May 29, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Finance (B.B.A.)

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47 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Before enrollment in upper-level business classes, students must apply for admission to their major. (See Admission to the Beacom School of Business Majors .)  (University Center - Sioux Falls students should reference the rotation schedule provided through the University Center - Sioux Falls website.)

Pre-Major Business Core (22-27 hours)

Prior to gaining admission to the Beacom School of Business majors, students complete the University’s general education requirements (Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Requirements)  and the prerequisites necessary for acceptance. Students are not eligible for enrollment in 300/400 level business courses until they have met the requirements for admission to their majors.  Please see ADMISSION TO THE BEACOM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MAJORS .

The following courses are referred to as the Pre-Major Business Core and must be completed before full admission to the School of Business major is granted:


The Mathematics course required for admission to the School of Business is MATH 121 Survey of Calculus (C) [SGR #5] . A substitution is permitted for MATH 123 Calculus I (C) [SGR #5] . Other mathematics courses may be required by the Mathematics Department as prerequisites to MATH 121 or MATH 123. The initial mathematics course is determined in accordance with the Board of Regent’s placement regulations.

The Beacom School of Business requires that either ENGL 205 Business Writing [SGR #1]  or another university approved advanced composition course and a senior research paper be completed. Contact the Beacom School of Business Student Services Center in Beacom Hall 101 or by phone at (605) 658-6532 for more information.

To see a sample 4-year plan example, click here.

Additional Requirements

Students must also complete enough Advanced Electives to achieve a minimum of 60 credits at the 300/400 level. Most finance majors must complete 13 credits of Advanced Electives to meet this minimum.  (See Degree Requirements on Beacom School of Business page.)  

Elective Categories

Advanced Electives

Courses at the junior-senior level chosen from any college/school at USD on the basis of the student’s interest are called Advanced Electives.

School of Business Electives

Courses at the junior-senior level that must be selected in the fields of accounting, business administration, business law, decision sciences, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, health services administration, human resource management, or marketing are called School of Business Electives.


Courses chosen from any college/school on the basis of the student’s interest are called Electives. These electives may be at any level and are only tested by meeting the 120 credit hour requirement.

B.B.A. / M.B.A. Fast-Track Option

Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs.

The course requirements for the B.B.A., which are listed above, are the same for USD undergraduate students planning to pursue the B.B.A./M.B.A. Fast-Track Option. The program gives students the opportunity to begin their M.B.A. program earlier and complete both programs in a timelier manner.

Students may apply for admission to the M.B.A. program using the standard graduate application process after completing 75 credit hours. Applicants for the B.B.A./M.B.A. program are required to submit only two letters of recommendation.  Students applying to the B.B.A./M.B.A. program are not required to provide a GMAT exam score for application to the fast-track program if they meet all of the following criteria: cumulative GPA of 3.25, business GPA of 3.25, and major GPA of 3.25.  Applicants who do not meet the above criteria are required to provide a GMAT exam score, which will be evaluated along with all application materials in a manner consistent with applications to the M.B.A. program.

Students must complete the requirements of the M.B.A. program in accordance with the graduate catalog. The minimum number of credits to achieve both degrees is 153 hours.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

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