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Carson College of Business Majors Requirements & Application

Certify in a Major

Requirements and Application

What is certification?

Certification is a process that officially designates your chosen major in the Carson College of Business and allows you to take upper division business courses.

When should I apply to certify?

You will apply to certify during the semester in which you plan on completing the ten certification courses listed below, and will have accumulated at least 60 credits by the end of the semester.  Current coursework and your final GPA at the end of the semester in which you apply will be considered in satisfying your certification requirements.

Once the application is open, you should submit your application as soon as possible to avoid delays in registration. The earlier you apply, the higher the likelihood of getting into the courses you need to graduate on time and be able to select a more desirable schedule.

Certification requirements

Acceptance is competitive and satisfying the minimum certification requirements does not guarantee certification.  Once you’ve fulfilled the minimum requirements, you will be ranked relative to other applicants based on your cumulative GPA and other academic performance criteria.

    • Complete the following courses with an average GPA of 2.50 or higher
      • ACCTG 230, 231- Accounting Principles and Managerial Accounting
      • B LAW 210 – Law and the Legal Environment
      • ECONS 101, 102 – Micro and Macro
      • ENGLISH 101 – English Composition
      • MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics
      • MATH 201, 202 – Finite Math and Business Calculus
      • MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology
    • Have a WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
    • Have earned at least 60 credit hours
    • To calculate your certification GPA, put your grades and credits received for the courses above in the GPA calculator. Estimate your grades for the current semester.


  • Students should apply during the semester while you are ‘in-progress.’ The deadline to apply for business certification is before final grades post, please make sure to apply. We will not accept late applications.
  • Students should work with their advisor regarding course planning for the coming semester, if they haven’t already done so. In addition, recommended class schedules for newly certified students within each major can be found here.
  • Students who have completed coursework at other institutions that they wish to be considered in our review should ensure all transfer work is officially recorded in my.WSU by March 3, 2019. The absence of these materials will delay the application review process.
  • Students who are currently enrolled at another institution with coursework in progress can send an unofficial copy of your coursework to Final grades for transfer coursework must be submitted to WSU by Wednesday, May 8, 2019 to be considered for spring 2019 certification.  
  • Students who apply for major certification on or before Sunday, March 3, 2019 will be notified regarding their certification status by Friday, April 5, 2019 to your WSU email account. Please Note:  If, after your application is reviewed during the early review period, you are placed on hold for certification, you will be notified of our final decision by Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Further, all students will go through a final review process after final grades post.
  • Students who apply for major certification after Sunday, March 3, 2019 will be notified regarding their certification status by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to your WSU email account.

Still have questions about applying to certify?  Contact your advisor today!

Apply for Certification

What happens next?

Click here to find out what to expect after your submit your application

Want to double major?

Find out what’s required.

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