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

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

Application periods for 2017-18

Spring 2018

Open: Friday, March 30
Close: Sunday, April 15


Fall 2018

Open: September 7
Close: October 7

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • be a current OSU Pre-Design major.
  • reach 90 credits by the end of the application term (junior standing).
  • have completed, or are registered to complete in the current/application term, all remaining Pre-Design Core requirements.  
  • have an All-Inclusive Design (AID) GPA that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AID GPA for the major(s) for which you are applying.  The AID GPA is the average of grades earned in the Design Degree Program Coursework (both transfer and OSU grades) and grades of any additional design courses taken at OSU.  If a class has been repeated, then refer to the Retaking Courses policy to see which grade is used to compute the AID GPA.
  • have grades of C- or better in all Design Degree Program Coursework, which includes all Pre-Design Core, Pro-School Core, and Major Specific Courses that are required to earn a specific design degree (both transfer and OSU grades).
    • If you have a grade that is lower than a C- in Design Degree Program Coursework, you must be enrolled to retake this course in the upcoming term to be eligible to apply. Note: your AID in MyDegrees may no longer include the grade you are replacing but it will be counted in your application.  Please see a COB advisor for help calculating your GPA.
    • If you currently have an Incomplete with a D, D-, F, or N predicted grade, your grade must be updated to complete (with a C- or better) prior to the Pro-School application deadline to be eligible or you must be enrolled to retake the course.

Incoming transfer students, who have not yet completed any OSU courses, must also:

  •  first complete START orientation and register for BA 381 in your first term before applying to Pro-School.
  • Note: Transfer students interested in applying to a COB professional program in Design must have completed equivalent courses in order to have their application considered for admission.  Contact a Design advisor to determine whether specific transfer courses will serve as equivalent substitutes.

Majors and GPA Criteria 

Admission is competitive, Meeting or exceeding the Eligibility AID GPA or Competitive AID GPA does not guarantee admission to Pro-School or major(s) of choice.  If you have two options or 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. 

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

  AID GPA Available Campus  Course GPA
  Eligible Competitive Corvallis Online Minimum Grade Required
Design and Innovation Management          

   Apparel Design Option

2.50 2.75 Yes No DSGN 226 - C

   Interior Design Option

2.75 3.00 Yes No DSGN 287 - C

   Design Management Option

    Yes No  
Merchandising Management     Yes No DSGN 276 - C

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

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

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

Application DETAILS

  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline to the considered.
  • You can only submit one application per term.  If you resubmit your application in a given term, the most recent submission will be used.
  • You can apply for up to two majors per application.
  • You will be asked if you agree to:
    • comply with the COB Academic and Professional Standards.
    • release your academic records to the College of Business major faculty reviewing your application.
    • an automatic change of your academic record to reflect your new major, if you are accepted into that program.
  • Apparel Design specific requirements:
    • Sewing sample: In PDF format, the sewing project should include pictures and a paragraph describing what the sample is, why you sewed it, what you learned while working on the project, and details regarding your past sewing experience.
    • Three samples of design work in one combined PDF file:
      • DSGN 221 final project
      • DSGN 226 final project
      • A project from any class or outside work of your own. Please include a few sentences about the project.
      • Note: If you are currently enrolled in DSGN 221/121 or DSGN 226 and do not yet have a final project, please include an additional project from another class or your outside work.  A total of three samples must be included.
  • Interior Design specific requirements:
    • Essay question: 
      • If you plan to pursue a major which has a competitive GPA listed in the chart above, you will be asked to address the following essay question: Describe your overall career objectives and how completion of your selected major will help you achieve those objectives.  Answers are limited 1000 characters and will be cut off if they exceed the limit.  It is recommended that you compose your answers to the essay in a separate Word document and copy and paste the responses into the application form. Remember to check your grammar and spelling.
      • When explaining why you selected a possible second major, do not indicate why it may be your second choice.
    • Resume
    • Five samples of design work from pre-Design courses (OSU or transfer) or equivalent art/design projects completed outside of class.  Samples should be included in one combined PDF file.
  • Application supplements:
    • Attachments: 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-Design coursework completed or in progress at other institutions before you apply. If the courses are not yet showing in MyDegrees, upload unofficial transcripts with the application.
    • Documented Disability Petition: Students receiving learning disability accommodations from the University Disability Access Services (DAS) office may petition to request an exception to the eligibility requirements. Petitions must specify first-term accommodation requests. Pro-School admissions may then be considered based on academic performance over a minimum of the three most recent terms of accommodation. Students will be required to authorize the DAS office to discuss their documentation with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. 




Additional Pro-School Application Information

Early Access to Pro-School Classes: Pre-Design majors may request early access to Pro-School core courses before entering Pro-School.  Schedule with your advisor for more information.

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 GPA and reapply another term to the major(s) I selected?
  • consider applying for a less competitive major?
  • consider pursuing a non-design 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.