Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
Several special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation of LS&A and some other college or school within the University. Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific courses for admission, it is important for students to identify program interests early in their undergraduate careers. Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students should consult academic advisors associated with the various programs.
Many LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to a professional school either after two years of liberal arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Liberal Arts Study for Professional Undergraduate Programs
Several schools, colleges, and programs (e.g., A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Education, and Pharmacy) within the University admit only students who have completed two years of liberal arts study. The following information is for students interested in planning the freshman and sophomore years in LS&A and then applying to one of the schools below.
Students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree should transfer to the Business School after completion of the sophomore year. Junior standing (at least 55 transferable credits) is a requirement for admission and students should apply at the beginning of the second term of the sophomore year.
Students may enter in the Fall Term only. The Admissions Committee begins to consider applications in January for the Fall Term entering class. The deadline for application is February 15. Applications are considered only after completed application forms and official transcripts have been received. LS&A students should obtain their transcript in a sealed envelope from the Transcript Office. This envelope must be submitted together with the application forms to the Business School. Applications are available online at
Admission is highly competitive. Most students admitted have an overall GPA above 3.0. Particular attention is paid to grades in economics, English composition, first-term accounting, and mathematics. Strength of the overall academic program, leadership activities after high school and required essays (a part of the application) play an important role in choosing among applicants with similar academic credentials.
Consideration for admission requires evidence that a minimum of 55 transferable credits will be completed by the proposed date of entrance and that the required courses in economics, English composition, first-term accounting, and mathematics have been completed with grades of at least "C." Students may choose from among Calculus 115 and Honors or Engineering calculus to meet the math requirement. Students unprepared for calculus should elect Mathematics 105 first. Economics 101 and 102 meet the economics requirement. The requirement in composition may be completed by English 124, 125 or equivalent, or by presenting evidence that the student has been exempted from this course. Honors students may substitute Great Books 191 or 192. Students are encouraged to complete as many of the prerequisites as possible before applying.
All students planning to enter the Business School in Fall 2001 and after must satisfy three of the following requirements:
- Nine credits in Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA), with the following restrictions: Any math course numbered 200 and above may be used for MSA. No 100-level math courses can be used to meet this requirement.
- Nine credits in Humanities (includes all philosophy courses).
- Nine credits in Social Sciences (excludes all economics courses).
- Fourth term proficiency in a foreign language as determined by successful completion of a proficiency exam administered by UM-Ann Arbor's Office of Academic Advising or completion of fourth-term, college-level foreign language course.
Accounting 271 is required for admission. Although not required for admission, Accounting 272 is highly recommended as an elective for sophomores. A thoughtfully planned, balanced liberal arts program is acceptable preparation for admission.
Certain courses, some of which can be elected for LS&A degree credit, cannot be transferred to the Business School. These include internship courses, certain Kinesiology courses, dance, physical education activity courses, and first- and second-year ROTC courses. Residential College and Pilot courses transfer to the Business School. Pilot courses, which meet area distribution requirements in LS&A also meet area requirements in the Business School.
Details on transfer course approval are available online in the BBA Bulletin (http://www.bus.umich.edu).
With the exception of Accounting 271 and 272, Business Administration courses cannot be elected until junior standing (at least 55 credits) has been earned.
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