W. P. Carey School of Business Policies

The W. P. Carey School of Business is one of the largest and highest-ranked business schools in the country, repeatedly lauded by publications like The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The school is internationally regarded for its leadership in business education, its research productivity and its distinguished faculty that includes a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from all over the world, and among them are dozens of National Merit Scholars.

The school's academic choices are as diverse as they are abundant. Undergraduates can earn a BS in one of nine business disciplines or a BA that combines core business classes with a concentration outside the W. P. Carey school. Its programs of study reflect and respond to the demands of business and industry today and beyond, and the school has dedicated career placement services. The school is located in the heart of the fast-growing Phoenix metropolitan area, which provides opportunities for internships, employment, and networking, and its classes are offered on ASU's Tempe, Polytechnic, West campuses as well as online.

More information is available at wpcarey.asu.edu.

Academic Integrity

Academic Dishonesty

The faculty of the W. P. Carey School of Business follow the guidelines on academic dishonesty in the ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy. A copy of the policy may be obtained online.

The W. P. Carey School of Business honor code may be found online. Additional resources and information may be found at the W. P. Carey Academic Integrity website.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

Probation

All business students, freshman through senior, must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA for all courses completed at ASU in order to remain in academic good standing. If this standard is not maintained, the student is placed on university academic probation.

Students on university academic probation must see an advisor before further registration and must do one of the following:

  1. raise their ASU cumulative GPA to 2.00 or more in order to return to academic good standing
  2. obtain a semester GPA of 2.50 with no grade less than a "C" in order to be granted one additional semester on continued college probation, and at the end of the continued college probation must return to academic good standing (with a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00) to avoid disqualification

W. P. Carey Continued Probation: If a student’s ASU cumulative GPA is still less than 2.00 at the end of the probationary semester but the student has earned a semester GPA of 2.50 or greater with no grades less than “C”, the student will be placed on CONTINUED PROBATION in the subsequent semester. The student will then have only one more semester to raise the ASU cumulative GPA to 2.00 or greater.

ASU Continued Probation: If a student’s ASU cumulative GPA is still less than 2.00 at the end of the probationary semester but the student has earned a semester GPA of 2.00 or greater with no grades less than “C”, the student will be placed on CONTINUED PROBATION with ASU but will be INELIGIBLE to remain in W. P. Carey as a business student. The student will have to change to a major that is not offered through W. P. Carey.

Disqualification

A student who does not meet college probation requirements is academically disqualified and is not allowed to register in a fall or spring semester at the university. If the student has already enrolled in a future fall or spring semester, the student will be dropped from those courses and the registration will be cancelled. Disqualified students may attend ASU during the summer session only immediately following the semester in which the student is disqualified.

A disqualified student must wait for one year to apply for readmission to ASU, and if the student intends to return to the W. P. Carey School of Business they may do so only after completing the following eight skill courses (or equivalent) with a minimum 3.00 GPA and with no grade less than "C”: ACC 231/232, ACC 241/ 242, CIS 105, ECN 211, ECN 212, ECN 221, MAT 210, and MAT 211.

Disqualified students should contact their academic advisor immediately to determine what is needed to earn readmission to the university in the future.

Advising

W. P. Carey offers undergraduate program academic advising at the Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses. Students may find personalized advising information and may schedule appointments in advance through Advising SOS.

Students are encouraged to schedule appointments each semester to ensure they are making progress toward their degrees. Advising is required for:

  • newly admitted students, prior to enrollment for the first term (at orientation)
  • freshman students, prior to enrollment for the second term
  • seniors, upon completion of 87 or more credit hours
  • any student who is off track in regard to eAdvisor tracking requirements
  • any student who is on university academic probation
  • disqualified students interested in attending ASU in the future

Additional information regarding academic advising is available online or through the W. P. Carey School of Business undergraduate programs office at 480-965-4227.

Credit/Registration

Pass/Fail

Business majors may not enroll on a pass/fail basis for any course required for graduation. Pass/fail credits taken at another institution may be petitioned for use, but only if the student can demonstrate proof that the pass grade was equivalent to a "C" (2.00) or more.

Transfer Credit

Credit from other institutions is accepted subject to the following guidelines:

Students planning to take their first two years of coursework at a community college or another four-year college should plan to take business and economics courses that are offered as freshman- or sophomore-level courses for transfer equivalency as supported through the Transfer Credit Guide. Frequently, these lower-division courses are numbered 100 through 299, but can vary based on each transferring institution. A maximum of 30 hours of business and economics courses from community colleges are accepted toward a bachelor's degree in business, and are applied as lower-division credits.

Students may transfer up to nine credit hours of approved upper-division business coursework required for the business degree to ASU. Business courses completed at a two-year college may not be used for upper-division transfer credit in the business core or major. Such courses may be acceptable for general university credit but may not be applicable toward the degree requirements of the major. Courses taught in the upper-division business core must be completed at an accredited four-year institution. Upper-division business course transfer credits will be considered for upper-division business credit in the ASU major only when the course was taken at an AACSB International-accredited school.

Credit is granted for transferred courses deemed equivalent by the W. P. Carey School of Business to corresponding courses in the selected program of study and is subject to grade and ASU resident credit requirements. No grades less than “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) transfer to ASU. To be accepted for credit as part of a degree program in business, all courses transferred from other institutions must carry prerequisites similar to those of the courses they are replacing at ASU.

Degree Requirements

Critical Requirements

All business students must meet the critical requirements for their majors. Students who are required to follow eAdvisor tracking requirements yet do not comply with the critical requirements are considered off track, and a hold will be placed on their records. These students must work with an advisor to have the hold removed.

Undergraduates in the W. P. Carey School of Business are expected to be strong academically, especially with regard to grades earned in business courses. Careful course planning, in consultation with an academic advisor, will assist in maintaining satisfactory academic performance and progress.

Concurrent Degrees

ASU students not enrolled in a W. P. Carey School of Business degree program who wish to pursue a concurrent degree with the business school:

  • must be in good academic standing
  • must have completed 30 credit hours of college course work
  • must meet direct admission criteria for the degree program they wish to pursue

If direct admission requirements have been met, students should file a paper curriculum petition form to request the concurrent degree. Students who do not meet direct admission requirements for business degree programs must complete the Admission Portfolio and be admitted prior to filling out the curriculum petition form. Students are allowed a maximum of two concurrent degree request attempts.

Students currently enrolled in the W. P. Carey School of Business who wish to pursue concurrent degrees within the business school:

  • must be in good academic standing
  • must have completed 30 credit hours of college course work with a grade of “C” (2.00) or greater, including the following skill courses or the equivalents:
    • ACC 231 Uses of Accounting Information I
    • CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology
    • ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles OR
    • ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles
    • MAT 210 Brief Calculus
    • MAT 211 Math for Business Analysis
  • must have completed or currently be enrolled in the following courses or the equivalents:
    • ACC 241 Uses of Accounting Information II
    • ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles OR
    • ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles
    • ECN 221 Business Statistics

W. P. Carey students who meet the criteria shown above should submit a concurrent degree request. Review and submission times are on the website. W. P. Carey students are unable to change their major status after they are admitted to a concurrent degree program unless they submit a new concurrent degree request. The direct admission criteria only apply to a single major within W. P. Carey; students are not able to freely change majors within their concurrent degree or dual concentration combinations. Students are allowed two concurrent degree request attempts. Current W. P. Carey students wishing to pursue a concurrent degree outside of business should submit a paper curriculum petition form and receive approval from both colleges (e.g., finance and psychology).

Reinstatement/Readmission

Students seeking readmission after an absence from the university should visit the undergraduate readmission website for further information.

Other Special Requirements

Major Proficiency Requirements

Students must receive a grade of “C” (2.00) or more in upper-division courses for the major. If a student receives a grade less than “C” (2.00) in any course in the major, the course must be repeated. If a second grade less than “C” (2.00) is received in either an upper-division course in the major already taken or in a different upper-division course in the major, the student is no longer eligible to take additional upper-division courses in that major.

Student Appeal Procedure on Grades

W. P. Carey School of Business students follow the university policy for student appeal procedure on grades, which may be found online.

Admission

Because of the additional requirements for the BS, students who do not meet minimum admission standards will automatically be considered for the BA in the W. P. Carey School of Business. Freshman admission requirements for the BA program are the same as the university's freshman admission requirements. Transfer students who want to be admitted to the BA program must have a 3.00 GPA for all transfer course work and a 3.00 GPA for all ASU coursework and must meet university transfer admission requirements.

Graduate Policies

All graduate students in the W. P. Carey School of Business are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 ("B"). Students should see individual graduate degree programs for additional requirements on satisfactory academic progress, probation and disqualification.

Advising

Advising of graduate students is normally handled by graduate programs support service members. Once admitted, students will meet with a program manager to prepare a plan of study. Students are encouraged to begin discussions with their program managers early in their studies so course work can be geared toward supporting their academic progress. All students, whether in a thesis or nonthesis option, must file a plan of study.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the W. P. Carey School of Business.