/or in the title of the document.
        • Transcripts: Send all transcripts with any Pre-Business coursework done at other institutions before you apply. If the courses are not yet showing in MyDegrees, upload unofficial transcripts with the application.
        • Schedule: If you are currently taking your last Pre-Business course(s) at another institution, upload a copy of your course schedule with the application.
        • Resume: Accountancy applicants must also submit a resume.
        • Documented Disability Petition: You may petition to request an exception to the eligibility requirements due to a documented learning disability. You will be required to authorize the DAS office to discuss their documentation with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Students receiving accommodation for disabilities may be considered for admission into Pro-School based on their academic performance over a minimum of the three most recent terms of accommodation. Petitions must specify first-term accommodation requests.

Application Essay Questions

New applicants: Students applying for admission to Pro-School will be required to answer the following essay questions on the application.  (Note: Students already in Pro-School who are applying to add or change majors will not receive a prompt to answer these questions.)

1) Please describe how you would contribute to the diversity of ideas and perspectives within the College of Business. (Limit your answer to 1000 characters - approximately 150-250 words.)

2) Describe examples of your leadership experience in which you significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities to initiatives taken in or out of school. Your answer must include at least one real-life example of an activity, event or responsibility that you personally experienced. (Limit your answer to 1000 characters - approximately 150-250 words.)

3) Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time. (Limit your answer to 1000 characters - approximately 150-250 words.)


All applicants: The essay question below is not optional, and it will be asked of all applicants, including those already in Pro-School.
Describe your overall career objectives and how completion of your selected major will help you achieve those objectives. (Limit your answer to 1000 characters - approximately 150-250 words.)



 Additional Pro-School Application Information

Early Access to Pro-School Classes:

Pre-Business majors may request Early Access to up to 3 Pro-School Core Courses before entering Pro-School.

Adding/Changing Majors After Entering Pro-School:

Pro-School students can apply to add or change their major during any term by using the Pro-School online application. Students must meet the eligibility criteria for the new major for the application to be considered

What if You are Not Accepted:

Unfortunately, it is not possible for the College of Business to admit everyone into their desired majors, and there are always some students who do not get accepted to Pro-School.  If this happens to you, then it is a good idea to consult with an advisor to think through your next steps.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself before you see an advisor:

Do I want to…

  • work on raising my business GPA and reapply another term to the major(s) I selected?
  • consider applying for a less competitive Corvallis campus business major in a future term?
  • consider applying to the Business Administration degree with a General Business option through ECampus (online degree)?
  • consider applying to a less competitive business major in a future term at the Bend campus?  OSU Cascades in Bend offers a Hospitality Management major or a Business Administration major with a General Business option—both of which have a lower competitive AIB GPA than the Corvallis campus majors.  They also offer the Accountancy major in Bend, check with a Bend advisor regarding the minimum AIB GPA required.

Consider pursuing a non-business major?  There are several majors on campus with lower or no GPA requirements, some of which can be finished in a similar amount of time. See link below for a sample list of Alternative Business-related Majors.