Frequently Asked Questions

Students can find frequently asked questions for our minor and business-related major programs and requirements. For information about each program, please visit the specific program page. 

Business Minor FAQ
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor FAQ
Supply Chain Minor FAQ
Accounting Minor FAQ
Finance Minor FAQ (coming soon!)
Marketing Minor FAQ (coming soon!)
Business-Related Majors FAQ

 

Have a question? Contact us at Undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu or send a VAC message. 

 


Business Minor FAQ

How many electives do I need for the business minor?

You need 8 units of electives for the business minor. In most cases, that will be two - 4 unit courses. However, some electives such as MGT 162 are only worth 2 units and will require two - 2 unit courses and one - 4 unit course. 

Both MGT 12 and MGT 18 show in your list of allowable electives. May I take both to fulfill the minor electives?

A maximum of two lower-division courses may be applied toward the minor (MGT4 and MGT5 taken together count as one lower division class that substitutes for MGT45 when applied toward the Business Minor). After this class is taken into account, this will only allow you to take one additional lower-division course. Students can select between MGT 12, MGT 16 or MGT 18 as their second lower-division course.

How many lower-division courses can I take toward my minor?

A maximum of two lower-division courses can be taken for any Rady minor. For the business minor, MGT4/ECON4 and MGT5 will count together as one lower-division course. You can watch a video about the lower division rule below.

I've decided to take different electives than the two I listed on my minor declaration form. Should I submit a petition?

You do not have to contact us if you decide to change your course plan for the minor, as long as the elective courses are from the list of approved minor courses. Please make sure that you adhere to the two lower-division rule and you do not take three or more lower-division courses.

What courses should I choose to fulfill my accounting requirement?

Students can fulfill their accounting minor by either taking one course or two courses. Students who have not taken accounting before and do not need an accounting course for any other program requirements (i.e. Major or Accounting Minor) are encouraged to enroll in MGT 45 Principles of Accounting. Students who have taken an accounting course sequence at a Community College or need accounting courses for their major may take both MGT/ECON4 Financial Accounting and MGT 5 Managerial Accounting to fulfill the accounting requirement. 

Can I take pre-requisites concurrently with the upper-division MGT course?

Lower-division pre-requisites for core courses may not be taken concurrently, no exceptions. Upper-division pre-requisites for core courses may be taken concurrently by petition only. Students must submit a formal Undergraduate Petition Form to receive an exception to the policy. 

Can I overlap courses between my major and my minor?

Students can overlap lower-division courses and two upper-division courses between their major and minor. All approved courses will automatically appear on the student's degree audit and fulfill both the major and minor requirements for up to eight units. If your approved courses are not overlapped automatically, please contact us by submitting a VAC message. Students majoring in International Studies - International Business and/or Business Psychology cannot earn a minor in business due to curricular overlap.

 

What is the process to receive departmental approval to use my AIP 197 as a business elective?

For department pre-approval, submit your AIP Learning Agreement Form to the advising office or to undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu after your faculty advisor has signed it. For formal approval to use AIP 197 as a business minor elective, please submit a Rady Student Petition and include a copy of your Learning Agreement as well as your final project assessment. A maximum of one AIP197 class can be applied toward the business minor. If an AIP project is more than 8 units, it will still only fulfill one business minor elective. For complete instructions, review the AIP 197 for Business Minor Credit document below. 

Find more information about the AIP program here: http://aip.ucsd.edu/.

AIP197

 

Can business minors take entrepreneurship courses for business minor credit?

Generally, courses designed specifically for the E&I minor will not fulfill your Business electives. These courses include MGT 187, MGT 127, MGT 128R and MGT 167. In the descriptions of these courses in our tentative schedule, you will only see it listed as Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses.

However, the topics of some courses are broad enough that they are relevant to both business and entrepreneurship. For example, MGT 121A, MGT 121B, and  MGT 105 will fulfill both minors to allow students to explore both minors. The course descriptions on the list of tentative classes for the academic year will indicate which classes are allowed in both minors. 

 

Can courses from another Institution fulfill Business Minor requirements?

Yes, courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower-division Rady School courses required for the Business minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management. You can transfer up to 2 courses total from Study Abroad, Community College and other 4 year institutions.

For California Community Colleges: All preapproved courses taken a California Community College will be listed in assist.org.

For 4 Year and Out of State Institutions: please fill out a Undergraduate Petition Form for the course and submit it alongside the syllabus for the course. 

Study Abroad: Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabus of the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

What is the process to petition my abroad courses to Rady?

Students may take classes abroad and apply two courses (eight units) toward their minor by petition only. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit an Undergraduate Petition Form and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower-division courses transferred from a community college).

 

How can file a petition?

Students may submit a petition to request an exception to policy due to exceptional circumstances.  To file a petition, please submit the Undergraduate Petition Form.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor FAQ

 Who should pursue the E&I minor?

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is geared toward students who like to brainstorm business ideas, work well in teams, and enjoy testing their "pitch" skills in front of potential investors.

What is the difference between the Business Minor and the E&I minor?

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor differs from the existing Business minor in that it focuses on entrepreneurship rather than general business management. The cornerstone of the minor is a required two-course entrepreneurship practicum sequence MGT 121A and B Innovation to Market in which students will pitch their ideas to classmates, form teams around the most viable ideas, and then walk through the new venture process including a professional business plan, a short “elevator pitch” and a comprehensive presentation tailored to target investors, clients, key customers, and employees. In addition to the practicum requirement, E&I students will also take a finance course specifically designed for the program. MGT 187 New Venture Finance examines how innovation is funded and teaches students about the financial tools necessary over the life cycle of a new venture- development, growth, maturity, and exit. The E&I Minor also includes a more limited set of electives relevant for entrepreneurs.

 

Can I declare both the Business Minor and the E&I minor?

No, students cannot pursue both minors. We suggest you start with classes that can count for both minors (such as MGT103, MGT16, MGT166, MGT164, MGT121A, and MGT121B) to see which minor best suits your interests.

Can I major in International Studies - International Business and do a minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation?

No. Students majoring in International Studies - International Business cannot minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Too many classes overlap between the major and minor.

 

Can I do an internship (AIP 197) for E&I minor credit?

No, the E&I minor has many opportunities for interactive learning, but neither internships nor special studies course (such as MGT199) count toward the E&I minor. If you have an opportunity that is directly related to your minor students, you may submit a Student Petition with your request. 

Can I participate in competitions?

We highly encourage E&I minor students to participate in business plan competitions (like the Triton Innovation Challenge) because experiential knowledge is so vital for aspiring entrepreneurs. Although this is not a program requirement, participation in such competitions provides invaluable knowledge and financial benefits. MGT 121B Innovation to Market may also serve as a “warm-up” for such competitions as the end deliverable for 121B is much the same as for a competition- a business plan and a group presentation to a panel of business professionals. By pitching their ideas to real business professionals and industry-specific experts, students are training for the real-world challenges of taking an idea to market such as raising outside capital. Competitions may also afford students the opportunity to win prize money to fund their ideas. If you plan to participate in this type of competition, please contact our advisor.

What are the prerequisites for MGT121B: Innovation to Market B?

The prerequisites for MGT121B are MGT121A and either MGT181 (for business minor students) or MGT187 (for E&I minor students).

If I study abroad, can I apply the courses I complete toward my E&I minor?

Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit a Rady Student Petition and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower-division courses transferred from a community college).

All E&I minors must take MGT121A: Innovation to Market A and MGT121B: Innovation to Market B at UCSD Rady School of Management; these classes cannot be taken abroad.


Supply Chain Minor FAQ

 How many electives do I need for the minor?

You need 8 elective units for the Supply Chain minor. In most cases that will be 2 courses. However, if any two-unit electives are taken, they must take two 2 unit electives for full elective credit.

I have taken MGT 174 in the past. Can I use this class for the Supply Chain minor?

MGT 174 will replace MGT 175. Please contact us through the VAC if there are any issues with your degree audit. 

How many lower-division courses can I take toward my minor?

A maximum of two lower-division courses can be applied toward the minor. For the Supply Chain minor, MGT4/ECON4 and MGT5 can count together as one lower-division course in lieu of MGT45: Principles of Accounting. You can watch a video about the lower division rule below.

I've decided to change the electives that I listed in my minor declaration. Should I petition this to you?

You do not have to contact us if you decide to change your mind about the electives that you will take, as long as the electives are in the list of approved courses. Please make sure however that you adhere to the 2-lower division rule and you do not take multiple lower division electives.

What courses should I choose to fulfill my accounting requirements?

Students can fulfill the accounting requirement for this minor by either taking one course (MGT 45) or two courses (MGT/ECON 4 and MGT 5). Most students will receive adequate preparation for the minor with just MGT 45. The option to take two courses is mainly provided for students who have completed the courses separately at a community college or those who have declared a business-related major.  

Can I take prerequisites for core courses at the same time as I take the next level course?

Pre-requisites for core courses may not be taken together. If you earned a D in a prerequisite course that is not required for the minor (i.e. MGT 3), you may be allowed to move on to the next course by submitting a Rady Online Petition Form

Can I overlap courses between my major and my minor?

You may overlap lower-division courses and two upper-division courses between your major and minor, as long as the course that you are trying to overlap can be used for both programs. Generally, all approved courses automatically will appear in both your major and minor requirements on your degree audit.  If your approved courses are not overlapped automatically please contact us. 

 

Can I transfer courses from another institution towards my minor?

Yes, course credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower-division Rady School courses required for the Supply Chain minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management. You can transfer up to 2 courses total from Study Abroad, Community College and/or other 4 year institutions.

For California Community Colleges: All pre-approved courses taken a California Community College will be listed in assist.org.

Other  4 year Institutions and Colleges outside of California: please fill out a petition for the course and submit it alongside the syllabus for the course. You may email this petition to undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu or drop it off in person to 2E112

Study Abroad: Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabus of the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

What is the process to petition my abroad courses to Rady?

Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit an Rady Online Petition Form and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower-division courses transferred from a community college).

How can I file a petition?

Exceptions to our departmental policies are approved only in extraordinary cases. To file for an exception, please submit the Rady Online Petition Form

Accounting Minor FAQ

Who can apply for an accounting minor?

Accounting minors are open to all majors at UCSD. To declare the minor, fill out a Minor Declaration Form on TritonLink.

Can I apply MGT45 toward my accounting minor?

No. MGT45 Principles of Accounting cannot be considered an adequate substitute for both ECON4/MGT4 Financial Accounting and MGT5 Managerial Accounting. MGT45 is an introductory accounting class created for students declaring the Business Minor at Rady. 

What accounting class should I take first?

It is highly recommended that students begin the accounting minor sequence with MGT4/ECON4: Financial Accounting and then take MGT5: Managerial Accounting.

Can I transfer lower-division courses from a community college to UCSD?

Lower-division transfer credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower-division courses required for the Accounting minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management. Students can review approximations of California Community College courses to UCSD lower-division courses on assist.org. 

*Please note: ECON/MGT 4 petitions must be sent to the Economics Department.

Can I transfer upper-division courses from abroad or another 4-year institution to the accounting minor?

A student can petition to take a course for the minor outside of UCSD from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management and get credit towards a class if the course is clearly equivalent in scope and content. Students who take a required upper-division accounting course outside of UCSD may use that course to waive or fulfill a course requirement. If the outside course does not appear on the student's academic history or does not meet the appropriate academic level, they may use the course to waive the requirement but must take an alternate accounting elective (see list above) to fulfill the missing units. Credit is not given until the student enrolls in and completes the make-up class. Note: UCSD Extension classes are professional level and certificate classes that are not part of the undergraduate degree-seeking curriculum at UCSD. Extension classes appear as zero units on a UCSD academic history.

Will I be able to fulfill the CPA exam and license requirements with an accounting minor?

The Accounting Minor may fulfill a portion of the CPA Educational Requirements. Students will need to take a handful of accounting courses in addition to accounting minor requirements. For more information about CPA requirements, visit our CPA Guide.

Can Rady perform an audit for CPA requirements?

Unfortunately, Rady is not able to complete an audit for you. However, we can review your self-assessment if you have any concerns about the courses in our program. For classes taken outside of UCSD, we are unable to evaluate whether a certain class can count or not. For more information about how to complete a self-assessment, visit our Self- Assessment Resource page.

What kind of job will I be able to get when I graduate with a minor in Accounting?

Accounting is one of the world's leading professions; as such, it is one of the most competitive professions to enter as well. The earning of a minor degree in accounting is an excellent start towards entrance into the profession. You will, however, be competing with students from across the country that has either majored in the study of accounting or have earned an advanced degree, such as a Master in Professional Accountancy (MPAc).

A more comprehensive level of study is demanded by the profession, especially for those who wish to earn their CPA. In 2014, the California Board of Accountancy fully integrated the protocols of the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA), and now requires all applicants for CPA licensure in California to have 150 semester hours or 225 quarter units of college credit and one year of accounting experience. This was long overdue as this requirement has been in place since 1983 in Florida.

Across the country, there is a clear pattern where the largest accounting firms recruit heavily from graduate schools. Although we are a young program, we expect our placement to track that of other UC MPAc programs in California that have placement rates, after graduation, is in excess of 90 %.

Your accounting minor will serve as a potential entrance into the Rady MPAc program. The Rady MPAc provides students a mix of core courses and electives to become a licensed CPA. The MPAc also provides a choice of electives that can tailor to specific interests such as audit, tax or advisory service lines.  The MPAc is designed to help students enter the profession and help them reach the upper echelons of the profession or become an expert in finance, taxation, auditing, and business. Enrollment in the MPAc program capacity is limited each year. Priority admission will be provided to students that earn a UCSD Accountancy Minor.

What is the campus recruiting cycle for global and national accounting firms?

The campus recruiting cycle for most accounting firms usually occurs one year in advance for internships and full-time positions. In many instances, your decision to shift focus and seek out an entry-level position in a public accounting firm will require you to commit to a curriculum by your junior year to be most competitive.

Internships

If you wish to apply for a summer internship, the recruiting process would likely occur in the previous fall quarter. In many instances, these internships will lead to an offer of a full-time position after graduation. Nationally, we see these highly coveted internship positions offered between your senior and graduate year of studies.

Leadership Programs

Many firms want to meet you even earlier. Those firms offer local summer leadership programs sometimes beginning as early as the summer before your junior year of study. Applications for these programs tend to be in your winter quarter.

Winter Internships

Lastly, some firms will offer winter internships. These programs provide the student with a great opportunity to experience working in a public accounting firm during their busy season.

Where can you learn more?

Join the AICPA. The AICPA is the largest professional association for CPAs in the country, spanning many areas of practice. It's Free. https://www.thiswaytocpa.com/join-AICPA/


Finance Minor FAQ

 This minor program will be launching Winter 2022. FAQ coming soon. 


Marketing Minor FAQ

 This minor program will be launching Winter 2022. FAQ coming soon. 


Business-Related Majors FAQ

I have a question about the requirements for my International Studies - International Business Major, can you help me?

Rady does not advising for the IS-IB major requirements. Any questions in regards to fulfilling program requirements should be directed to the International Studies Program. You can find information on their website or make an appointment with an advisor. For assistance planning your Rady courses and questions about enrollment in MGT courses, please send a message through the Virtual Advising Center. During your major planning process with your major advisor, we recommend you reference our tentative class schedule for our tentative class schedule for our tentative course offerings.

Where can I go for advising about the Business Psychology Major?

Rady does not advising for the Business Psychology major requirements. Any questions in regards to fulfilling program requirements should be directed to the Psychology department. You can find information on their website regarding their advising times. For assistance planning your Rady courses and questions about enrollment in MGT courses, please send a message through the Virtual Advising Center. During your major planning process with your major advisor, we recommend you reference our tentative class schedule for our tentative course offerings.

Where can I go for advising about the Business Economics Major?

Both Rady School Advisors and Economics Department Advisors can assist students with questions regarding the B.S. in Business Economics. For assistance planning your Rady courses and questions about enrollment in MGT courses, please send a message through the Virtual Advising Center. You may also schedule a time to meet with an Economics Department Advisor by visiting their website. During your major planning process with your major advisor, we recommend you reference our tentative class schedule for our tentative course offerings.

Can I declare a Rady minor with the business related major?

Due to curricular overlap, there are certain restrictions for combining a Rady minor with a business related major.
  • The IS International Business Major cannot be combined with a Business minor and Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor. 
  • The Business Psychology Major cannot be combined with the Business minor. 
  • The Business Economics Major cannot be declared with a Business minor.

I have completed all of my major requirements, but I don't have upper-division standing. Can I take Rady's Management Upper Division Courses (MGT 100+) for my major requirements?

Yes. Students who have 75+ in-progress or completed units are eligible to request enrollment into upper-division classes (MGT 100+) for the following quarter. You must meet all pre-requisites for the class enrollment requests and students can submit their request through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy). However, please remember that authorization will only be allowed if there is still space available in the course after junior, senior and priority students with upper-division standing have completed their enrollment.

I need to take a class to graduate, but it is full. Can you help me enroll?

Unfortunately, students are not able to bypass the wait list for a course to enroll. Oftentimes class sizes are limited by the sheer size of the room. If a particular course is required for graduation, students can submit a Rady Student Petition to request an exception to this policy.

I wish to enroll in a class for which I have not yet met the prerequisites. Can I bypass the requirements and/or take them concurrently?

Rady enforces prerequisites for all MGT courses. If there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from taking a prerequisite or if there is a different course that you believe should fulfill the prerequisite, you may submit a petition. Please note that these exceptions are rare and will be granted at the discretion of the department.

I am a transfer student and I have completed business courses at a community college level. Can I count any of these courses towards my business related major?

You can transfer in business classes from your community college that are equivalent in content as our lower-division courses at Rady. We highly recommend connecting with the home program advisor to discuss preparatory courses.

If you have taken courses that are similar to the courses listed above, please contact us to review your courses once you have enrolled as a UCSD student. Most Managerial Accounting classes have equivalencies that can be found on assist.org. If the course you completed is not on assist.org, please submit a student petition to request a review for equivalency.

Can I complete CPA requirements with an business related major?

CPA requirements are not about what your major is; instead, it is about what courses you have taken and if you have fulfilled the prerequisites for either the exam or the license. While Rady does not provide transcript review for CPA, we are happy to review your self-assessment and recommend courses that may help you fulfill your requirements. To learn more about the requirements visit our CPA Resource Page.

Can Rady review my Study Abroad classes for equivalency?

Rady will only review for direct equivalency and we will look for classes that cover the same core objectives and same academic rigor as our courses at UCSD. For equivalency review, please visit our Study Abroad page for instructions.

I am a prospective applicant for the business related major at UCSD. How can I make sure I take the pre-major requirements while I am in my Community College?

If you wish to get a head start with your business courses while you are enrolled in your community college, you may request a preliminary review of the course you will be taking. We highly recommend reaching out to the home department for information about pre-college courses. Please note that community college courses can only be considered as lower division, and they cannot count as equivalencies for MGT courses numbered 100 and above.

 

 

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