Becoming a Business Major

Congratulations on choosing a business degree at TCU.

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We hope to see you in our halls and classrooms soon. However, you can't get into the prestigious Neeley School of Business just by walking in the doors. Admission is competitive. Be sure you are on the right track with our helpful guide.

Still in high school? Visit the TCU Admissions Site for the following information:

First Year at TCU 

These steps are required to be eligible to apply to the Neeley School of Business.

  • Complete these courses by the end of your first year.
    • BUSI 10153 and Skills Development Lab
    • ENGL 10803
    • MATH 10283
    • ECON 10223
    • ECON 10233
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Complete 24 credit hours by the end of your first year.
  • Pass Microsoft Office certification tests for PowerPoint and Excel. Click here for more information.
    • Complete PowerPoint by December 11, 2019.
    • Complete Excel by March 25, 2020.

Second Year at TCU

These steps are required to be eligible to apply to the Neeley School of Business.

  • Complete these courses by the end of your second year: 
    • INSC 20153
    • INSC 20263
    • ACCT 20353
    • ENGL 20803
    • MANA 20153
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 TCU GPA; 2.5 for lower division requirements.
  • Submit an application through to
  • Begin preparing your résumé for the in-person interview by contacting the Neeley Professional Development Center at 817-257-7539 to make an appointment with one of our coaches.
  • Complete Strengths Development Indicator (SDI) assessment and debriefing through the Neeley Professional Development Center.
  • Complete a virtual interview – access and instructions provided at Entering Neeley Seminar.
  • Schedule an in-person interview.
  • Complete additional admission requirements of Speaker Event, an ENS Workshop and the Entering Neeley Seminar the semester you apply or a prior semester.

How Will You Know You've Made It?

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Complete all the steps. We can't say this enough. Skipping even one step will disqualify you.

You will be notified via email by October 31, 2019 regarding your application status. Please remember, completing all the steps does not guarantee admission. We would like to accept every student who applies, but business is a popular major so admission is competitive.

TCU Internal Transfer Student

Admission to the Business School as a change of major is an application process that takes place each spring semester. Applications, resumes and essays may be submitted through the online application link beginning March 2020.

To be eligible to change your major to Business you MUST:

1) Have a 3.25 GPA

2) Submit  Online Application 

For more information regarding the required Microsoft certifications, click here.

If you have additional questions, contact the Neeley Academic Advising Center


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Decision Notifications

  • Students will be notified of an admission decision by the Neeley Academic Advising Center (NAAC) at the beginning of June.
  • Students who are accepted to the business school will be assigned a NAAC advisor and will be notified by email to schedule an advising appointment to review his/her new academic plan.

Suggested Courses

Here is a list of courses you may take before being accepted as a pre-business student:

  • ENGL 10803 – Introductory Composition
  • ENGL 20803 – Intermediate Composition
  • MATH 10283 – Applied Calculus (MATH 10273 with a “C” or higher serves as a prerequisite for MATH 10283) (MATH 10524 credit accepted)
  • ECON 10223 – Introductory Microeconomics
  • ECON 10233 – Introductory Macroeconomics
  • INSC 20153 – Statistical Analysis (prerequisite: Microsoft 2016 certification in Excel )*

** TCU offers Microsoft® 2016 Certification prep classes and testing. Contact the NAAC office for details, Tandy Hall 190.

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Please contact the Neeley Academic Advising Center if you need further assistance


External Transfer Student

Welcome to TCU! If you are a new student interested in transferring to TCU to study business, we encourage you to read through this page as well as our website to gain insight on who we are.  The Neeley School of Business at TCU puts bright minds to work in a variety of learning environments. Brilliant faculty members electrify classrooms.  Everything we do is geared toward forging the next generation of leaders — one unique person at a time.

To be considered for admission as pre-business, transfer students from a four-year university should have at least a 3.00 transfer GPA. Community college transfer applicants should have a minimum 3.25 transfer GPA to be considered as pre-business. Transfer students admitted as pre-business must meet additional requirements to advance to upper-division courses.


Pre-Business and Admission to Major

Students in the TCU Neeley School of Business are either pre-business or a declared business major.

Pre-Business:  First-year students who are granted admission to the University as pre-business. Students must complete additional requirements to be considered for advancement to one of the seven business majors and upper division courses.

Declaring a Business Major: Student has completed admission requirements and formally applied to the Neeley School. Students typically apply in their fourth semester for admission to upper level courses which begin in their fifth semester. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed. Upon acceptance, students will select from a specific major in business.  For applications, deadlines, and more information, click here.

First-Year Course Requirements

As a first-year student at TCU, you have many opportunities to explore academic and professional interests. To get the most out of your first year, please use the checklist below as a guide to help keep track of your academic and professional goals.

  • Pre-Business students must complete the following four courses in their first year: BUSI 10153, ECON 10223, ECON 10233, MATH 10283 and ENGL 10803, along with at least one TCU core requirement or other course recommended by their academic advisor.
    • BUSI 10153 – Business in Society
    • ECON 10223 – Introductory Microeconomics
    • ECON 10233 – Introductory Macroeconomics
    • MATH 10283*– Applied Calculus
    • ENGL 10803 – Introductory Composition
  • Complete PowerPoint during the first semester by published deadline date
  • Complete Excel during second semester by published deadline date
*600 on SAT Math or 24 on ACT Math, or you must take Math 10273 as a prerequisite.
GPA Requirement at the End of the First Year
  • Students entering TCU as pre-business majors must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the first year at TCU and obtain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to continue as a Pre-Business student beyond the first year.
  • NOTE: Students who do not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of the first year may not continue as pre-business and must select a major other than business.

Academic Advising for Transfer Students

The Neeley Academic Advising Center is here to help you reach all of your academic goals and answer any questions you may have.  Once you have been accepted as a TCU student, you are encouraged to contact the Neeley Academic Advising Center to set up an appointment with your assigned advisor.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (817)257-6772.  We also STRONGLY encourage you to attend transfer orientation. 

Visit our TCU Admissions Transfer Site for the following inquiries: