Business Administration

Business School

A Business Administration degree provides a liberal arts curriculum along with a full spectrum of the many areas of business. Students can take a variety of upper division electives or choose to specialize in one area of business by declaring a formal option.

* A small percentage of students are admitted to this major directly as freshmen. The majority will be admitted through the standard admission process after enrolling at the UW.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Accounting, Accounting for Business Professionals, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship , Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Certificate of International Studies in Business

Topic: Business

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5 (autumn or summer); October 5 (winter)
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Transfer students must submit two applications – one to the Foster School of Business and one to the UW.

Additional requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 including transferable coursework
  • A minimum cumulative business GPA of 2.0 including transferable coursework
  • Students must present a minimum of 60 academic credits at the time of application including required pre-application courses.

Courses required for the major:

  • ACCTG 2151 – Intro to Acctg. & Financial Reporting
  • ACCTG 225 – Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 2002 SSc RSN – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 2012 SSc RSN – Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MGMT 200 3 SSc – Introduction to Law
  • QMETH 2014 NSc RSN – Intro to Statistical Methods
  • One from:5 MATH 112 NSc RSN – Appl of Calculus to Bus & Econ MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calc Analyt Geom I
  • English Composition 5


1 Must be completed at the time of application. If transferring from a college where financial and managerial accounting are taught in a 3-part series, you must complete the first two courses before the application deadline and the third course must be complete by the end of the quarter of application.

2 ECON 200 OR 201 at time of application, ECON 200 AND 201 must be complete by the end of the quarter of application.

MGMT 200 will not fulfill I&S if admitted to business. Students from colleges without an equivalent of MGMT 200 should contact This is not a barrier to application.

STAT 220, 221 or STAT 311 are also acceptable substitutes for statistics. Statistical Methods or equivalent must be complete by the end of the quarter of application. Effective autumn 2019, STAT 220 & 221 will no longer be acceptable alternatives.

5 Must be completed at the time of application. For English courses, choose from among C LIT 240, ENGL 109, ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, ENGL 281, ENGL 297, 298, 299 or equivalent.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 2702
Total from Washington community colleges: 302

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 201
3.50 – 3.74: 33
3.25 – 3.49: 29
3.00 – 3.24: 16
2.75 – 2.99: 13
2.50 – 2.74: 10
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes