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McIntire School of Commerce

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General Information

The McIntire School of Commerce offers a professional program that includes the study of the fundamental disciplines underlying the management of organizations. Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, believed a liberal arts education was key to a successful professional career. In keeping with that tradition, students spend the first two years of undergraduate work combining liberal arts and business prerequisite courses.

The McIntire School prepares students for an array of future opportunities, including graduate and professional school. Part of that preparation is the emphasis on integrative group projects and the case method of instruction, in which students analyze complex business situations. The thousands of alumni who enjoy prominent positions throughout the world, as well as the school’s national ranking evidence the success of the McIntire program and reputation the school has achieved.


The University of Virginia was one of the first institutions in the United States to introduce the subject matter of economics into its curriculum. Since the University’s first session in 1825, courses of study in this field have been available.

It was not until 1906 that the School of Economics was established as a separate unit within the College of Arts & Sciences. In 1920, a division of business administration was created in the James Wilson School of Economics. In 1921, a donation from alumnus Paul Goodloe McIntire made it possible to establish the McIntire School of Commerce and Business Administration. For the next 31 years the McIntire School operated as a distinct division of the College of Arts & Sciences, but its work was closely integrated with the James Wilson School of Economics. In 1952, the University’s Board of Visitors approved the establishment of the McIntire School as a professional school to be administered as a separate unit of the University, distinct from the College of Arts & Sciences.

The McIntire School was elected to membership in the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business in 1925. In 1981, the school became accredited to offer programs at the graduate level as well as the undergraduate level. Accreditation is offered only to those schools that meet the strict academic standards and program requirements prescribed by the AACSB. In 1982, the school became one of the initial 13 schools in the nation to have both its undergraduate and graduate accounting programs accredited under new AACSB standards for the separate accreditation of accounting programs. All McIntire programs received accreditation by the AACSB in 1994.

The School Today

The McIntire School is a separate division of the University in the same sense as are the schools of Architecture, Graduate Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. The McIntire School confers the Bachelor of Science in Commerce and offers Master of Science degrees in Accounting, Commerce, and Management of Information Technology. The bachelor’s degree is conferred after a four-year program of studies in which the first two years are spent in another college or university in courses approved by the McIntire School.

There are approximately 650 undergraduate students enrolled in the School and 60 faculty members. With few exceptions, students find average class enrollments to be approximately 40 to 45 students per section. Many opportunities for student-faculty interaction ensure that the student at the McIntire School will receive highly individualized instruction.

McIntire graduates pursue a variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities throughout the United States. McIntire alumni enter such fields as accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology, and marketing. They are employed in roles in such diverse work settings as investment and corporate banking, public accounting, manufacturing, advertising, retailing, consulting, government, and real estate. The positions and responsibilities commanded by graduating McIntire students consistently rank at the top for the nation’s leading undergraduate schools of business.

Endowed Chairs: The endowed chair or professorship is the highest honor and rank that can be obtained in academic life. The accomplishment of a distinguished academician is recognized when he or she is named to an endowed professorship. The availability of endowed chairs and professorships makes it possible for the McIntire School to attract and retain eminent teachers and scholars in the disciplines of commerce. McIntire currently has over 16 endowed chairs.

Research Programs: Ongoing research is an important way for faculty members to keep abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines and contribute to the advancement of knowledge. Faculty research is supported through the funding of summer research grants and periodic leaves. Other forms of support include the establishment of research professorships, available to faculty members at all ranks, and research opportunities through the Center for the Management of Information Technology, the McIntire Center for Financial Innovation, the Center for Growth Enterprises, and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Innovation in Professional Services. McIntire currently has over 20 research fellowships and professorships that help fund faculty research.


McIntire School of Commerce 
University of Virginia
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173
(434) 924-3865


The School is located on the central Grounds of the University, in Rouss & Robertson Halls.

The 132,000-square-foot Robertson Hall adjoins historic Rouss Hall, creating a 156,000-square-foot academic complex on the Lawn. Besides making use of the latest technologies, Robertson & Rouss Halls were meticulously designed by Washington, D.C.-based Hartman-Cox Architects to be especially conducive to community, interdisciplinary learning, and faculty-student interaction. The complex has 15 group-study rooms for students, a reading facility, a variety of meeting spaces, multiple conference rooms, a suite for student clubs, and four technology centers. A number of the classrooms are specifically designated for interdisciplinary coursework.

Robertson Hall also features an attractive, environmentally friendly “green” roof, designed to allow the planting of sedum, a low-growing garden plant that needs little water and acts as a natural insulator.

Activities and Organizations

Alpha Kappa Psi, the first professional fraternity in commerce, has the following objectives: to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounting, and finance; to educate the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals therein; and to promote and advance in institutions of collegiate rank courses leading to degrees in business administration. Members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing and promise of achievement in business.

Advertising and Marketing Association provides students with the opportunity to learn about the advertising and marketing industries, as well as career paths in various areas of marketing through speakers, panels, and other events throughout the year. Within AMA is the U.Va. chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Each year, AAF participates in a nationwide intercollegiate case competition that offers the opportunity to apply classroom theory in the development of an actual ad campaign, including research, total media plan, and creative planning and execution. All interested students are welcome to participate.

Beta Alpha Psi, a national professional honorary organization, recognizes the scholastic outstanding academic achievement in the field of  financial information and sponsors programs that assist in the development of all students enrolled in the Accounting, Finance, and MIT concentrations. Invitations to membership are extended to qualified third- and fourth-year students.

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honorary society whose purpose is to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of commerce and business administration. Third- and fourth-year Commerce students ranking in the highest 7 and 10 percent, respectively, of their class are eligible.

The Black Student Network at McIntire provides black pre-Commerce and Commerce students with the necessary support and resources to ensure their success at the McIntire School of Commerce.

The Commerce Council represents and supports undergraduate students in the McIntire School of Commerce by hosting and coordinating service and social events, outreach activities, and the Commerce Guides program.

The Consulting Group educates students about various careers in consulting by working in real-life consulting situations and offering workshops to help students learn and refine case interview techniques. The Consulting Group co-hosts a consulting case competition annully in the spring semester.

The Entrepreneurship Group at McIntire aims to create an atmosphere allowing students to cultivate their entrepreneurial plans through interaction with like-minded peers, professors, and established entrepreneurs. Members are provided guidance into the entrepreneurial field through group facilitation, business plan presentations, and participation in entrepreneurial competitions.

Global Connect at McIntire is a network of international and exchange students within the Commerce School. Global Connect aims to establish an international alumni network for students and alumni to share information on jobs and careers in their chosen field. The organization will also provide mentoring and educational support for McIntire students who plan to participate in exchange programs or other initiatives abroad.

The Graduate Commerce (GCOM) Council exists to enhance the experience of all students enrolled in the McIntire School’s master’s programs. The GCOM Council sponsors educational, social, community, and cultural activities. The council also builds a sense of community among McIntire graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration while also facilitating interactions with the Charlottesville community. The GCOM Council’s programs and events are designed to intentionally facilitate networking and professional development opportunities for graduate students. The community that is built among graduate students is intended to last beyond their tenure at the University. There are two branches of the GCOM Council; an M.S. in Accounting branch and an M.S. in Commerce branch. Each GCOM Council branch elects five officers, making a comprised leadership group of two co-chairs and eight officers. Each program nominates and elects its respective officers on an annual basis.

McIntire Investment Institute one of the few student-run investment institutes in the nation, was started in 1994 with a $100,000 gift from John Griffin (McIntire ’85).  Its purpose is to teach students about investing by using real money; students handle all investment decisions. Participation in the institute is open to any student at the University.

The Oceanus  Alternative Investments Club trains highly-talented UVa students to be qualified investment professionals in the asset management industry. Oceanus aims to provide market neutral absolute returns by conducting thorough research, rigorous risk management, and efficient asset allocation. With such performance, we intend to place club members in top notch funds within the asset management industry.

The Sales & Trading Group explores sales and trading through extensive simulations, financial models, and mathematical analyses. It offers members the opportunity to attain an in-depth understanding of sales and trading models.

Socially Responsible Investment Organization (SRIO) strives to introduce University students to socially responsible investing, and explore the role of corporate social responsibility in the modern business world. SRIO endeavors to create a forum through which students can interact and network with professionals within the socially responsible investment community as well as with each other. Members of this organization strive to educate students, raise awareness, and build relationships between socially responsibly investment firms and University students

Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) strives to assist NGOs worldwide by providing consulting services that incorporate best practices to help them achieve a greater level of efficiency. In doing so, SEED aims to help foster development in local communities and facilitate the efforts of budding social entrepreneurs at the University of Virginia.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) assists small and medium businesses in emerging markets by providing educational support to help them realize corporate social responsibility practices and better position themselves for development, SIFE aims to provide students at the University of Vi8rginia with leadership experience and networking opportunities through our international organization. *As a new organization, SIFE is  a provisional-status group until spring 2011.

The Women’s Business Forum at McIntire provides an open forum to discuss issues that are unique to gender and to explore the challenges faced in work and family relationships. The group is open to all interested students.

Awards, Honors, and Scholarships

Scholarships There are no scholarships for which newly admitted students can apply. Students whose families qualify for financial aid are automatically considered for certain scholarships as part of their aid package through University Student Financial Services. Regardless of financial need status, enrolled students who can demonstrate satisfactory progress toward their degrees have the opportunity to apply for a number of corporate or endowed scholarships. These have specific restrictions, such as GPA, major field, academic level, intended area of employment, geographic location, and demonstrated leadership. The scholarship application process is publicized to third year students in early spring. Awards are generally selected by a faculty committee and awarded to graduating students during Final Exercises.

The J. Schuyler Alland Scholarship, established by Sky Alland Research Inc. and friends of J. Schuyler Alland (COM ‘79), is awarded annually to a fourth-year student who demonstrates leadership and entrepreneurial abilities.

The Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Key is awarded annually by the Alpha of Virginia Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi to the McIntire student who attains the highest scholastic average for the first three semesters of collegiate work in the school.

Andersen and Company Endowment provides support to undergraduate and graduate accounting students.

Accenture Alumni Endowment provides support at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students in the information technology area.

The Harold N. Armstrong Scholarship was established by Mrs. Mary Armstrong to honor the memory of her husband and is distributed on the basis of financial need.

The Bank of America Endowed Scholarship, established by NationsBank Virginia, provides scholarships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students in the McIntire School.

The Madhu Chopra Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Madhu Chopra (COM ‘89). It is awarded to a Madison House volunteer who exhibits qualities of personableness, enthusiasm, and dedication.

The Madhu Chopra Writing Contest was created to honor the memory of Madhu Chopra (COM ‘89) and to give McIntire students the opportunity to reflect creatively on their own lives.

The Contest in Effective Oral Presentation of Business Problems is sponsored by Beta Gamma Sigma; an alumnus donates an annual prize.

The Joseph R. Daniel Scholarship provides tuition assistance to a rising fourth-year student demonstrating financial need.

The Dean’s List of Distinguished Students includes any student who has passed at least 15 credits of graded work in the preceding semester, of which nine or more credits are Commerce courses, without failure in any course, and with a grade point average in the top 20 percent of the school. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the 15-credit minimum. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester is not eligible to be on the Dean’s List.

Louis F. and Ruth D. DeMouy Scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing who has worked to pay for a portion of academic expenses and demonstrates financial need.

Diploma with Distinction Diplomas inscribed “with distinction” are awarded to Bachelor of Science in Commerce students who have a grade point average in the top 15 percent of the class based on work completed while enrolled in the school.

The Thomas P. Duke Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Thomas Duke to benefit third and fourth year finance students.

The Farwell Distinguished Achievement Award was established by F. Evans Farwell, a 1929 alumnus of the McIntire School, and is given to the McIntire student demonstrating the greatest academic progress while enrolled in the school.

The Charles A. Ferguson Scholarship is awarded by Ferguson Enterprises in memory of company founder and University alumnus Charles Ferguson. Selection for the award is based upon character, industry, scholastic achievement, and demonstrated financial need.

The Kevin Owen Ferrish Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Comm Alum Kevin Ferrish to benefit Commerce students demonstrating financial need.

The Peggy Goldsmith Scholarship is awarded to a rising fourth-year student with a concentration in finance that shows promise for a financial services career.

The Mark Boice Germain Scholarships are given in memory of Mark Boice Germain, an alumnus of the McIntire School. The scholarships recognize academic merit, character, and leadership.

The Joseph Goldsten Distinguished Award in Finance is given in honor of a University alumnus to a student who shows the most promise for a career in finance.

The Hantzmon Wiebel McIntire Scholarship is given to a rising third and fourth-year student(s) who transferred from a Virginia Community College and who is concentrating in accounting and has ties to the local area.

The Walter Hill, Jr., Scholarship was established to honor Walter Hill, Jr., and is awarded on the basis of financial need, scholastic merit and entrepreneurial qualities.

The C.L.H. Howard Scholarship is given annually to a deserving McIntire student who is a member of the Sigma Phi Society. The award is made on the basis of merit and need.

The Henry C. Hurt Scholarship, given in memory of a University of Virginia alumnus, is presented to a rising fourth-year finance student who has exhibited excellence in leadership and scholarship.

Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs Scholarship is awarded annually to a student chosen from those who have completed the associate degree program at a Virginia community college and are currently enrolled in the accounting program at the McIntire School.

The Warwick D. Johnston Scholarship is given by Mr. Johnston (COM ‘49) and is awarded annually to an outstanding Commerce student.

The Harold G. Leggett Scholarship is awarded to a marketing student on the basis of character, industry, ability, and demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen from a trading area where Belk (formerly Leggett) stores are operated.

The Mary and Daniel Loughran Scholarship is awarded annually to McIntire students on the basis of financial need and achievement.

The Edmund and Catherine Wade MacDonald Scholarships are awarded to McIntire students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need.

The McIntire Faculty Award is presented to a graduating McIntire student when, in the faculty’s judgment, the student has demonstrated truly exceptional leadership qualities and a sense of social responsibility that reflect credit upon the school, the University, and the Commonwealth.

The Joseph Miniotas Communication Scholars Fund was established to honor the memory of Joseph Miniotas (COM ‘96). A limited number of fourth-year students are selected as scholars based upon their demonstration of outstanding communication skills; these students serve to assist other McIntire students with the development of communication skills.

The Modell Family Scholarship is awarded to fourth-year student(s) on the basis of leadership and a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial activities.

The NAA Carman G. Blough Award honors an undergraduate selected by the accounting faculty based on total undergraduate grade point average and an evaluation of the individual’s prospects for success in the field of accounting.

The Henry R. Odell Award is presented annually to a fourth-year student in the management concentration who has shown academic excellence, unusual promise in the field of management, and significant leadership contributions to the school and University.

The William F. O’Dell Distinguished Award in Marketing honors Mr. William F. O’Dell, a former distinguished member of the McIntire School of Commerce faculty, a past president of the American Marketing Association, and founder of Market Facts Inc. The award is presented annually to an outstanding marketing student, as determined by grade point average, extracurricular activities, leadership, and dedication to the school and the University.

The Alice Toomer Parrish Oldfield and Edward Charles Oldfield, Sr., Scholarship may be awarded to a student entering his or her first year in the McIntire School of Commerce for their third and fourth year.

The Colonel Richard A. and Kathryn A. Raichlen Scholarship was established with a bequest from the Raichlens to benefit students in the McIntire School of Commerce.

The Ginny Rettig Award was established to honor Virginia “Ginny” Rettig (COM ‘00) by her family and friends. The fund supports the “Advertising Campaigns” program at the McIntire School, and each year the Ginny Rettig Award will be given to an outstanding team member in the Marketing program nominated by fourth-year class members.

The Walter B. Salley Scholarship is given to an outstanding accounting student in memory of a distinguished faculty member.

The Schade Family Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student based upon financial need and scholastic merit. The Schade Family Endowment funds the scholarship.

The William G. and Leila S. Shenkir Scholarship is awarded to a fourth-year student on the basis of merit and need. The Raymond Moskow family established it in honor of the Shenkirs.

The William M. Shermet Scholarship is given in memory of William M. Shermet, an alumnus of the McIntire School. The scholarship recognizes a truly outstanding fourth-year student and is awarded on the basis of merit.

The Shrier Family Scholarship is awarded to rising fourth-year commerce students with financial need. The Shrier Family Scholarship Fund provides the scholarship.

The Thomas I. Storrs Scholarship is given by NCNB in honor of their chairman, Thomas I. Storrs, to a McIntire student who exhibits qualities of scholarship and leadership that will make him or her an effective businessperson and humanitarian.

The David W. Thompson Award is given in honor of a retired faculty member to a graduating accounting student judged to have the most promise for contribution to the accounting profession.

The David W. Thompson Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding accounting student during the fourth year.

The Tomasson Scholarship is awarded annually to McIntire students on the basis of financial need and achievement.

The Virginia Society of CPAs Award honors a student in accounting. The recipient is selected by the accounting faculty based on the student’s total undergraduate grade point average and an evaluation of the individual’s prospects for success in the accounting profession.

The Wachovia Bank, Inc. Scholarship is awarded to a rising fourth-year finance or marketing student on the basis of academic excellence.

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, established by the Educational Service Bureau to honor students demonstrating overall academic excellence, is given annually to an outstanding fourth-year student.

The George Wasserman Distinguished Award in Marketing and Management is given to a student who shows the most promise for a career in marketing management or sales management.

Academic Rules and Regulations

Add/Drop Rules Students who wish to appeal penalties attached to missed deadlines must petition the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee. Changes in students’ class schedules are made via SIS.

Attendance Students are expected to attend all lectures and other prescribed activities of the courses for which they are registered. Although the course instructor sets course attendance requirements, any student who is absent from more than 50 percent of the lectures may automatically receive a grade of F in that course.

Consistent with the UVa Undergraduate Record, unless otherwise notified by the instructor, students enrolled in all Commerce School undergraduate classes are required to attend every scheduled class and to arrive on time prepared for the class. If you are unable to attend class for any reason, including illness, you must notify your instructor in advance of the class in order to be considered for an excused absence. If you believe that you have an illness or are developing an illness (i.e., have symptoms such as fever, aches, or a cough), you should request an excused absence from your instructor. In courses where class participation represents a portion of the course grade, the instructor has complete discretion to assign the class participation grade that s/he decides is appropriate in the event of an excused absence.

Policy on Audio and Video Taping and Distribution of Class Materials  The general policy of the McIntire School is to prohibit audio and video recording of classroom lectures and discussions. Audio and video recording are only allowed under special circumstances (e.g., students with documented disabilities) and only with the prior written permission of the instructor.

Any audio or video recording or all other class materials handed out in class or posted to websites such as Blackboard, or COLLAB may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the class. Public distribution of such materials may constitute copyright infringement. Unauthorized use of class notes or recordings may subject an individual to University Honor, Judicial charges, and/or legal action.

Concentrations Students may concentrate in two disciplines, in which case the requirements for both must be satisfied.  Generally, a single course may not be counted simultaneously for credit in dual concentrations.  However, students concentrating in finance and accounting may count COMM 3110 toward satisfying requirements for both concentrations.  However, the credits may not be double counted toward the 120 credit degree requirement.  The McIntire School of Commerce, due to resources, can guarantee the fulfillment of only one concentration, but will work to assist students wishing to pursue dual concentrations.  There is no triple concentration.

Course Completion No 4000-level Commerce courses may be taken prior to satisfactory completion of all required third-year core courses except with instructor permission (except COMM 4200 is recommended for third year students but may be taken in the fourth year).

Course Restrictions Commerce students may take no more than one credit of physical education or one credit of EDHS physical education-related courses as part of their 120-credit course of study. See Credit/No Credit Courses.

Course Credit Requirements (Semester) Students in the third-year curriculum are required to register for 15 credits. A student may register for three more credits than were passed the preceding semester, up to 21 total credits.

A degree candidate needing 27 or fewer credits to meet degree requirements may, in either of the last two semesters of candidacy, carry as few as 12 credits (one semester) or 13.5 credits (both semesters). However, any student carrying fewer than 15 credits is not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Credit/No Credit Courses Courses taken CR/NC cannot be used to satisfy any McIntire School requirement (except 1 credit of PHYE can be used towards the 120-credit requirement). Courses taken on a CR/NC basis before entering the McIntire School may be applied toward a student’s degree requirements. After enrollment in the school, students may take non-Commerce courses on a CR/NC basis as part of the 120-credit requirement for graduation. Courses may be taken CR/NC only on an overload basis (i.e., above the minimum 15 credit graded course load) and may not be used to satisfy any McIntire requirements. Except labs offered only CR/NC, Commerce courses may not be taken on a CR/NC basis.

Dean’s List Students who pass at least 15 credits of graded work in the preceding semester, of which nine or more credits are Commerce courses, with a GPA in the top 20 percent of the school, will be placed on the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the 15-credit minimum. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester is not eligible to be on the Dean’s List.

Residency Requirement It is the philosophy of the McIntire School of Commerce that students should be broadly educated to deal with the complex issues of the business community and society at large. The school’s program is designed to increase students’ skills and build upon previous knowledge. In order to effectively achieve program goals, the school requires that students be enrolled full-time for two academic years and complete a minimum of 57 credits. Students are also required to complete all core, concentration, and elective Commerce courses at the McIntire School of Commerce (see Study Abroad section). In addition, students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia. Exceptions to this policy must be submitted to, and approved by, the McIntire Rules Committee.

Diploma with Distinction Diplomas inscribed with “distinction are awarded to undergraduate Commerce students who have a grade point average in the top 15 percent of the class based on all graded coursework completed while enrolled in the school.

Examinations Absence from exams will not be excused except for sickness on the day of examination attested by a physician’s certificate or for another cause approved by the faculty. An unexcused absence is counted as a failure.

Special examinations may be taken by a student with an excused absence on a date to be arranged with the course instructor.

Exclusion from Courses Any student who is making no real progress in a course may, at any time during the semester, be excluded from the course (with a grade of F) by the dean upon recommendation of the course instructor.

Grade Changes No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to UREG (University Registrar) without the approval of the dean. The dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to UREG (University Registrar) except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted.

Students who wish to appeal a Commerce grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be in writing and filed within 30 days of the first class day of the following semester. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student should submit a written appeal to the associate dean of the B.S. in Commerce Degree Program, who will review the matter and consult with the Undergraduate Program Committee. The final level of appeal is to the dean of the McIntire School.

Incompletes The symbol IN (incomplete) is used when additional course work is required or examinations need to be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. An IN automatically becomes an F ten days after the final examination date, unless work in the course is completed satisfactorily within that time or arrangements have been made with both the associate dean for student services and the instructor for work to be made up later.

Leave of Absence Upon successful completion of any semester in the McIntire School, a Commerce student may take a leave of absence for a year or more by meeting with the associate dean for student services and filing a leave of absence form in Room 311, Rouss/Robertson Hall. Students taking such leave may normally return only in the academic semester that follows the completed semester (e.g., a student who takes a leave after the fall semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester). Students must complete a Leave of Absence form. There are two options from which to choose: LDN (leave, domestic, not for credit) or LDC (leave, domestic, for credit). Students who pay the Leave of Absence fee have “on academic leave” entered on their permanent academic record. Students who do not complete the form are classified as “failed to return”.

Readmission depends upon a student’s status at the time of leaving the McIntire School. Students having at least a 2.000 average in the McIntire School, who are making satisfactory progress toward their degree, may return in the appropriate semester as stated above. Students with less than a 2.000 average or who have not been making satisfactory progress toward their degree (e.g., they have not completed or passed courses required at the level attained when they requested the leave of absence) may be required by the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School to attend the University’s summer session to take prescribed courses before readmission.

Any student who wishes to be readmitted after a leave of absence must submit a readmission request to the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Major/Minor Outside McIntire Commerce students may pursue one major and/or one minor in the College of Arts & Sciences or other UVa school outside of Commerce. Students may not declare two minors, but they may declare a major and a minor. Courses may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of a major or minor. Prior permission must be obtained from the chair or director of undergraduate programs of the department in which the student is seeking the major or minor.

In pursuing the above, students do not receive two degrees from the University. They receive a B.S. in Commerce.  Concentration, major and/or minor status is reflected on student transcripts.

Students are responsible for completing the major or minor form from the appropriate department and for obtaining the signature of the chair or director of that program. Forms must be submitted to the director of student information and records of the McIntire School, who monitors the satisfactory completion of requirements.

Physical Education See Course Restrictions.

Probation is a state of warning involving the withdrawal of certain privileges from the student. No student on probation may be a member of any organization that publicly represents the University. Probation is incurred when a student:

  1. passes fewer than 12 credits or earns less than a 2.000 grade point average in any one semester; or
  2. carries fewer than 15 credits of graded work per semester without permission; or
  3. after two or more semesters in the McIntire School, has a grade point deficiency exceeding nine grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University.

Probation shall last for one semester under (1) above and for so long as the grade point deficiency exceeds nine grade points (under3). Students are not usually removed from probation by attending summer school. However, if summer school work completely eliminates a grade point deficiency, the Rules Committee of the McIntire School will consider a petition for removal from probation.

Students placed on probation for work completed in the semester preceding graduation will not be allowed to graduate.

Repeating Courses No course, once passed (D- or better), can be repeated to improve the recorded grade.

Required Courses See Degree Requirements.

Study Abroad Participation in study abroad enhances the academic program and provides a unique opportunity to experience another culture and function professionally in an international business environment. Students wishing to study abroad should visit the International Studies Office in Minor Hall, the McIntire Student Services Office and the McIntire Director of International Affairs to explore the various opportunities available. Several spring semester programs exist that allow students to study abroad with other Commerce students and faculty members and complete the third-year core requirements. Students should also consider the summer between the third and fourth year and the fall semester of the fourth year as other good periods to study abroad.

For students who are studying abroad on a McIntire-approved program, the credits transferred from one study abroad semester will be included in the McIntire 57-credit residency requirement. However, students must fulfill the University’s residency requirement - students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia.

Students must enroll for their first semester and at least one additional semester at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and complete no fewer than thirty credits. To study abroad, students must be in academic good standing and have a cumulative GPA at U.Va. of no less than 3.000 at the point of application to study abroad.

Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the University and may be issued whenever a student:

  1. passes fewer than nine credits or earns less than a 1.800 grade point average in one semester; or
  2. after two or more semesters in the McIntire School, has a cumulative grade point deficiency in excess of 12 grade points, either in all Commerce courses attempted or in all courses attempted at the University; or
  3. incurs probation for the third time; or
  4. incurs probation after a suspension.

Suspension normally lasts for one academic year. Suspended students may normally return only in the academic semester that follows the last successfully completed semester (e.g., a student suspended after the spring semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester).

Additionally, a student who has been suspended only once must normally attend a full-time program at the University of Virginia summer session to make up grade point deficiencies. Upon completion of this program, the student may apply to the McIntire Rules Committee for readmission. The application for readmission is to be submitted to the Rules Committee through the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School. Readmission is not automatic. A student who is readmitted after suspension is placed on a probationary status for a period of one semester. No student who is suspended a second time will be readmitted.

Transfer Credit Credit toward a degree is allowed for approved work completed in another college or university, or in other schools of this University upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. The School of Commerce grants transfer credit based on an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the courses taken, the applicability of the courses to the student’s intended major and degree program, the quality of the student’s performance in the course, and the accreditation of the institution at which the course work was completed. However, no credit will be given for a required upper-level Commerce course unless the course is taken in the McIntire School or an approved McIntire study-abroad program. In no case will the total transfer credit granted toward a degree in the McIntire School of Commerce be more than 63 credits. Students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia. No adjustment of transfer credit for prior course work will be made after the first semester in the school. (See Transfer Credit in the University Regulations section.) Students wishing to transfer credit for course work taken after enrollment in the school must receive prior approval from the associate dean for student services. In general, credit will not be granted for:

  1. work completed with grade lower than C;
  2. business courses beyond the elementary courses in accounting and principles of economics; or
  3. more than one credit of physical or health education courses.

Voluntary Withdrawal An official application to withdraw from the University must be submitted to the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School. The application must state the reason for withdrawal and must be approved in writing by the dean of the McIntire School or a designated representative.

The application must be endorsed by the dean of students (second floor, Peabody Hall). The completed withdrawal must be deposited with the dean of students at the time of withdrawal.

A student who withdraws for reasons of ill health must obtain medical clearance from the Department of Student Health prior to readmission.

Failure to comply with these regulations will subject a student to suspension from the University by the vice president for student affairs.

Any student who withdraws without having obtained permission is recorded as having been suspended.

A Commerce student who withdraws during the first semester in the McIntire School (fall semester, third year) will not be guaranteed readmission to the school. 

Any Commerce student who subsequently wishes to re-enroll must submit a written request for readmission to the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Commerce students may return only in the academic semester that follows the student’s last successfully completed academic semester. For example, a student who withdraws during the spring semester, third year, must re-enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester. Readmission is not automatic and depends upon the student’s performance at the time of withdrawal.

Enforced Withdrawal The faculty of the McIntire School may impose enforced withdrawal when a student exhibits habitual delinquency in class or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purposes implied by registration at the University.

Enforced withdrawal may also be imposed for failure to comply with University pre-entrance health requirements or for failure to obtain medical leave or medical withdrawal in the case of repeated or prolonged absence from class as a result of illness.

Specialized Programs

McIntire Business Institute (MBI) was founded in 1982. This program gives holders of non-business degrees a working knowledge of business practices. This intensive summer program provides a sound preparation for entry into the world of business and industry. It is an attractive way for persons considering a graduate business degree to take a firsthand look at business studies before committing to a two-year program. 

Executive Education Programs An important aspect of the McIntire School’s mission is serving the continuing education needs of the private and public sectors. The area of executive business education has been growing rapidly in recent years; businesses have realized the importance of keeping their managers exposed to the latest management concepts and developments. The McIntire School of Commerce seeks to address these education needs through the following types of programs:

Customized Executive Education Programs The McIntire School works closely with individual firms and organizations in custom designing and presenting programs to meet their unique needs.

Sponsored Lectures and Seminars This program encourages an exchange of ideas among business, banking, and government leaders through a continuing series of lectures, seminars, conferences, and workshops.


The McIntire Center for Financial Innovation advances our understanding of finance through research and programs focused on corporate finance and capital markets. It encourages the development of high-quality research and education that can ultimately benefit finance practitioners and students. The center also seeks to promote the collaboration of faculty and executives, including alumni, both in and out of the classroom. In the process, world-class scholars and practitioners team up to pursue and communicate new insights into the workings of financial markets.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Innovation in Professional Services seeks to advance the collective knowledge of professional services in three integrated ways: by sponsoring small, faculty-driven, student centric programs throughout the academic year, which are integrated into the McIntire curriculum, required for students, and open to all University members; by actively engaging students, faculty, and targeted practitioners interested in sharing ideas on best practices within professional services through these student-centric programs; and by disseminating program outcomes and other relevant content to a broader audience.

The Center for Growth Enterprises serves to advance the understanding of growth companies and to create a world-class program focused on the strategic, finance, and management issues associated with growth enterprises and the factors that drive wealth-creating organizations and economic expansion. The Center sponsors two speaker series, “Money Talks” and “Conversations on the Lawn,” as well as the School’s annual symposia and fall forums.

The Center for the Management of Information Technology promotes research and education on topics related to the management and application of information technology within organizations. To this end, the center functions as the nexus for an interdisciplinary network of practitioners and academicians.  CMIT objectives include:

• To research the development, implementation, and utilization of information systems and technology in organizations;
• To promote interaction between practitioners and the academic community;
• To facilitate the continuing education and development of faculty;
• To provide training, development, and continuing education for practitioners engaged in the management of IT; and
• To create an effective link between the business community and the resources of the University of Virginia, including practitioner access to students, faculty, special programs, and research publications.

The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship, founded in 2008 through initial funding from Mark E. Galant (McIntire ’80), is dedicated to advancing the study and practice of entrepreneurship. Through the Galant Center, McIntire will develop innovative curricula, engage in significant research, and execute meaningful events. Experiential learning is an important element of the Galant Center. Through center-sponsored activities, students will be exposed to new venture leaders who will share both their successes and obstacles in entrepreneurial ventures. The Galant Center will collaborate with the UVA Entrepreneurial Society to engage speakers and to promote relevant activities and aims to involve McIntire alumni in its activities as guest speakers, competition judges, and event attendees.

Center for Global Commerce prepares students for long-term success providing an increasingly international perspective as well as globally oriented functional and cross-cultural business skills. In addition, the School must attract and engage an internationally diverse student population, build globally focused intellectual capital, and develop partnerships with other leading business schools and international companies throughout the world.

The Center leads the planning and implementation of a sustained, integrative, and comprehensive global strategy for the School. The Center focuses on the following:

• Strengthening international curriculum and academic programs - the Center supports faculty in the development of essential new global curricula and teaching materials as well as the School’s study abroad programs. The Center also administers a financial aid program for students requiring assistance to study abroad.
• Fostering international scholarship and research – the Center actively encourages and funds globally oriented scholarship on such crucial topics as international financial markets and cross-cultural consumer research. The Center plays a primary role in facilitating relationships with global business enterprises and international academic institutions.
 Broadening community engagement – the Center actively promotes the School’s global perspective and capabilities, reaching out to students, academics, professionals, and other key members of the global business community.


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