Prospective Students

Prospective Students

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You can learn more about the College of Business and Economics application process below. If you would like to learn more about each area of study in the Decision Sciences, click on the links below.

Management Information Systems

Operations Management

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Business Analytics 

E-Commerce Developer Certificate 

Application Steps

Ready to get started? Follow the steps below to start your college career in the Department of Decision Sciences.

Students who are interested in the E-Commerce Developer Certificate should contact the Internet Studies Center for information on how to enroll in the certificate program. 

Internet Studies Center Page 

1. Apply for Admission to Western

All College of Business and Economics students must be admitted to Western before they can become a major, pre-major, or minor. To apply click on the link below. 

Apply to Western

2. Meet Pre-Major Requirements & Start Working on Foundation Courses

Application Requirements

Before applying to become a College of Business and Economics pre-major, you must meet several criteria including:
  • Sophomore standing (minimum of 45 completed college credits) 
  • Minimum of a 2.50 cumulative college-level GPA including all previous institutions.
  • Minimum of 2.30 cumulative GPA in all courses taken within the College of Business and Economics.
  • Students must have a WWU cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered in good academic standing with the University.

*The Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program has slightly different admission standards. For details visit the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management catalog page. 

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Catalog Page 

**The Operations Management concentration and the Management Information Systems concentration require an additional department review as a part of the application for full major status. The Business Analytics minor also requires an additional department review. For more information on the review process please for these programs click on the links below.  

Operations Management Page

Management Information Systems Page 

Business Analytics Minor Page 

Foundation Classes

Business foundation courses are required for all majors in the Department of Decision Sciences. You can start taking them your first quarter at Western. Foundation courses can also be taken at other schools and transferred to Western. There is more information on transferring courses to Western at the bottom of this page. For more information on foundation courses click the link below. 

Foundation Courses Planning Sheet

3. Apply to Become a Pre-Major or Major in the College of Business and Economics

You can find out more information about what it means to be a pre-major by reading the College of Business And Economics FAQ. The link to the FAQ is below.

College of Business and Economics FAQ

Application Process

The Western College of Business and Economics uses a web-based application for all majors, concentrations, and minors. Pre-major status is available if you meet the requirements listed above. For more information on the application process and links to the applications click on the link below. 

Apply to the College of Business and Economics

Students admitted as a pre-majors in the Department of Decision Sciences are not guaranteed full major status when they are eligible. Please visit the Moving from Pre-Major to Full Major â€‹page for more information on how to transition from pre-major to full major. 

Moving from Pre-Major to Full Major 

Application Deadlines

The College of Business & Economics has rolling admission for all programs except:

  • Business Administration - Operations Management Concentration (Full Major)
  • Business Administration - Management Information Systems Concentration (Full Major)
  • Business Analytics Minor

To be considered for admission to one of the programs listed above applications must be submitted by the quarterly application deadline. To view the current deadlines please click on the link below. 

Application Deadlines

4. Meet With Your Advisor

Pre-major, full major and minor students are assigned a faculty advisor for their program. For more advising information, including downloadable plans of study, visit the Current Students page.

Current Students Page 

5. Complete General University Requirements (GUR)

In order to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Western you will need to complete General University Requirements (GURs). Some GURs can be waived with AP credits that were earned in high school or transfer credits. Be sure to contact the Academic Advising Center to discuss individual situations.

Academic Advising Center Contact Page

Business courses which qualify as GURs are designated by the appropriate attribute (ACOM, BCOM, CCOM, QSR, HUM, SSC, ACGM, BCGM, LSCI, or SCI) in the online Classfinder or Timetable. For a full list of GUR courses and requirements please consult the GUR page in the course catalog. 

Classfinder Link  

Timetable Link

GUR Course Catalog page 

Additional Information

Transferring Business Courses to Western

Use the links below to see how courses completed at other schools will transfer to Western. If you would like business courses you have completed at accredited institutions outside Washington state reviewed for use in your major/concentration/minor, you will need to follow the process described on the bottom of the Transfer Students page.

All Transfer Students: Transfer Students Page

Current Western Students: Transfer Equivalency Report

Prospective Western Students: Western Course Equivalency Guide 

Foundation Course Testing

If you have advanced math or business software skills it may be possible for you to test out of MATH 157 or MIS 220.

Math 157 Testing
MIS 220 Testing

Professional Skills

How to Write Professional Emails
Time Management

Contact Information

Talisa Manker
Academic Department Manager
Parks Hall 343
Phone: (360) 650-3902