College of Business and Economics

Apply to CBE

Admission to programs in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) is selective and based upon prior academic performance and other evidence of high promise. Students may apply for admission to the College anytime after they are offered admission to Western Washington University and have at least 45 credits.

How to Declare
Transfer Student Info
Declaration Applications
Major Status
Changing a Major
Advising
  • To Declare a Major in the College of Business and Economics

    To declare an Economics Major:
    Students must have a 2.50 cumulative college GPA (calculated using all college level course work) to declare a major in Economics. Because not all CBE foundation courses are required for the Economics Degree (with the exception of the Economics/Accounting major), the major requirements mentioned below do not apply to Economics Majors. Please check with the Economics Department for further information

    To declare all other CBE Majors/Concentrations:

    Students may apply to College of Business and Economics at any time if they have 45 or more credits and are in good academic standing. They will be assured of admission if space is available in the department program of choice. Students will be considered pre-majors until they successfully complete their foundation courses.

    Applying has the following benefits:

    • Students are assigned a pre-major advisor to ensure they are on track and informed of CBE policies
    • Students are assigned a faculty advisor for their area of study
    • Students are eligible to apply for CBE scholarships

    Pre-majors must maintain a minimum CBE GPA of 2.30. At the time they complete their foundation courses, if students have a cumulative college level GPA of 2.50 or a CBE foundation GPA of 2.75 (3.00 for MSCM), they will automatically become full majors. No additional application is required.

    Foundation Courses:

    Course Title
    MATH 157 Business Calculus
    ACCT 240 Financial Accounting
    ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting
    ECON 206 Intro to Microeconomics
    ECON 207 Intro to Macroeconomics
    DSCI 205 Business Statistics
    MGMT 271 Law and the Business Environmt
    MIS 220 Intro to Business Computer Systems or MIS 220 Test Out

    Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students must complete ten foundation courses (the eight CBE foundation courses listed above plus CHEM 121 and PHYS 114) with a cumulative foundation GPA of 3.00 or higher.



    Good academic standing at Western - 2.00 GPA calculated using all Western courses.
    Minimum CBE GPA - 2.30 GPA calculated using all CBE courses including Western Calculus. Students will be given one quarter to repair their CBE GPA, or be dropped from the college.
    Cumulative college GPA - 2.50 GPA calculated using all college level course work.
    CBE foundation GPA - 2.75 GPA calculated using the most recently completed foundation courses.

  • Transfer Student Information
      Western's Admissions Office maintains a list of Washington State community college and universities transfer equivalencies for foundation courses. Click here to view the list.

      If you would like business courses you have completed at other accredited institutions reviewed by the College of Business and Economics transfer committee to determine equivalency for use in your major, you will need to complete a transfer equivalency request. Be certain to attach an unofficial transcript and a syllabus for each course you would like to have reviewed.

      You do not need to complete a transfer equivalency request if the course is already on the approved list (see above). Please note that this process is additional to the transfer evaluation that the Admissions Office performs when you enter the University and should only be requested if a course or courses you think will count toward your major are not on the approved list.

      Once courses are reviewed, you will be contacted via email with results. If you are getting courses you have not yet completed approved, remember to submit an unofficial transcript reflecting your C- or better once you complete the course.

      Have questions? Email CBE's Pre-major Advisor, Teri Hall.
  • Declaring

    Students only need to apply once to the College of Business and Economics. As students progress through each major status (pre-major, provisional major and full-major), their record is automatically updated. Students who meet the requirements will be assured of admission if space is available in the department program of choice.

    Select a Link Below to Declare Your Major:

    Declaring a Minor:

    Our Frequently Asked Questions page contains helpful information regarding admission and registration procedures.

    Double Major/Concentration/Degree Procedure:

    • Download the Double Curriculum advising sheet.
    • Fill in the information at the top as well as the two majors/concentrations/degrees that you would like to pursue.
    • Proceed to each of the departments to receive advising and signatures.
    • Sign the form and drop it off at Parks Hall 419. If you are already a CBE major and are adding a second major, concentration or degree, do not fill out a new application. This form will suffice. If you haven't applied for admission, please follow all the steps above but submit the form with your application for admission.
  • Major Status
    • Pre-Major
      Pre-major status is granted to students who meet the admission requirements but have not yet completed all of the foundation courses. Pre-majors are assigned a pre-major advisor and a faculty advisor in their area of study, but may not yet register for courses that are restricted to majors.
    • Provisional Major
      Provisional major status is granted to students who are completing their last foundation course(s) and would be eligible for full major status upon successful completion of their current course work. Students with provisional major status may register for courses that are restricted to majors only. At the end of the quarter, each provisional major's record is reviewed to determine if the remaining foundation courses were successfully completed. If they were successfully completed, the student becomes a full major. If not, the student's registration in the restricted classes is canceled.
    • Full Major
      Full major status is granted to students who are in good academic standing with the University and meet one of the following GPA requirements with either: (1) a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the eight foundation courses; or (2) a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all college level course work, including any transfer work. Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students must complete ten foundation courses (eight CBE foundation courses plus CHEM 121 and PHYS 114) with a cumulative foundation course GPA of 3.00 or higher to be given full major status.
    • Information for College of Business and Economics Minors
      Students can obtain a minor in most CBE areas of study - check the webpages for each Academic Department for more specific information. To declare a Business Administration Minor, you must go to one of the following departments and complete a minor declaration card; Management, Decision Sciences, or Finance/Marketing. For all other minor declarations, please go to the department in which the minor is offered.
  • Changing Your Major

    If you are currently a pre-major or major in the College of Business and Economics (**Excluding Economics Majors**) and would like to change your major/concentration within the college, please submit a Major Change E-Sign Form.

    If you are a WWU student who is undeclared or a declared major in another college or you are a transfer student from another university/college, please submit a College of Business and Economics Admission Application.

    **Excluding Economics Majors**: If you would like to change your major, please contact the Economics Department in PH 315, Phone: (360) 650-3910, or Diane.Brearley@wwu.edu.

  • Advising in the College of Business and Economics

    If you have declared a major in CBE, please contact your faculty advisor or department manager for assistance.

    If you are a pre-major, or interested in becoming one, please contact Teri Hall at (360) 650-4140 or teri.hall@wwu.edu