Undergraduate Business Programs

Students benefit from the Oakland University School of Business Administration’s reputation for graduating students with the skills employers value—starting with their first day on the job.

Through the business school’s wide variety of resources and programs, you will develop a range of abilities to help you succeed in business. Small class sizes create a foundation for you to develop strong relationships with faculty and staff. Programs offer opportunities for real-world business practice, while our extra-curricular programs give you a solid base for professional success.

This rich combination of business connections, active student involvement, engaging classroom discussions, hands-on learning, internships, leadership and career development preparation fully prepares our graduates to succeed.

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Majors &
Minors

At Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, you’ll find programs that integrate theory, research and experience -- giving you the unique combination of academic preparation and practical skills you will need to succeed. Our programs offer a stepping-stone for students to discover the right career path, while providing a comprehensive business overview in the foundations and specifics of their chosen fields.

Oakland business majors can take advantage of business minors to customize their business degree. Our minors offer non-business majors the chance to build business skills to support advancement in their chosen field. A business minor typically requires 16 to 20 credit hours. Minors include:


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Transfer
Student

Oakland prides itself on working with transfer students. More than half of our undergraduate students have transfer credits. Our academic advisers will work with you on this important transition. They understand transfer student needs and can answer all your questions.

Attend an Event

Oakland University holds many admission events throughout the year where you can learn more about the University and The School of Business.

Go for the Gold
If you're even slightly interested in being a Golden Grizzly, you won't want to miss this big event! High school and transfer students (and their families) will meet OU faculty, staff and students, and attend interactive sessions about potential majors and career areas. You'll also be able to tour the campus and residence halls.

Transfer Student Open House
Thinking about transferring? We’d love to have you at OU! We’ve designed open houses just for you. Attend and you’ll receive an immediate admission decision and transfer credit evaluation. Staff and faculty will answer your questions about general education requirements, transfer credit procedures and financial aid.

Transfer Tuesdays
Make a Tuesday appointment to meet with an admissions adviser. During your appointment, you will receive an immediate admission decision and transfer credit evaluation.

Discover OU
Come to Discover OU for an admissions presentation and campus tour. Then, chat with academic advisers from your area of interest during a free lunch in the Vandenberg Dining Center.

Transfer Student Information Sessions
Interested in transferring? Learn more at an info session, where you’ll be provided with an overview of the application and admission process, as well as tips on making a smooth transition to OU.

Business Day
It’s time to get corporate. Attend this event if you’re interested in academic programs in the School of Business Administration. You’ll take a campus tour and talk to faculty, staff, alumni and current students. You’ll also learn about financial aid, admission and scholarship criteria.

Get details, dates and register at oakland.edu/futurestudents/visit/


Transfer Equivalencies

Before you transfer, there are two important questions to consider:

What credits will transfer to Oakland? What will apply to a business degree?

To get the answers, consult the transfer equivalency guide on the transferring credit page.

If you are transferring from a Michigan Community College, you can use the program guides. All business majors follow the same program guides, so the information will be the same regardless of your future business major at Oakland.

TIP: Even though a class transfers, it may not apply to your business degree. Following the transfer guides and meeting with an academic adviser before transferring can help ensure your transfer classes will help get you closer to your degree.


Meet with an Adviser

If you are transferring with less than 56 credits, then you will be invited to participate in the Second Year Experience program. Learn more: Second Year Experience.

Transfer students are welcome to meet with a business academic adviser to learn more about business majors, career opportunities and transfer courses. Please call the business academic advising office at (248) 370-3285 to schedule your appointment.

Appointments are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On select Thursdays, appointments are available until 7 p.m.

Advising is also available at the Macomb University Center near the campus of Macomb Community College Center Campus in Clinton Township.

An adviser can work with you to understand your transfer credits, along with how to maximize your transfer courses from a community college. Planning with an adviser can potentially save you tuition by maximizing your courses from a community college.

You can apply online anytime on Oakland's Future Students page by clicking APPLY NOW. For additional transfer information, see TRANSFERS on Oakland's Future Students page. After applying, you’ll be notified via email about Oakland’s admission decision. If you are admitted, your next step is mandatory Transfer Student Orientation.


Apply Online

Once you have decided that Oakland University is for you, you need to complete an application. We recommend you apply at least two semesters in advance. For example, if you want to attend in September (Fall semester) you should apply two semesters between January and March (Winter semester).

Selecting Your Major

On the admissions application you will be asked to select a major.

If you know which business major you want, you should select that major. If you know you are interested in business but not a specific major yet, you can just select “business.”

All business students begin Oakland as a “pre-business” or “undecided business” student based on their transfer courses and GPA. Major standing is earned as early as a students’ second semester at Oakland, depending on transfer coursework.


You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year for free. Application instructions are available on Oakland's Future Students page.


Transfer Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is divided into two components — online and in-person. All transfer students are required to complete both components of orientation. Students may not register for courses until they complete Transfer Student Orientation Part Two and meet with a business academic adviser.

Transfer Orientation Part One takes about 30 minutes to complete online. Here you will learn how to set up your student accounts and how to register. Part Two takes place on campus. Here you will:

  • Learn about the different business majors
  • Find out how to earn major standing and full admission into the business program
  • Get details about how to register using SAIL
  • Learn about the campus resources available to business students
  • Work with an adviser to analyze your transfer credits
  • Determine how many and what classes you need to complete your degree
  • Register for courses under the guidance of academic advisers

On campus sessions are scheduled once a week throughout most of the year. We recommend scheduling an orientation as soon as possible.

You can access Transfer Orientation details here.


Individual Orientation

Attending a group transfer orientation is ideal, but if you are admitted close to the beginning of a semester or simply cannot attend a group orientation, individual orientations can be arranged.

In this orientation you will meet one-on-one with an academic adviser in the Business School. The adviser will review your transfer courses with you, explain your program plan, outline what’s left for graduation, and create a schedule of recommended classes

Unlike in the group orientations, the adviser will not be able to guide you through registering for classes. You will need to make sure to ask for clarification if you do not understand something. However, you can always come for additional advising appointments.


Common FAQs
Is there a separate transfer application for the business school?
The School of Business Administration does not have a separate application. Follow the transfer process outlined on Oakland's Future Students page under TRANSFERS.

How many credits can transfer?
There are no restrictions on credits from a four-year college or university. However, the university will only accept 64 credits from a two-year community college.

If you have more than 64 credits when you transfer that’s okay, we’ll take the 64 best credits that apply to business at the time of your application. For details on transferring credit, visit the Office of the Registrar Transfer page.

Are scholarships available for transfer students?
Yes, there are scholarships available specifically for transfer students. See the Transfer Scholarships.
Prospective
Student

Once you have decided that Oakland University is for you, you need to complete an application. We recommend you apply at least two semesters in advance. For example, if you want to attend in September (Fall semester) you should apply two semesters between January and March (Winter semester).

Attend an Event

Oakland University holds many admission events throughout the year where you can learn more about the University and The School of Business.

Go for the Gold
If you're even slightly interested in being a Golden Grizzly, you won't want to miss this big event! High school and transfer students (and their families) will meet OU faculty, staff and students, and attend interactive sessions about potential majors and career areas. You'll also be able to tour the campus and residence halls.

Discover OU
Come to Discover OU for an admissions presentation and campus tour. Then, chat with academic advisers from your area of interest during a free lunch in the Vandenberg Dining Center.

Are You Ready for College?
High school students and their family members are invited to find out how they can prepare for college. Admissions and financial aid experts will discuss the college selection process, transitioning from high school to college, and financing a university education.

Business Day
It’s time to get corporate. Attend this event if you’re interested in academic programs in the School of Business Administration. You’ll take a campus tour and talk to faculty, staff, alumni and current students. You’ll also learn about financial aid, admission and scholarship criteria.

Get details, dates and register at oakland.edu/futurestudents/visit/


Meet with an Adviser

Learn how Oakland University's commitment to supporting new students in their transition to the university life can help you connect to campus and succeed academically by visiting the First Year Advising Center.

Prospective OU students are welcome to meet with a business academic adviser to learn more about business majors, career opportunities and transfer courses. Please call the business academic advising office at (248) 370-3285 to schedule your appointment.

Appointments are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On select Thursdays, appointments are available until 7 p.m.

Advising is also available at the Macomb University Center near the campus of Macomb Community College Center Campus in Clinton Township.


Apply Online

You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year for free. Application instructions are available on Oakland's Future Students page.

To be considered for early admission into OU’s Business Honors Direct Admit program, you must gain admission and complete the supplemental application by December 1 of your senior year in high school. Click here to apply.

Selecting Your Major

On the admissions application you will be asked to select a major.

If you know which business major you want, you should select that major. If you know you are interested in business but not a specific major yet, you can just select “business.”

All business students begin Oakland as a “pre-business” or “undecided business” student based on their transfer courses and GPA. Major standing is earned as early as a students’ second semester at Oakland, depending on transfer coursework.


Orientation

New first-year students starting at Oakland University are required to attend New Student Orientation. During this program you will meet with your assigned academic adviser, register for courses and learn about university policies, resources and your OU accounts.

You can access New Student Orientation details here.


Common FAQs
Is there a separate application for the business school?
The School of Business Administration does not have a separate application. Follow the application process outlined on Oakland's Future Students page under FRESHMEN.

What scholarships are available for business students?
In addition to freshmen scholarships offered through undergraduate admissions, The School of Business offers both merit and financial based scholarships specifically for business students.

What makes OU's School of Business unique?
  • The Business Honors program for high achieving entering freshmen
  • Active student organizations that connect with professionals from national, regional and local companies
  • The Business Scholars program for high achieving students
  • Opportunities to build your resume with campus leadership positions
  • Business Data Analysis Lab with 10 Bloomberg financial terminals with the option to complete the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Program
  • Student-Managed Investment Fund gives students hands-on experience in investment portfolio management with a $2 million fund
  • Faculty led study abroad programs
  • Personal study abroad programs available on six continents
  • Case competition teams that compete nationally against other colleges
  • Guided resume development with a career consultant
  • Individualized internship plan with the b-school internship coordinator
  • Practice interviews with real world business professionals
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Business Major?

Considering a business major?

A business degree is big step forward on a successful journey to career satisfaction. Business majors are in demand. Career Builder consistently reports that employers hire graduates with a business foundation at a greater rate than other majors. NACE Job Outlook confirms that employers seek out business majors. Thanks to the solid education, unique hands-on experiences and the opportunity to connect with professionals weekly, Oakland business graduates are poised to reach the top. The numbers speak for themselves: Oakland business graduates launch successful careers reporting a 95% placement rate after graduation. In fact,  83% report being professionally employed before they graduate.

What makes OU's School of Business unique?
  • Active student organizations that connect with professionals from national, regional and local companies
  • The Business Scholars program for high achieving students
  • Opportunities to build your resume with campus leadership positions
  • Business Data Analysis Lab with 10 Bloomberg financial terminals with the option to complete the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Program
  • Student-Managed Investment Fund gives students hands-on experience in investment portfolio management with a $2 million fund
  • Faculty led study abroad programs
  • Personal study abroad programs available on six continents
  • Case competition teams that compete nationally against other colleges
  • Guided resume development with a career consultant
  • Individualized internship plan with the b-school internship coordinator
  • Practice interviews with real world business professionals

Attend an Event

Oakland's School of Business holds several events where you can learn more about us.

Business Major & Minor Expo
Considering a career in business? Find out how a major or minor in business can differentiate you in today's competitive job market. This event is set up as an Open House where you'll have an opportunity to visit various representatives from different majors. Open to all OU students. At this event, you'll:

  • Discover major programs
  • Learn about minors that complement business and non-business majors
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Meet faculty and industry experts
  • Make professional connections
  • Get information about post-graduate educational opportunities

This event is typically held in early November.


Explore Business Careers
Open to all Oakland University students!  Come ready to learn about the various careers paths and graduate school opportunities that exist within each of the business majors. You will interact and connect with faculty, employers, peers, and those providing services for the major. This event is typically held in early February.


Meet with an Adviser

Students changing their major to any School of Business major are required to meet with an academic adviser. During your appointment, a Change of Major form will be completed. Additionally, a business academic adviser is a great resource to learn more about SBA programs, student organizations, and career opportunities.

Please make an academic advising appointment using Advisor Trac. You will need your OU Email name, or "Net ID" and email password to log on.

If you require additional assistance, please call the business academic advising office at (248) 370-3285.

Appointments are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On select Thursdays, appointments are available until 7 p.m.

Advising is also available at the Macomb University Center near the campus of Macomb Community College Center Campus in Clinton Township.