Pre-Business Professional Development Fee

In Spring 2013, students from the Eller College, in collaboration with College leadership, identified the need to connect Eller students with career-oriented opportunities and education before the onset of the professional phase of the Eller experience.

Pre-Business Fee Overview

An increase to this lower division professional development fee was approved in Spring 2014 to support the growing Professional Development Center services, a new sophomore-level business communication course (2015 catalog), and support for the integration of technology demanded by employers into Eller courses.

The new rate is $350 per semester for students in the Pre-Business phase of their degree. Students professionally admitted to the Eller College are not subject to this fee but are subject to the Differential Tuition Surcharge.

The students’ return on investment for this fee is wide ranging, including, as circumstances dictate, career coaching, professional development courses, interaction with employers and alumni that have expertise in their areas of interest, and special programs in preparation for elite careers. Beginning freshman year, students will develop a future vision including knowledge, skills, and experiences that are necessary for specific careers. Every subsequent year students will receive follow-up coaching to help them succeed in internships and graduation placement. The Eller lower division communication course will support improved business writing. Software including Excel will be practiced more often within courses to support workforce readiness.

Located in McClelland Hall Room 203 (directly next to the Academic Advising Office), the Eller Professional Development Center strives to empower a diverse student population that actively manages career choices in the global marketplace, to develop the best-prepared job seekers, and to maximize students' chances for success by providing highly personalized services.


Fee Results

Below are opportunities we are excited to offer as a result of this fee. These opportunities are now in place for pre-business majors:

Business Administration 100: The Language and Context of Business (1 unit, Spring semester)

Through this course, students will:

  1. Understand basic business vocabulary and use that vocabulary in spoken and written form.
  2. Be prepared to enter future business courses with the background needed to be successful.
  3. Understand the basic organization of a corporation, the components of the industrial economy and the high-level functions within a typical business.
  4. Enhance your career readiness and understanding of the potential outcomes of several business careers.
  5. Pick your interest in an area of study.
  6. Understand the risks inherent in various industries.
  7. Understand the business model (revenue process) and key performance measures associated with various industries.

Additionally, as part of the BNAD100, we introduce students to the variety of industries in business through a one-day event, Freshman Career Quest. Through this event, students select from a variety of company sessions they would like to attend to participate in an active learning case study.

Business Administration 200: Career Management in Business (1 unit, Fall semester)

Through this course, students will:

  • Understand how your personal characteristics (e.g. values, personality, interests, and skills) influence career management through self-assessment and goal setting;
  • Identify appropriate academic majors, training, and/or occupational alternatives in relation to values, personality, interests, and skills;
  • Use information resources to explore academic major and career options;
  • Use your communication toolkit and personal brand to position yourself for success in achieving your career goals

Experiential learning is the key to developing professional. As part of BNAD200, students participate in a team-based Sales Communication Case Competition to gain the sales communication skills necessary to success in the professional world.

Career Coaching

Career Coaches offer professional development guidance to students by helping students identify and realize career goals through personal consultation. Career Coaches help students in researching career paths and finding internship and full-time opportunities. They identify specific skills required for employment and help students obtain these skills, as well as assist students in the application and interview preparation processes.

Our Career Coaching team has qualified industry coaching expertise in marketing, management, finance, economics, accounting, management information systems, sales, consulting, banking, and graduate school planning. Make an appointment with an Eller Career Coach through eSMS , select “Career Advising” under appointment type.

Industry-Specific Career Experiences

In addition to career coaching, we offer specific industry career training to assist high achieving students with gaining skills and experience necessary to succeed in elite job markets.

  • Wall Street Professional Development Course (spring only)
  • Consulting Professional Development Course (spring only)
  • Spring Break Career Study Tours (in various cities; e.g., San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle)
  • Tucson and Phoenix Employer Treks
  • Women in Capital Markets Day
  • Professional Women in Finance Brunch

PDC Workshops and Walk-ins

Throughout the semester, the Professional Development Center offers a variety of workshops to assist students in their professional development. Workshops focus on topics such as interviews skills and preparation, resume writing, graduate school planning, and excel training. During the Fall and Spring semesters, we also offer walk-ins to assist students with quick resume critiques and career-related questions. These services are especially useful during Professional Admission time to help students through the interview, resume, and cover letter portion of the admission process. Be sure to keep a look out on your email for additional information about workshop and walk-in availability.


In an effort to assist students in gaining career-related experiences earlier, the Professional Development Center organizes externships (one day job shadow experiences) with alums across the nation. We offer these externships over winter and summer breaks when students are home and can participate in their home city.

Case Competitions

Case competitions are a great way to get real-world experience in the safe setting of the college. The Professional Development Center works with employers to offer case competitions to our students. Typically, students will participate as a group to solve a real-life business problem. Some case competitions are part of your curriculum (e.g., BNAD200 Sales Communication Case Competition), and other are extracurricular (e.g., Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge). It also provides students the opportunity to present to business professionals and network with alumni.

Additional Information About the Fee

Grants are funded by setting aside 14% of the fee each semester. These set-aside funds are to be used to offset the burden of the fee for students with need.  The number of students with need often exceeds the funds that have been set aside.  Awards are given until funds are exhausted.


For additional information, please contact us.