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Transfer Students

As a transfer student, it is important you come to Pre-BBA drop-in hours at the beginning of the semester to accurately determine what courses you need and to ensure that you are on the correct track.

Here are answers to some questions frequently asked by transfer students:

What should I take in my first semester at Emory if I am thinking about going to Goizueta?

If you are a transfer student who is interested in the business school, you will want to take any pre-requisites that you have outstanding. Your other coursework should include general education requirements and exploratory courses in majors you are interested in besides business.


I don’t need more hours – can I take fewer classes in my first semester?

If you plan to apply to the business school, you should take five 3-credit classes to demonstrate you can handle the work load. Students at Goizueta are typically taking five courses plus a seminar per semester, so you will want to demonstrate that you are capable of this type of schedule at Emory.


I took an introductory statistics class at my old school. Do I still need ISOM 350?

If you had a statistics course that you would like to count for ISOM 350, please email a copy of the syllabus to Anna Gibbons, and we will have a Goizueta Faculty member evaluate it. Until you receive confirmation that you can waive this class, you should assume you need to take ISOM 350.


I took an accounting class at my old school. Do I still need FIN 210?

All students who have taken an accounting class and want to waive FIN 210 Financial Accounting must take and pass a waiver exam. To schedule a time to sit for the waiver exam, contact April Wells. Until you receive confirmation that you can waive this class, you should assume you need to take FIN 210.


How do I know if my business courses from my old school will transfer to Goizueta?

Emory Admissions does an assessment of all transfer credits, and they give transfer hours for courses, including some business coursework. If a class appears on your Emory transcript with a corresponding Emory class number, and it is a pre-requisite, you do not have to re-take the class here at Emory. All other business school classes besides accounting and statistics will be evaluated for waiver once a student is admitted to the program.


How many credits do I need to enter the program?

You must have 56 credit hours to apply for Spring admission and 60 to apply for Fall admission, exclusive of PE hours.  However, all transfer students must be enrolled in Emory College for a full academic year before being eligible to enter the BBA Program.


When will I find out my admission decision?

The Admissions Office wants to see if you are able to manage a full schedule at Emory College successfully, so you will be held for a final admission decision until grades are posted. If admitted, you will still be able to matriculate in time for the next semester.


How does the admission office at Goizueta look at my academic track record?

While we do look at your academic history from other schools, we are most interested in how you have done at Emory, so your coursework here will be weighted much more heavily than at your previous institution.


What happens if I don’t have my general education requirements (GERs) finished before I enter the business school?

Several business school core requirements count towards completion of Emory’s General Education Requirements and will be completed after enrollment in the business school. You may use the flexible electives to complete other remaining GERs once you are in the Undergraduate BBA Program. Please note that most GERs should be finished before enrollment.  It is required that a Continued Writing Requirement course be completed prior to entry (the other two CWR courses are included in the BBA Program).


How does academic advising work in the business school?

Pre-BBAs are encouraged to meet with Jessica or Libby to structure an outline of their academic plan prior to entering the business school. You can find drop-in hours on this site by selecting this option from the menu on the left.


Once admitted, you are assigned an academic advisor upon entrance to the business school. The academic advisor will assure that you are making satisfactory progress toward your BBA degree and that your course selection is appropriate for both your educational and professional goals.


Does my GPA start over after enrollment in the business school?

Your business school GPA is the cumulative average of your earned grades in all classes after enrolling in the business school. All class rankings and honors will be determined on the basis of this calculation. However, your college grades remain a part of your academic record. When you request a transcript from the University’s Registrar, both your college and business school GPA will be included.


Do I have to complete a junior and senior writing requirement in the business school?

The junior and senior writing requirements are satisfied through the BBA core curriculum and electives. All students must complete both the freshman and sophomore writing requirements as set forth in the GERs.


Do I have to complete a PE requirement to graduate?

Yes. You must take two physical education courses to graduate.


Is it possible to complete a second major along with a BBA degree?

Yes. The possibility of completing the needed college course work in conjunction with the BBA degree depends on the requirements of the major you are pursuing and how much progress you have already made. You can use your flexible and non-business electives to complete the classes you need by planning carefully and working with advisors in both the business school and the college. Approximately 20% of the graduating BBA class successfully earns a college major.


What is an area depth?

You can think of the area depth as a “major within a major.” An area depth is a series of four courses that allows students to develop specific expertise. Students choose from a range of depths that encompass the functional areas of business.