Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the following list of frequently asked questions before contacting our office as you may find the information you need within the answers below.
Can I have only the International Business major?
International Business is not a standalone major; you must have another SoBA major along the major in International Business.
What degree do Business majors receive?
All business majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Management Information Systems, or International Business.
How are ACT (HP) classes counted toward my credits for graduation?
Four credits of 100 level ACT (HP) skills courses may be counted towards the 120 credits to graduate. The ACT (HP) skills courses may not be counted towards the 60 outside of business.
What is the difference between WP and WF?
If you decide to drop a course after the 45th instructional day, a WF or WP will appear on your transcript. If you are failing the class, you will receive a withdraw fail (WF). If you are passing the class, you will receive a withdraw pass (WP). These grades will not affect your GPA, but will be noted on your transcript.
How do I drop a class?
- During the first 15 instructional days, you may drop a class on cyberbear with no signatures required.
- From the 16th to the 45th day, take an add/drop slip to your professor; have your professor sign it and bring the slip to the Advising and Admissions Office for an advisor signature.
- After the 45th day, you must petition with a late add/drop slip. Request a signature from the professor first, then bring your slip to the Advising and Admission Office for the remaining signatures.
(All forms are available at the SoBA Student Success Center or Griz Central. Instructors may set add/drop policies for their own courses that may differ from the above deadlines.)
Does SoBA offer a Business minor?
Yes. You can find details about the minor on its information page or by contacting the SoBA Student Success Center for details on how to begin your minor today.
I am thinking about taking classes for a minor in another department. What are the requirements?
Look up your interested minor in the University of Montana catalog. If the department offers a minor, a paragraph will appear entitled Requirements for Minor. Please consult an advisor in that department.
Do I have to complete all primary lower-core classes before taking upper division classes even if I only have one left? Are there any exceptions?
You must complete ALL primary lower-core classes with a C- or better in order to take upper division SoBA classes. There are NO exceptions. Transfers: please see the SoBA Student Success Center with questions. If you have doubts or questions about course offerings for each semester and/or when you should anticipate taking upper division classes, please see the SoBA Student Success Center. You want to avoid being in a situation where you cannot enroll in upper divisions classes during a semester that you assumed they were available.
I will be taking a class at another university and transferring it in for a SoBA class. What do I need to do?
Come to the SoBA Student Success Center before taking this course so that you can ensure that the course is pre-approved as equivalent to a SoBA requirement. Just because a course was once accepted does not mean that it still is, so confirm with the Success Center before spending time and money on a course that will not be accepted.
I retook a class. How does that work in terms of my GPA?
All grades are used to calculate your Grade Point Average unless the $100 repeat fee is paid. If you pay the repeat fee, only the last grade received in the course is used to calculate the GPA. However, this does not mean that the old grade will disappear off of your transcript. It will still be on your transcript but will not be counted in your GPA.
For courses taken and repeated in fall semester 2009 or later, the following repeat fees apply:
- $25 fee for the first repeat of the same course
- $35 fee for the second repeat of the same course
- $50 fee for the third repeat of the same course
If I want to change my major to Business, what do I need to do?
Pick up a “Change of Major” application from either the SoBA Student Success Center or from Griz Central. Have the application signed by the department of the major you are dropping. Students with General Studies and undeclared majors should go to the Undergraduate Advising Center in Lommasson 269. After receiving the department signature, come to SoBA Student Success Center for the signature into Business Administration. You will not have a specific major until you have completed all lower-core requirements with a C- or better with a 2.0 GPA and have filled out a major application.
What do I need to do if I want to drop a Business major?
The process is similar to the one for adding a Business major, but you should come to the SoBA Student Success Center first. After your application is completed and signed, you can go to the new major department to add your new major.
If I am a SoBA major, can I take classes for credit/no credit?
If the class is required for your major or for general education, you must take the course for a traditional letter grade. Elective courses outside your major may be taken for credit/no credit.
What are the requirements to take the capstone class?
Traditionally, the capstone class is taken in your final semester. You must have already completed in previous semesters all five classes in the Upper Core with a C- or better. You must also have an approved graduation application on file and be of senior status (90+ credits).
I am not sure if I am on the right track to graduate, or what I have left to fulfill for my degree requirements. Where can I go?
Come see the SoBA Student Success Center! The office is open 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the entire year to answer any and all questions you may have and to assist you in making sure you are on track to graduate. The SoBA Student Success Center is here for the students, so please contact us right away if you are unsure of your status. Take advantage of this today!
Who is my advisor?
Freshmen and sophomores are assigned to the SoBA Student Success Center. In the semester you are completing all lower-core business courses with a C- or better, you will apply for a major in the SoBA Student Success Center. After your application is processed a faculty advisor will be assigned to you based on your major. If you are in Four Bear or a Vet you will be assigned a Four Bear or Vet advisor and be required to meet with that person every semester.
How can I find my advisor?
If you go to Academic Planner and click on the Profile button, you will see academic advising information. If you have further questions, please see the SoBA Student Success Center.
I am thinking about going on to the MBA/MAcct/MSBA program, where can I get more information?
Please visit the Graduate Programs page for general information. If you have additional questions, please see Dawn Hambrick in GBB L35 regarding MBA/MSBA admissions. For the MAcct program, see the MAcct Program Director, Dr. Teresa Beed in GBB 315.
Who do I need to talk to about doing an internship, studying abroad, or getting the Entertainment Management certificate?
- Internships: Kathleen Tarkalson, Director (GBB L35)
- Studying Abroad: Dr. Nader Shooshtari, Director of SoBA International Programs (GBB 302)
- Entertainment Management: Mike Morelli, Director of the Entertainment Management Program (GBB 336)
Where can I get a major application, the major check sheets, etc?
All forms are located inside of the SoBA Student Success Center in GBB L35. The check sheets and the major application are also available on the SoBA Student Success Center website. The graduation application, add/drop forms, and minor applications are also available in Griz Central.
How will the new course name changes affect me?
Many of the lower-core classes outside of the College of Business, as well as all courses within the College of Business have changed within the past few years. Eventually, all classes at UM will be adjusted in order to have a universal system for all Montana Universities. Check with the SoBA Advising Office for the new class numbers.
What is the graduation application process?
Graduation Applications are available on Moodle. Fill out this application, submit it to the SoBA Student Success Center, and pick it up 3 - 5 business days later (please allow up to two weeks during peak times). The SoBA Student Success Center reviews and approves the requirements for the major. You then submit the application with the $40 fee to the cashier in the Lommasson Center. Within two months, the Registrar's Office will review your application for university requirements. The Registrar's Office has final approval authority over the graduation application.
When do I need to turn in my graduation application?
This depends on when you plan to graduate. The deadline dates are always in the semester before you plan to graduate. THIS COMES MUCH SOONER THAN YOU THINK, SO PLAN AHEAD! First, you must submit the application to the SoBA Student Success Center for approval. E-mail notices and signs will be posted for students with these due dates. For spring graduation, you need to turn in your application to the SoBA Student Success Center by the October 1; for summer graduation, by December 31; and for fall graduation, by March 1.
What courses do I need to put in the “Courses Offered for Major” section of the graduation application?
Put all courses taken from SoBA are: BMGT, BMKT, BMIS, ACTG, BFIN, and BGEN. The only exception is ECNS 201S and ECNS 202*** discussed below.
***These two classes, along with any other economics courses, may be counted inside or outside of business. To graduate, you need 54 credits from SoBA and 60 non-business credits. Put them where you need them.
What does “Other courses required by the major department but outside the major field” mean?
These are all courses required for the business majors that are not SoBA classes. These include the following lower-core classes: WRIT 101, CSCI 172, COMX 111A, the approved math course (M 115/121/151/162), the approved statistics course (STAT 216/PSYX 222/SOCI 202/FORS 201), and/or ECNS 201S and ECNS 202S (***see exception above). Classes for your major that are not SoBA courses, such as foreign language courses for the International Business major, are also listed in this section.
What happens if I am double majoring? Do I need to fill out a second major application?
If you are completing the requirements for more than one major at SoBA, you do NOT need to fill out a second major application. List all majors at the beginning of the Graduation Application in the majors section. If you have an additional major outside of business, fill out an Application for Second Major. If you want two degrees you need 150 credits. Please see the SoBA Student Success Center with questions.
What do I put for the Foreign Language/Symbolic Systems requirement?
All business majors are required to take an approved statistics course (STAT 216/PSYX 222/SOCI 202/FORS 201). This fulfills the Symbolic Systems/Foreign Language requirement.
What are the requirements for the Natural Sciences perspective?
All University of Montana students must earn 6 credits in Natural Sciences for general education. One of these courses must include a lab.
What is my governing catalog?
This is typically the catalog in effect when you first enrolled at UM (for example, if you began taking classes here in fall 2012, you would use the 2012-2013 catalog). If you changed majors to Business Administration after you first enrolled, use the catalog that coincided with your first semester as a SoBA major.
Your governing catalog must be dated within 6 years of your graduation and you must have attended college while that catalog was in effect.
Do I have to use the same catalog for my major requirements and general education requirements?
UM allows students to use one catalog for major requirements and a different catalog for general education. If you have additional questions, please see the SoBA Student Success Center.
Where can I find information about commencement exercises?
Commencement is conducted once a year, in the spring. The Registrar's Office posts the information about commencement exercises on its website.
What happens if I want to change a class (drop/add), change my graduation date, or something else that I originally put on my graduation application?
There is a form called the “Graduation Change Form” that you should use to submit the changes to your graduation application. Please give this form to the SoBA Student Success Center. We will review and approve it and send it to the Graduation Office.