Eller Honors Program

Eller Tracks of Excellence

Upper Division Core and Major Honors Courses

In their third and fourth years, Eller Honors students select one of the following Tracks of Excellence in order to complete six units of thesis work as required for graduation with Honors:

Track Description

Track 1: Academic Departmental Research

For Marketing, MIS, Business Economics, Business Management, Operations Management Majors, or Global Business Program Minor

To complete this track, initiate contact with a faculty member in the department of your major. That faculty member will serve as your advisor as you undertake research design and critical analysis for the discipline of your choice, leading to writing and presenting your thesis during the second semester of your senior year. 
Course: Independent Study
Track 2: Entrepreneurship This track allows you to complete a business plan as your Honors thesis, working closely with faculty in the McGuire Entrepreneurship program to complete your Honors capstone project. This track requires acceptance to the McGuire Entrepreneurship program — please visit the McGuire website for application details. 
Courses: ENTR 487H, MKTG 480H, FIN 480H, ENTR 484H, ENTR 420L
Track 3: Applied Portfolio Management If you are interested in finance, this track allows you to apply classroom learning to the active management of a portfolio, with your applied portfolio report serving as your final thesis. Admission to this track requires completing FIN 412, earning an A in FIN 421, FIN 423A, and approval from the Department of Finance. 
Courses: FIN 498H 
Track 4:  Accounting 

Completing your honors thesis in accounting is a two semester commitment.  The first semester begins with a more traditional classroom experience.  The course is taught by a research faculty member or experienced PhD student and focuses on understanding accounting research theories, developing research questions, and writing a well-developed research thesis proposal.  Successful completion of the first semester will enable you to continue into the second semester where you will gather data, execute the statistical tests and complete the writing of the thesis.  Both semesters will be graded, however, they do not count as part of the two accounting electives required to graduate.

Courses: ACCT498H 


See what some of our Spring 2017 Honors Graduates are doing! 

Kham To (Finance & Business Economics)

Plans After Graduation: Rotational Development Program as a Trader at Edward Jones in Tempe, AZ
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Don't be afraid to get involved early! Join clubs, do case competitions, and apply for internships as early as your freshman year. All of these professional development opportunities will definitely make you stand out! If you don't know where to start, go to the Professional Development Center in Eller and the Career Coaches there will be glad to help.

Ivan Escobosa (Finance & Entrepreneurship)

Plans After Graduation: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Get involved ASAP, both in and out of Eller!

Hannah Shanken (Marketing & Entrepreneurship, minor in French)

Plans After Graduation: I will be working at Sakara Life in New York City, an organic meal delivery service startup, as the marketing and partnerships associate
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Get involved in clubs within Eller(go AdCats!), and soak up the time you have to spend on group projects, because that's how you'll make a lot of really great friends!

Matthew Wall (Accounting, minors in Spanish, Government & Public Policy)

Plans After Graduation: I will be attending the masters of sports law and business at Arizona State University. I hope to work in the sports industry and help my community. 
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Don't underestimate people. Whether they are in your BCOM group or just in your classes, you never know when others may be able to assist you during school or out in the real world. 

Sydelle Harrison (Accounting & MIS)

Plans After Graduation: I will be interning for the summer with KPMG in San Francisco. In the fall I will be a part of KPMG's inaugural class of their Masters of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program at Villanova University. After I complete my masters I will be working as an auditor for KPMG in San Francisco. 
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Take advantage of every opportunity Eller gives you, because you never know who you'll meet and where it will take you. 

Henry Roden (Finance & MIS)

Plans After Graduation: Working In the corporate offices of Macy's Inc. in NYC on the Planning Track of their Executive Development Program
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Come of the gates strong during your first year and make meaningful relationships with your teachers, I still have an excellent working relationship with my first semester math teacher!

Isabella Ritz (Finance)

Plans After Graduation: Finance Leadership Development Program at Siemens
My Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Make sure you pick a major that you're passionate about because it will make your work rewarding and enjoyable; and enjoy your time in this amazing school because it goes by fast!

Elizabeth (Liz) Spohn (Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship)

Plans After Graduation: Business Management Associate for General Mills in Scottsdale, AZ
One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. I'm sure you hear it a lot, but get to know the people you work and go to class with. Your peers, professors, advisors, career coaches, and coworkers all make excellent mentors and connections which you can utilize in your future professional career. The closer you are to them and the better they know you, the more likely you are to stand out and be successful. 



McCord Scholars Program

The McCord Scholars Program is the Eller College of Management’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship program.

Phoenix residents Robert and Sharon McCord have donated $10 million to establish the McCord Scholars Program for outstanding undergraduate business students across the state of Arizona at UA, ASU, and NAU. The portion of the gift that is designated for the Eller College will expand to provide ten scholarships of $10,000 each annually.

Mr. McCord commented, “Education is critical to maintaining competition in the international marketplace. This program will help us compete and will assist in attracting the best students in Arizona, thus providing great local benefit. It is our wish that this financial assistance will make a difference in the ability of talented students to finish their business education at quality universities.”

About the Program

McCord Scholars will receive $5,000 in the fall semester and $5,000 in the spring semester during their first year in the professional program (i.e., junior year). McCord Scholars are expected to remain active in the McCord Scholars Program for the duration of the professional program, with the intention that senior students will mentor junior students.

McCord Scholars will receive special invitations to Eller College events and networking opportunities (such as the UA Executive of the Year Luncheon) and will interact with the College’s senior leadership in small group settings.

McCord Scholars will also attend annual social activities with members of the McCord Foundation and the McCord Scholars from NAU and ASU.

Award Criteria and Application

McCord Scholars will meet the following criteria:

  • Scholars will be enrolled in the Eller College Professional Program, a two-year management program completed in the junior and senior year of the undergraduate experience resulting in a baccalaureate degree.
  • Scholars will be members in good standing of the Business Program, maintaining a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA 
  • Scholars will be actively involved in student and professional organizations and have a demonstrated track record of leadership.
  • Scholars will pursue a full-time academic course load and make regular progress toward a four-year undergraduate degree.
  • Scholars will be Arizona residents.
  • Application close date is: 3/26/2019 by 12 noon. 

Award Process Timeline

The Award Process timeline for this semester is below:

Date Activity
February 28 Call for Applications
March 14
5:00 p.m.
Information Session (McClelland Hall room 201B)
March 26
Applications Due
April 5 Winners Selected (notifications made by 8:00 p.m.)


For Transfer Students

The number of honors credits that need to be completed depend on the classification to which students are admitted to the UA.

For example:

  • If admitted as a freshman, students must complete 30 units of honors credit, six of which include the honors thesis or capstone project.
  • If admitted as a sophomore, students must complete 24 units of honors credit, six of which include the honors thesis or capstone project.
  • If admitted as a junior, students must complete 18 units of honors credit, six of which include the honors thesis or capstone project.


Additional Information

The University of Arizona Honors College
Visit the official website for the Honors College for the University of Arizona to find out about resources and policies about the UA Honors Program.

For additional information or questions about transferring into the University of Arizona and Eller College as an honors student, please contact us.