Undergraduate Business Advising Center

Your Road to Graduation


Sample Transfer Student "2 year" plans -

(lower division business courses complete and accepted to major via supplemental business application) 

Whether you began your college career at Sacramento State or transferred from another college (or colleges), all students are required to complete the university's General Education and Graduation requirements in addition to the Business Program Requirements. Students should familiarize themselves with these requirements as soon as possible in order to plan their college careers. Current General Education and Graduation requirements can be found in the University Catalog.

One way to check on your General Education progress is to check your "Academic Requirements" in your "Student Center" (in MySacState). This report attempts to assess your progress in both General Education as well as your Major. Please keep in mind that the report may not always accurately read coursework for the Business major if the courses were taken at another institution (or if the transcripts have not been received or were recently received).

If you have questions about General Education on the "Academic Requirements", please see Academic Advising in Lassen Hall. Questions related to the Business major should be directed to the Undergraduate Advising Center in Tahoe Hall 1030 (278-2499).

“120 unit” minimum – It is rare for a business major to be short of the “120 unit” requirement for graduation with a bachelor’s degree. It may happen in rare cases when a student has been very efficient choosing general education courses along with their major courses. In order to be sure you will reach 120 units, all you need to do it determine the units you have remaining and then add that to the number of units you have completed. You can see how many units you have completed by reviewing your “Unofficial Transcript” in your “Student Center”. Be sure to account for repeats and transfer credit that might not yet have transferred when calculating your units.

Important Academic Policies

Minimum grade requirement - All lower division and upper division business courses must be passed with a C- or better with the exception of MATH 24 which requires a minimum acceptable grade of “C”.

Course Repeat Policy - College of Business Administration lower division and upper division major requirements may be repeated twice (for a total of three [3] attempts – 2nd and 3rd attempts will be averaged). If a required course is not completed with a minimum acceptable grade in three attempts, the student may not continue in the business major.

Currency of Knowledge Requirement - Lower division courses used to satisfy the pre-major or minor require­ments must have been completed within seven (7) years of approval into the business administration major or minor.

Upper Division courses used to satisfy graduation requirements must have been completed within seven (7) years of the date of graduation.

Recommendations for:

Freshman/Sophomore - "Lower Division" students

Freshman and Sophomores are encouraged to familarize themselves with all of the university's General Education and Graduation requirements. An excellent resource for Business majors is the 4-year plan, which is an excellent guide for planning out your General Education and Business Major requirements.

One of the primary goals for Freshmen and Sophomores is to complete the Business Lower Division requirements and apply to the upper division major through the impaction process.  The sooner you are able to be approved into the upper division major through impaction the easier registration will be since students who are in the upper division major much more flexibility with their registration options. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements and deadlines to change from "Expressed Interest in Business" by clicking the "What is Expressed Interest in Business?" link.

Junior/Senior - "Upper Division" students

Juniors and Seniors in the College of Business are typically done with the majority of their General Education requirements and are working on completing the required major core courses and concentration courses.

Expressed Interest in Business

New transfer students should familiarize themselves with the impaction process as soon as possible.

General Education

Please keep in mind that at least 9 units of General Education (3 courses) must be completed at the "Upper Division" level (approved junior/senior level classes at Sacramento State numbered "100-199"). The list of approved courses can be found in the University Catalog. This means that even if you completed all of your General Education "Area" requirements (A,B,C,D,E) at another college, at least 3 more courses must be completed at Sacramento State (courses must be approved General Education courses numbered 100-199). At least one of the 3 courses must be an approved "Writing Intensive" course.

Sequencing of upper division Business Major courses

Please note the prerequisite requirements for required major core and concentration classes. They are typically noted in parenthesis in the University Catalog.

Special note on DS 101 - This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite to OPM 101, and OPM 101 is a prerequisite to GM 105. You do not want to delay taking DS 101.

All concentrations: Try to take the "gateway" courses as soon as possible

Sample "gateway" courses -

If Marketing, try to take "MKTG 101" as early as possible.

Finance - "FIN 101"

Accounting - "ACCY 111"

Human Resources concentration: Please pay special attention to HROB 154 (requires HROB 151, 152 and 153 as prerequisites).

MIS concentrations: Please watch sequencing and seek advising early in your career.


How do I file to graduate?

Effective March 2010, most Business majors will apply for graduation online. For more information, please see the following link:

Second bachelor's students will need to complete the paper graduation application. The paper application is available at the following link:

How do I find out about graduation ceremonies?

Commencement information can be found in the Business Student Services office at the following link:

Summer graduates: Students who are graduating in the summer may participate in either Spring or Fall commencement. There is no separate ceremony for summer graduates.

When will I receive my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed approximately 6 months after graduation. Students who need proof of their degree should order an official transcript from "Admissions and Records".