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Graduate Record 2008-2009 
Graduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Master of Science in Commerce

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The Master of Science in Commerce with a concentration in Financial Services or Marketing & Management is a one-year, 36-credit hour degree program. It is designed to help recent graduates integrate their strong foundation in the liberal arts, sciences, or engineering with concentrated studies in commerce. It encompasses a solid education on business fundamentals and international business topics, as well as a study-abroad immersion experience. The program exposes students to business fundamentals through three terms of study.

  • Fall Term: Integrated Core Experience (ICE) emphasizes the development of strategic, behavioral, and analytical skills that address real business problems and projects. (15 credits)
  • Spring, Term I: Specialty Tracks helps students develop a functional area of expertise through focused coursework within their designated track—either Financial Services or Marketing & Management. (12 credits)
  • Spring, Term II: Global Immersion (May–June) requires all students to participate in an international immersion and capstone experience at one of McIntire’s partner institutions abroad. Students are required to complete two 3 credit-hour courses within their track on a global aspect of the field and one 3 credit-hour capstone project course taught by a McIntire faculty member. The project aims to provide an integration of topics covered throughout the program in a global context. (9 credits)

Students must apply to one of the two tracks (Financial Services or Marketing & Management) and will only be accepted into the track for which they apply. The track designation will appear on the student transcript and degree.

Program Prerequisites:

The program is designed for candidates who have graduated or will be graduating within 12 months prior to matriculation with a strong liberal arts, science or engineering degree. Students who have an undergraduate degree in business are ineligible for the program. The following prerequisite UVa coursework or equivalents from other universities must be completed, or in progress, prior to formal admission.

  • Commerce 180: Making Business Work (Introduction to Business)
  • Economics 201: Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
  • Commerce 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting

Full acceptance is contingent on completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and the applicant’s performance in the three prerequisite courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form, including all requested documentation and application fee
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended   
  • Official GMAT scores sent to the McIntire School of Commerce 
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable, sent to the McIntire School of Commerce (McIntire requires a TOEFL score of 250 computer/ 600 paper-based/ 100 iBT or higher to be competitive for admissions)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from a professor who is familiar with the student’s academic performance)
  • A $60 application fee is required which can be paid online with the application. If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required and is credited toward the first tuition payment. For more information or to access the online admissions services, please visit the website or contact:


Office of Graduate Admissions

McIntire School of Commerce
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173
(434) 924-3571 Toll-free (877) 349-2620

Grading Policy

Grades are awarded only to those students who are registered for, and who complete a course for, credit. All courses are on a credit basis only. The letter grade symbols used for grading graduate students in the Accounting program are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, D, F. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program and graduate. Student performance may be evaluated periodically by the faculty. In addition, a student who earns six credits of sub-standard performance (C or lower) is placed on probation; a probationary student who earns one additional grade of C or lower is dropped from the program. A student, who receives a grade of F (non-performance) in any course, is automatically dropped from the program. 

Employment and other Extracurriculuar Activites

Students may not engage in employment or other extracurricular activities in excess of what is compatible with a full-time commitment to the study of commerce. No full-time student may be employed for more than 20 hours per week or receive financial compensation or financial award for activities requiring more than 20 hours per week.

International Immersion Attendance Policy

The program attendance policy described earlier applies to all McIntire graduate programs. Though beyond our on-Grounds classrooms, all students are expected to fully participate in this program’s 9-credit hour international immersion term. Participation constitutes travel to McIntire’s partner universities and completion of all associated course work. Exceptions to this requirement are very rare and require the approval of the Program Director and international immersion lead professor. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Program Director as far in advance of the scheduled immersion term as possible.

M.S. in Commerce Courses

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