Eller College Professional Admissions


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The Professional Admission Application opens on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. and closes on Tuesday, September 27th at 12:00 noon.

Professional Admission Information Packet

Eller College of Management degree programs require professional admission to the individual majors.

This competitive and selective process is separate from the admission application to the University of Arizona.

Follow a link below or scroll down to view details on Eller College professional admission:



Dates and times are subject to change; please check back again at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester to confirm dates.

Global Cohort applicants--please refer to the Global Cohort Timeline.

Date and Time Professional Admission Activity
September 6
5:00 p.m.
Honors Direct Admission Orientation
McClelland Hall Room TBA
September 7
5:00 p.m.

Professional Admission Application Opens in eSMS Admissions Portal
eSMS Admissions portal may required authentication for first-time users

September 7
4:00 p.m.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m

Transfer Student Information Session
Modern Languages 303

Professional Admission Orientation 
Modern Languages 350

September 8
4:00 p.m.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

International/ESL Student Information Session
Room TBA

Professional Admission Orientation 
McClelland Hall Room 207

September 12 - 23 Mandatory Academic Advising Appointments
Applications must first be submitted online through eSMS Admissions portal
September 27
12:00 Noon
Professional Admission Application Deadline
McClelland Hall Room 201
Late applications are NOT accepted; students must submit hard-copies and upload materials online through eSMS Admissions portal
September 30

ESL (English as a Second Language) Professional Admission Interviews, Writing Assessment, and Skills Assessment
For all students admitted as international students
Interview and writing assessment times are scheduled during mandatory academic advising appointment

September 30
4:00 p.m.
Skills Assessment for ESL/International Students
McClelland Hall Room 207 (Berger Auditorium)
October 1 Professional Admission Interviews and Skills Assessment
For all applicants (non-ESL/international)
Interview times are scheduled during mandatory academic advising appointment
October 1
8:00 a.m.
Skills Assessment for All Students (Non-ESL/International)
Social Sciences Room 100
October 7
Approximately 5:00 p.m.
Admission Decision Notifications Sent by Email
Time and date are approximate and subject to change


Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

Follow the links below for complete professional admission eligibility requirements and application process:



Cohort Options

There are four cohort options to which students can apply:

Traditional Cohort
Students will complete their cohort in the regular fall/spring semesters. Courses are available during the day. Majors available in this cohort include accounting, business economics, business management, finance, management information systems (MIS), marketing, and operations management.

Evening Cohort - only for summer admission
Students will complete their first semester of the cohort in the summer's pre-session term and continue throughout the duration of summer. This is an accelerated cohort and can be completed in as little as 14 months. Courses begin at 5:00 p.m. and are not available during the day. Business administration is the only major available during the accelerated evening program.

Global Cohort - only for summer admission
Students will complete their first semester cohort requirements in an international emerging market in the summer semester. Remaining semesters will be held in Tucson under the traditional cohort model. Majors available  in this cohort include accounting, business economics, business management, finance, management information systems (MIS), marketing, and operations management.

Online Cohort - note: separate application process and timeline
Students will complete their upper-division courses fully online. Business administration is the only major available during the online program. Students are eligible to start the Eller Online Undergraduate program in fall, spring, or summer. The Online Cohort is designed to be completed in four semesters, with 12 credits per semester. Please review the UA Online Information to determine if a UA Online degree is right for you.


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 competitive and selective. Candidates are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Cumulative UA GPA
    • Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 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-Business Foundation GPA
    • Performance in Pre-Business Foundation courses is competitive and includes all previous attempts at coursework.
    • The calculation of the foundation course GPA does include grades from transferred coursework, although these grades do not affect the UA cumulative GPA.
  • Letter of Intent, Resume, and Interview
    • 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.

Students entering the Professional Program must possess a high level of language proficiency (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) and a high level of interpersonal competency for success and satisfaction in not only the academic environment but also in today’s global business environments (see eligibility requirements for more information).

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.

Students must begin the professional program in the semester for which they apply. Professional admission status cannot be deferred to a future semester.

Applicants for the Eller Online Undergraduate cohort will go through a slightly different application process.


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 a Professional Admissions 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.

Applicants for the Eller Online Undergraduate Cohort will be assessed the $55 fee at the time of enrollment.


For additional information, view our Admissions FAQs or contact us.