Sep 30, 2023
Pre-Major Business Core (25-30 hours)
Prior to gaining admission to the Beacom School of Business majors, students complete the University’s General Education Requirements and Pre-Major Business Core 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:
Students must complete the following courses (51 hours):
Choose one of the emphases below (9 hours total):
Accounting Emphasis Select 9 cr hrs:
Quantitative Economics Emphasis Select 9 cr hrs:
Finance Emphasis Select 9 cr hrs:
Operations Management Emphasis 9 cr hrs:
Marketing Emphasis 9 cr hrs:
Students must also complete enough Advanced Electives to achieve a minimum of 60 credits at the 300/400 level. Most Operational Management majors must complete 9 credits of Advanced Electives to meet this minimum. (See Degree Requirements on Beacom School of Business page .)
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. University Honors courses at the 300/400 level are also considered 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, management, or marketing are called School of Business Electives. If a student majors in two or more business majors, the School of Business Elective may be used for the required coursework of the second major.
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 meeting the 120 credit hour requirement.
B.B.A. / M.B.A. Accelerated Option
Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Master 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 accelerated option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs. Permission to be awarded the undergraduate degree prior to the completion of the graduate degree is available.
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. accelerated option. The program gives students the opportunity to begin their M.B.A. program earlier and complete both programs in a timelier manner. 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.
J.D. / B.B.A. Concurrent Program Description
Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A. and the J.D. concurrently in a 3+3 program. Students who pursue this accelerated option will be awarded their undergraduate and law degrees simultaneously, upon the completion of the two programs. Students may use courses in the first year of the J.D. program to fulfill up to 30 credits of the required 300/400 level coursework toward the B.B.A. degree.
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.
State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live
If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.