Business Honors Program

The Business Honors Program began in spring 2019. The Business Honors distinction is available only to students admitted to the Business Honors Program. Students pursuing all majors in the College of Business are eligible to apply and participate. Due to the nature of the program, freshmen, sophomores and transfer students are encouraged to apply.

The Business Honors Program provides academically outstanding students with opportunities to benefit from an enriched first-class education. Business Honors students will take smaller classes taught by some of the best faculty in the college. Additionally, the program is designed to give our students a competitive edge in the job market.

Students are required to complete business honors coursework as well as experiential learning activities during their undergraduate education. A student can pursue both the Honors College and the Business Honors program. The Business Honors coursework and requirements may be combined with some requirements from the Honors College.

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Program Admission

Applicants entering UTSA from high school will be directly admitted to the Business Honors Program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements.
  • Are ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
  • Earn an SAT score of 1200 or higher (old SAT), 1280 or higher (new SAT) or a 27 or higher composite score on the ACT.
  • Have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) for unencumbered registration for courses.

Transfer Students
Applicants who have attended college after high school and have earned a minimum of 12 transferable college credit hours will be directly admitted to the Business Honors program if they:

  • Meet all UTSA undergraduate admissions requirements.
  • Have a transfer grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher (minimum of 12 transferable college credit hours).College of Business Honors Program Curriculum
  • Have completed MAT 1053 Mathematics for Business (TCCN MATH 1324 or equivalent) or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • Have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) for unencumbered registration for courses.

Current UTSA Business Students
Applicants who are current UTSA students will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Students must be pursing a business degree.
  • Students must have at least 12 UTSA semester credit hours that apply toward graduation with at least one semester completed at UTSA.
  • Students must demonstrate high academic achievement with a minimum UTSA and College of Business grade point average of 3.25.
  • Students must have well-documented involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work experience.
  • Students must demonstrate exceptional involvement and leadership in the business school and/or at UTSA.
  • Students must prepare and submit an application essay.

Honors College Students
Students who are admitted to the University Honors Program have direct admission to the Business Honors Program, but must apply to confirm participation in the Business Honors Program.

Program Requirements

The Business Honors Program requires its member to meet academic and experiential learning requirements in order to graduate with the Business Honors designation. There are two business honors tracks based on the student’s business major. In order to earn the Business Honors designation, program participants must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative UTSA and COB grade point average of 3.25
  2. Complete curricular requirements that are based on the business major.

BBA Majors

Students pursing a B.B.A. major must complete 18 semester credit hours of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) honors courses.

15 hours from Business Core Curriculum (Select 5 CBK courses below designated as honors sections)

Fall Courses
ECO 2013
ECO 2023
FIN 3013
IS 3003
MGT 3013

Spring Courses
ACC 2013
ACC 2033
GBA 2013
MKT 3013
MS 3043

3 hours
Graduation capstone course: MGT 4893

B.A. Economics or B.S. Statistics and Data Science Majors

Students pursuing a B.A. in Economics or a B.S. in Statistics and Data Science must complete nine credit hours of coursework in the pre-Ph.D. program.

GBA 3013

And either:
GBA 4023
GBA 4033

GBA 4993       Honors Thesis

Business Honors Engagement Activity Requirements

Engagement activities are curricular and co-curricular experiences both on and off campus in which students intentionally explore, discover, connect and build community to lead in a global society.  The Business Honors Program will recognize student engagement in the following four broad areas below.

  • Research and Discovery
  • Student and Campus Engagement
  • Community-Based and Global Learning
  • Personal, Professional and Career Development

Program activities will include senior-level guest speakers from the business and nonprofit communities, service projects, and social activities.

Graduation Requirement

To graduate in the Business Honors program, students must complete ALL program requirements and have a UTSA and College of Business 3.25 GPA.


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