BA Economics Advanced Standing

Eller College of Management BA Economics requires Advanced Standing to the upper-division curriculum.

This selective process is separate from the admission application to the University of Arizona. The web-application will open on Wednesday, Feb 13th at 5:00 pm.

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Dates and times are subject to change; please check back again at the beginning of each semester to confirm dates.

Spring 2019 Date & Time Advanced Standing Activity
February 13, 5:00 pm
February 14, 3:30 pm

Advanced Standing Orientation
Location: McClelland Hall Room 201A (Salter Seminar Room)


February 13, 5:00 pm

Advanced Standing Application Opens in eSMS
eSMS Admissions portal may required authentication for first-time users

February 14 - March 19

Mandatory Academic Advising Appointments 
To schedule an appointment, applications must first be submitted online through eSMS

March 20, 12:00 pm Advanced Standing Application Submission Deadline 
McClelland Hall Room 201
Students must submit hard-copies to the Front Desk and upload materials online through eSMS
March 22, by 5:00 pm Admission Confirmation Notifications Sent by Email 
Applicants should watch for an email to their University of Arizona CatMail account


Eligibility Requirements


In order to be eligible to apply for Advance Standing for Economics to the Eller College of Management, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • GPA Requirement: Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on 12 or more completed graded UA units. If fewer than 12 UA units have been completed, a Transfer GPA will be calculated using coursework from all transfer institutions attended. Any student who does not pass ECON 200 after the second attempt will no longer be eligible to apply for Advance Standing.
  • Unit Requirement: Have completed a minimum of 36 units of work acceptable to The University of Arizona, and be on track to complete 50 credits by the end of the semester in which applying.
  • Foundation Coursework Requirement: All applicants must be complete or be in progress with the necessary Pre-Economic Foundation Coursework requirements. All Foundation Courses must be successfully completed by the end of the regular semester in which a student applies. Students who do not pass any foundation courses which are in progress during the semester in which they apply will have their Advance Standing revoked. The following required courses requirements must be complete or may be in progress as noted below:
      • Math Sequence:
        At least one requirement complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
        MATH 116* and BNAD 276
        Note: MATH 116 can be replaced with an approved Calculus course (such as MATH 113, 122B, or 125)
        *Note: Calculus requirement MUST be completed with a grade of a “C” or higher
        Note: BNAD 276 can be replaced with AREC 339
      • English Composition Sequence: 
        All course requirements in this sequence must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. Acceptable course sequences include: 
        ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 OR
        ENGL 101A and ENGL 102 OR
        ENGL 107 and ENGL 108 OR
        ENGL 106, ENGL 107 and ENGL 108 OR
        ENGL 109H
      • Economics Sequence:
        Course(s) requirement must be complete. Acceptable course(s) include:
        ECON 200 OR
        ECON 201A and ECON 201B (transfer credit)
      • Management Information Systems Course(s):
        Course requirement maybe complete or in progress. Acceptable courses include:
        MIS 111 with MIS 111L OR
        MIS 111 with MIS 112 (if completing Fall 2018 or later)
        • MIS 111L is required for students who entered the UA in Fall 2012 or later (MIS 112 for students who enter the UA Fall 2018 or later). 
        • Arizona transfer students, please speak with an advisor for more information.
      • Business Communication Course:
        Course is typically in progress the semester in which applying for Advanced Standing. Acceptable course(s) include:
        BCOM 212 OR
        BCOM 214 (if already completed as a Pre-Business major)
        Note: English Composition Sequence and ECON 200 requirement must be completed before taking a Business Communication Course
        Arizona transfer students, please speak with an advisor for more information.


  • Good Academic Standing: Students must be in good academic standing (UA GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the UA in order to be eligible to start the Advance Standing courses. Students may not start the upper-division courses on Academic Probation (UA GPA below 2.0).


  • Application will be deleted if student is not eligible to apply in the semester they submit the application.



Application Process

The Advanced Standing process for entry into the BA Economics Major within the Eller College of Management requires the following steps:

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements. 
  2. Attend the Advanced Standing Orientation.
  3. Submit the online application through eSMS.
  • You must first submit the online application in order to schedule your advising appointment
  • Attend a mandatory academic advising appointment with an academic advisor.
  • Turn in your completed application packet by the required deadline (late applications will not be accepted).
    • Completed application includes:
      1. Application Summary Page: can be printed through eSMS after submitting the online application.
      2. Cover Letter: explains reason for pursuing chosen major, as well as personal accomplishments and career goals.
      3. Resume: highlights your experiences and accomplishments
    • Application will be deleted if student is not eligible to apply in the semester they submit the application.



    Eller College Advanced Standing Orientation is mandatory for all Eller College students applying for Advanced Standing.

    Students are expected to be in attendance at one of the orientation sessions listed below. Please RSVP through eSMS. Casual Attire is appropriate for all Advanced Standing Orientation sessions.  Please bring a laptop or mobile device to the Orientation session so that you can submit your online application.  

    Spring 2019 Advanced Standing Orientation Dates

    • Wednesday, February 13th 
      5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
      Location:  McClelland Hall Room 201A (Salter Seminar Room)
    • Thursday, February 14th 
      3:30:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
      Location: McClelland Hall Room 201A (Salter Seminar Room)


    Criteria Considered

    The Eller College Professional Program seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal abilities that will contribute to the Eller College's academic and co-curricular programs, as well as those students who demonstrate strong leadership potential and have a high potential for success in the professional management field. The admission process is selective. Candidates are evaluated in the following areas:

    • Cumulative UA GPA
      • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to be eligible to apply. A Transfer GPA will be calculated for all transfer students who have earned less than 12 credits at UA.
    • Pre-Economics Foundation Courses
      • Students must complete required Pre-Economics Foundation courses, or be in the process of completing courses during the semester in which they apply.  
    • Cover Letter and Resume
      • Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate leadership, work experience, community service, and involvement in co-curricular activities
      • Students are encouraged to utilize resources and Career Coaching offered through the Eller Professional Development Center.

    One of our goals is a diverse student body. Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to U.S. citizens and others who are otherwise qualified to hold permanent employment in the U.S.


    Differential Tuition Surcharge Information

    A professional program fee is assessed every semester to students in Eller's undergraduate professional program. Fees are subject to annual review and may change. During summer and winter sessions, students will incur an additional $20 per unit fee for all courses offered by Eller departments (both lower-division and upper-division). See Differential Tuition Surcharge for more information.


    Application Fee

    A $55 fee will be applied to all eligible students submitting an Advanced Standing applicationThe fee will be charged to the Bursar Account of all UA students. Transfer students who do not have a UA Bursar Account must pay the fee with a check or money order when they submit their application.

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