Online Program Admissions

Eller Online StudentsThe Eller Online Admissions Process

A high quality experience in all of Eller’s undergraduate majors begins with committed, talented, and motivated students. This is the purpose of a selective admissions process. Eller Online Undergraduate Business Administration applications are accepted on a rolling basis so that students can begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

In order to be eligible to apply to the Online Undergraduate Business Administration program, applicants must take the following steps:

Step 1: Apply to UA Online

If you haven't already been admitted to UA Online or the University of Arizona, please submit your application here.


Step 2: Confirm Your Eligibility

In preparation for your transition into Eller College, we encourage you to work with your Eller Online advisor to determine that you meet the eligibility requirements for the Eller Online Undergraduate Business Administration program.

In order to be eligible to apply for Professional Admission to the Eller College of Management, you must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA Requirement: Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 12 or more completed, graded UA units. If fewer than 12 UA units have been completed, a transfer GPA will be calculated using all attempted coursework from all transfer institutions. 
  • Unit Requirement: Have completed a minimum of 42 units of work acceptable to the University of Arizona, and be on track to complete 54 credits by the end of the semester in which applying. 
  • Foundation Coursework Requirement: You must be complete or in progress with the necessary pre-business foundation coursework. When calculating the foundation GPA, all graded attempts at courses are considered. 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 lose their Professional Admission. The following required courses must be complete or may be in progress as noted below: 
    • Accounting Sequence:
      At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include: 
      ACCT 200 (Financial Accounting)
      ACCT 210 (Managerial Accounting)
    • Business Math Sequence:
      At least two complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
      MATH 116 (Business Calculus)
      BNAD 276 (Business Statistics)
      BNAD 277 (Analytical Methods for Business) 
      Note:  Math 116 can be replaced with an approved Calculus course 
      Please speak with the Eller Success Coach for more information about alternative Math options.
    • Composition Sequence: 
      At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include: 
      ENGL 101 OR ENGL 107 (English Composition I) 
      ENGL 102 OR ENGL 108 (English Composition II) 
      OR ENGL 109H (Advanced Composition)
    • Economics Sequence:
      Course(s) can be complete or in progress. Acceptable course(s) include:
      ECON 200 (Basic Economic Issues) 
      OR ECON 201A (Microeconomics) and ECON 201B (Macroeconomics)
    • Management Information Systems Course(s):
      Course(s) can be complete or in progressAcceptable course(s) include:
      MIS 111 (Computers in an Internetworked Society) and MIS 111L (Excel Lab)
      MIS 111L is required for students who entered the UA in Fall 2012 or later. 
    • Business Communication Course:
      Course is typically in progress the semester in which applying for Professional Admissions.
      BCOM 214
      BCOM 214 is required for all students who began at the University of Arizona Fall 2015 or later.
      If you're transferring directly into Professional Admissions, you will be required to take BCOM 315 in lieu of BCOM 214.
  • 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 cohort. Students may not start the upper-division cohort on Academic Probation (UA GPA) 


Step 3: Apply for Professional Admissions to Eller Online

Once you have confirmed your eligibility for Professional Admissions, please submit your electronic application through eSMS:

NOTE: The eSMS application system for Eller Online will be available for Summer & Fall 2018 applicants beginning on Wednesday, January 24th at 5:00pm.

Semester Classes Begin Application Deadline
Spring Mid-January January 1
Summer Mid-May May 1
Fall Late August August 1


 Please note: A $55 application fee will be assessed to your UA Bursar's account when you are admitted to the Eller Online Undergraduate program.


Step 4: Mandatory Advising Appointment & Professional Admissions Interview

After submitting your Eller Online professional admissions application you will be directed to make a mandatory advising appointment with an Eller Online Success Coach. During this appointment our team will confirm your GPAs, review performance in the prerequisite courses, review your university academic requirements beyond the Business Administration (BNAD) major, and schedule you for the Professional Admissions interview.

In preparation for the Eller Online Professional Admissions interview, applicants are required to submit a resume and letter of intent (cover letter) into eSMS. Applicants are also required to review an ethics case study that will be discussed during the interview. Eller Online Professional Admissions interviews will be completed through a video interview environment.

For additional interview guidance, please see the Eller Online Professional Admissions packet.


Step 5: Complete Eller Online Orientation and prerequisite Skills Assessment Exam

Once you have been conditionally admitted through Professional Admissions you will complete a mandatory Eller Online Orientation course and the Skills Assessment Exam through D2L before the start of your first Business Administration major courses.

The primary goal of the Eller Online Orientation is to acquaint you with the online classroom environment and tools that you'll be using during your time as an Eller Online student. You will also have an opportunity to meet your fellow classmates who are starting Eller Online at the same time as you.

The Eller Online Orientation also incorporates the Skills Assessment exam that is required for all newly admitted Eller students who are transitioning to the upper-division. This prerequisite assessment helps us better understand your pre-business preparation and assist us in developing a plan to ensure your success in Eller’s online courses. The online Skills Assessment exam will be fully proctored using our remote proctoring service, Examity (which is the same proctoring service used in all future UA Online courses). Before the start of your first term in the Business Administration major, students must pass the Skills Assessment by earning a score of at least 15/20 (75%).

If a student does not earn 15/20 on their first proctored attempt at the exam, they will be required to complete a Supplemental Skills Review that will include video lectures and additional practice problems that are organized by topic into mini-quizzes. Students will have unlimited access to these additional review materials in order to reinforce and strengthen their skills in the core business areas. Students will be required to review and re-test through the mini-quizzes until they can achieve a passing score (75%) on each section of the Supplemental Skills Review tutorial.

The business topics included on the Eller Skills Assessment/Review includes:

  • Accounting (60%):

    • Financial accounting assumptions & principles
    • The accounting cycle
    • The accounting equation, account types, & the classified balance sheet
    • The Income Statement including retained earnings & dividends
    • Merchandising vs. Service Operations and analyzing transactions
    • Recording Business Transactions I: Merchandising Operations / Accounting for Inventory
    • Recording Business Transactions II: Receivables and Bad Debt / Prepaid Expenses & Unearned Revenue
    • Recording Business Transactions III: Property, Plant, and Equipment / Depreciation & Liabilities & Equity
    • The Statement of Cash Flows and ratio analysis
  • Business Math (40%):
    • Probability
    • Distributions / Statistics / Expected value
    • Solutions to linear equations
    • Time Value of Money:  Future value  &  present value

View Skills Assessment sample problems in PDF format.


For additional information, please contact the Eller Online Student Services Coordinator.