Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many undergraduate students attend the University of Miami?
A. Approximately 10,000.
Q. Can I earn a second major?
A. Absolutely. Students often discover new disciplines of interest. You may add a second major from the curriculum in the Business School or the College of Arts and Science. See your Academic Advisor to work out a plan that fits your needs and interests.
Q. How many undergraduates are in the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami?
Q. How many credits do I need for graduation from the School of Business?
A. 120. Each course equals 3 credits.
Q. What are the program requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Business?
A. 50 per cent of the courses in the curriculum are in the liberal arts particularly in the social sciences and the humanities. However, with our front-loaded curriculum, most students will have earned credits in marketing, finance, legal studies, accounting and management by the end of the first two years. As juniors and seniors, business students choose a major.
Q. What’s the difference between the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Science in Business?
A. The Bachelor of Science in Business is designed for students who wish the most rigorous preparation in the quantitative aspects of the liberal arts and business curricula. Students will earn credit in Calculus I and II, Intermediate and Advanced Statistics, and four courses in Economics including Econometrics.
The Bachelor of Business is designed for students who wish to be able to a substantial portion of their general education electives in the social sciences and humanities.
Q. Is a foreign language required for graduation from the School of Business?
A. No. However, many students do pursue a second language as an elective or complete the requirements for a minor.
Q. Can I complete an undergraduate degree in business in less than four years?
A. Absolutely. If you have a strong GPA and obtain permission from your academic advisor, you may accelerate your workload from 15 to 18 credits per semester. Additionally, if you have earned college credits as a result of AP or IB programs or from other institutions through a dual enrollment plan at your high school, contact the Office of Admissions to find out how to transfer those credits to UM.
Students who have taken Advanced Placement classes and scored 4 or 5 on the examinations or have taken IB classes and scored 6 or 7 on the examinations may receive college credit. Make sure this information is included on your final transcript. Check our web site to find out the equivalencies.
Q. I am interested in business, but I am not sure about the major.
A. Students are not required to declare a major until their junior year. The Toppel Career Planning and Placement Center offers career development resources and seminars to assist undecided students in determining career choices. With the help of a college advisor, students are able to determine the best major(s) to study to support their career goals.
Q. What majors are offered in the School of Business?
A. The Bachelor of Business Administration or the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration may be granted with the following majors:
• Computer Information Sciences
• International Finance and Marketing
• Human Resource Management
• Legal Studies
• Management Science**
• Real Estate
**The Management Science major may only be pursued as in the BSBA. Students may double major or major and minor in the School of Business quite easily. A student may choose to earn a minor in a discipline outside of the School.
For a complete list of the minors, contact Undergraduate Business Programs in the Merrick Building, Room 104. Telephone: 305-284-4641.
Q. What is the FIRST Step program?
A. FIRST Step (Freshman Integrity, Responsibility and Success through Teamwork) The School of Business is committed to helping new business students learn the importance of team work and ethical decision making in the business environment. The F.I.R.S.T. Step is a hands-on course in which freshmen will learn to apply their knowledge and skills to address particular problems or challenges in the Miami community.
Q. Do I select my classes on my own?
A. In your freshman and sophomore years, you are assigned an academic advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Business Programs. The academic advisor helps you to create an academic schedule that makes sense and achieves the goals that you have established for yourself.
You should see your advisor at least once each semester to review your schedule and select courses for your next semester. Although you are not required to schedule a meeting with your advisor in your junior and senior years, many 3rd and 4th year students continue to consult with them to ensure that they are completely on track for graduation in a timely fashion.
As a freshman, you are automatically assigned a TA/Peer Counselor. Your TA/PC is a junior or senior who has achieved excellent academic standing. He/she will be one of your best resources for information, whether it's figuring out courses, the MYUM system or where to eat the best pizza in town. TAs (Teaching Assistants) will also mentor many first-year students in the FIRST Step program.
Q. Can I study abroad?
A. Students are encouraged to study a semester, summer or whole year in another country. From Australia to Monaco, students may choose from a wide variety of opportunities. Please go to the Study Abroad web site to learn more
Q. What kind of internship opportunities are available at the School of Business?
A. Many Fortune 500 companies actively recruit UM students for internships at their firms. UM students may access internship opportunities through the Toppel Center for Career Planning and Placement. Seniors who have demonstrated a strong academic record, fulfilled all academic standards, and gained approval from the appropriate departmental chairperson may also apply some internships for academic credit.
Q. Should I visit the campus?
A. Absolutely. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the South. In addition to attending the admissions information session and tour, you may wish to know more about the Business School and its curriculum. Please contact the Undergradutate Office at 305-284-4641 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an information session during your campus visit. You will be able to discuss your options, learn more about the school's curriculum and determine whether or not UM is the right place for you.