About the Quinlan School of Business

Learn more about the Quinlan School of Business policies regarding program details, transfer credits and more.

About the Quinlan School of Business

The mission of the Quinlan School of Business is to provide excellent business education inspired by the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program integrates a foundation of education through the University Core Curriculum that includes a total of 16 courses (48 credit hours of coursework), primarily in the arts and sciences, which develop important college-level skills and integrate an understanding of values through 10 required areas of knowledge as well as one course that satisfies Loyola's commitment to Engaged Learning. In addition, each student completes required courses in business that serve to develop individual intellect and character. Our goal is to prepare skilled business professionals who will develop into socially responsible, ethical leaders.

Students must complete the 10 required areas of knowledge in the university's core: college writing seminar, artistic knowledge and experience, historical knowledge, literary knowledge, quantitative analysis, scientific literacy, societal and cultural understanding, philosophical knowledge, theological and religious studies, and ethics. Students should note that they may complete quantitative analysis, one course in societal and cultural understanding, one of the philosophical knowledge courses, with courses required in the business core curriculum and other Quinlan School of Business required courses.

Business core curriculum courses provide functional skills in accounting, business law, economics, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing, supply chain management, and strategic management. In addition, advanced business courses and electives serve to integrate the functional disciplines and provide depth of knowledge in one or more areas of concentration.

The Quinlan School of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the accounting programs are separately accredited by AACSB International.

Contact Us

Water Tower Campus
Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6113
Fax: 312.915.7207

Website: LUC.edu/quinlan

Office of the Dean
Interim Dean: Maciek Nowak, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs: Pamela McCoy
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program: Susan Ries, PhD

Academic advising

First-year and second-year students are advised through the office of First and Second Year Advising.

Academic advising for juniors, seniors, and transfer students is handled in the undergraduate Associate Dean's office of the Quinlan School of Business. The initiation of timely class withdrawals, changes in courses, and filing of degree applications are all matters specifically requiring the dean's approval. Declarations of majors and minors should be made.

The undergraduate office is the primary point of contact for all matters that relate to degree requirements in the Quinlan School of Business. Students with any questions or concerns regarding academics, such as courses, scheduling, majors or minors, etc., should consult with the Associate Dean's office.

Degree program

All Quinlan School of Business undergraduate students complete a broad-based core of foundation courses, followed by advanced study in at least one area of concentration, leading to the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) degree in the following:

School requirements

Writing and Writing-Intensive Courses
In order to graduate from the Quinlan School of Business, students ordinarily must complete three writing courses. These include: UCWR 110, or the equivalent; and two writing-intensive courses. UCWR 110 must be taken in the freshman year and must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better before any writing-intensive course may be taken.

Designated sections of courses are taught with a special emphasis on writing (e.g. WI courses may not be contracted or be independent study courses). They are easily identified by a "W" in the section number. Students in these courses will have a variety of writing assignments that will be integrated closely with the learning objectives of the course. The purpose of the program is to assure that students continue to give attention to writing as an essential component of education throughout their years at Loyola.

In order to ensure that training in writing is spread throughout the undergraduate years, the program specifies that no more than one writing-intensive course per semester may be applied to this requirement. Students may register for only one writing intensive course per semester. Transfer students should consult with the dean's office about how the writing-intensive requirement applies to them. Each student must complete at least one of their writing intensive courses with a Quinlan School of Business course or ENGL 210 (Business Writing). The other writing intensive course may come from any discipline.

Freshmen and transfer students with 59 or fewer transfer credit hours must take two writing-intensive courses during their undergraduate career at Loyola; transfer students with 60–89 transfer credit hours must take one writing-intensive course during their undergraduate career at Loyola; transfer students with 90 or more transfer credit hours are exempt from taking writing-intensive courses. For further information, transfer students should consult their academic advisor.

Math requirements: Students are also encouraged to satisfactorily complete the mathematics requirement of the program during the freshman year or as early in their education as possible. Student must complete Math 131 or the equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better.

University Core Curriculum

For specific information, please refer to the University Core Curriculum section in Academic Rules and Regulations or visit the University Core Curriculum Website at www.luc.edu/core. Specific suggestions on how to fulfill the Core through the Quinlan School of Business are detailed below.

Knowledge AreasSchool Recommended Courses
College Writing Seminar (3 credit hours) UCWR 110 (Required as a prerequisite for writing-intensive courses)
Artistic Knowledge (3 credit hours)  
Historical Knowledge (6 credit hours)  
Quantitative Analysis (3 credit hours) MATH 131 or MATH 161
Literary Knowledge and Experience (6 credit hours)  
Philosophic Knowledge (6 credit hours) MGMT 341 (3 credit hours)
Scientific Literacy (6 credit hours)  
Societal and Cultural Understanding (6 credit hours)  
Theological and Religious Studies (6 credit hours)  
Ethics (3 credit hours)  
Engaged Learning RequirementSchool Recommended Courses
Engaged Learning (1 course) BSAD 351

Required Quinlan business courses

Each Quinlan School of Business student must complete the following required business administration courses plus the required courses for one area of concentration. A student may choose to complete the courses for additional areas of concentration or for a minor.

Required Credit Hours
ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I 3 credit hours
ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II 3 credit hours
BSAD 343 Business Analytics 3 credit hours
ECON 201 Principles of Economics I (Micro) 3 credit hours
ECON 202 Principles of Economics II (Macro) 3 credit hours
FINC 332 Business Finance 3 credit hours
ISSCM 241 Business Statistics 3 credit hours
INFS 247 Business Information Systems 3 credit hours
SCMG 332 Operations Management 3 credit hours
LREB 315 Law and the Regulatory Environment of Business 3 credit hours
MARK 201 Fundamentals of Marketing 3 credit hours
MGMT 201 Managing People and Organizations 3 credit hours
MGMT 304 Strategic Management 3 credit hours


  • Area of concentration and major are used interchangeably in the Quinlan School of Business.
  • Only students with junior standing and above will be permitted to enroll in 300-level courses.
Other School of Business Requirements
COMM 103 Business & Professional Speaking 3 credit hours
MATH 131 (Applied Calculus I) or MATH 161 (Calculus I) 3 credit hours
MGMT 341 Ethics in Business or MGMT 321 International Business Ethics 3 credit hours
BSAD 220 Internship and Career Preparation 2 credit hours
Global Awareness (The course used to satisfy this requirement may include any course from the INTL major group including ANTH 100 or 102. ASIA 101, GIST 101, LASP 101, PLSC 102 or a study abroad experience will also count toward this requirement.)  
Elective Courses
Free electives: Any courses from arts and sciences and/or business administration Remaining credit hours needed to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major(s): All students must complete a major field of study and may choose to complete two or more majors, or a major and a minor. The 11 fields from which to select a single major field of concentration are: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information systems, international business, management, marketing, supply chain management, and sport management. Each student will take specialized studies in a field of concentration during their junior and senior years.

A major field of concentration in the Quinlan School of Business consists of at least five advanced courses beyond the core requirements in a department of instruction. The accounting major requires eight advanced accounting courses. International business, economics, finance and sport management all require 18 hours of coursework. A minimum of 80% of the major or minor field courses must be approved courses offered and successfully completed at Loyola's Quinlan School of Business. A student must attain a minimum arithmetic grade point average of no less than 2.00, for instance, "C," in the courses of the major field of concentration. In addition, a student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in every course accepted for the major or minor. All grades from courses attempted in a major area of concentration are computed in the major/minor area GPA. (this policy also applies to BA in Economics students).

Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to meet with a Quinlan academic advisor early in the planning stage in order to select a location that has courses that will be counted for university core, business core, as well as a major or a minor. A student will be permitted to take up to two advanced courses while studying abroad that will be courses counted toward a Quinlan major or minor (this includes students pursuing the BA in Economics). All courses must be approved by a Quinlan Advisor or the Undergraduate Dean.

A student who is an accounting major may be administratively removed as an accounting major if the student earns a grade below "C-" in two or more upper level accounting classes (ACCT 303 and beyond).

Majors and program details

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The Quinlan School of Business offers a variety of minors for both business students and non-business students. Choosing a minor offers students a chance to gain working knowledge in an area in addition to their major field of concentration. All students may declare their minor. A maximum of one transfer course taken prior to matriculating at Loyola University Chicago may be allowed for non-business school students at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of the Quinlan School of Business. For non-business school students double minoring in any two (or more) concentrations, only two applicable courses may be applied to both concentrations.  For Quinlan School of Business students double minoring in any two (or more) concentrations, only one applicable course may be applied to both concentrations.

Grade Requirements

All, business core, business school requirements, writing intensive courses, major and minor courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or better. In addition, the overall GPA and any major or minor GPA must be greater than or equal to a 2.0. All grades from courses attempted in a major or minor are calculated into the major or minor GPA. University core classes may be completed with a grade of D or better. 

Required Courses for Each Major

  • Accounting: ACCT 301, 303, 304, 311, 328, and three from ACCT 306, 307, 308, 323, 341, 345, 395, 399.
  • Economics: ECON 304 and four additional economics courses.
  • Entrepreneurship: ENTR 310, 345, 390, and two from ENTR 311, 312, 313, ISSCM 349, MGMT 335, ENTR 395 and 399.
  • Finance: FINC 335 and four from 337, 340, 342, 345, 346, 347, 355, 357, 395, 399, ECON 321.
  • Human Resource Management: HRER 375, 311, and three from HRER 313, 317, 322, 325, 329, 364, 395, 399
  • Information Systems: INFS 346, INFS 347 or ISSCM 393, INFS 397 or COMP 170, and two additional 300-level information systems courses.
  • International Business: ANTH 102 or 271, and either MARK 363 or MGMT 315; and five from: ACCT 306, ECON 323, 324, 325, 364, or 368; FINC 340, 355; HRER 325, 329; SCMG 338; MGMT 305, 315; MARK 341, 363; SPRT 345. (maximum of two courses from any one department is permissible for this major)  Foreign Language (up to the 103-level or 3 years of High School) and a semester study abroad experience are required for this major.
  • Marketing: MARK 310, 311, 390, and two additional marketing courses.
  • Management: MGMT 360 and four from MGMT 305, 315, 318, 320, 335, 395, 399, ENTR 310, HRER 375.
  • Operations Management: Required (at least three from) SCMG 337, 338, 341, 383, SPRT 339 and Electives (no more than two from) SCMG 395, 399, INFS 347, ISSCM 349, 393.
  • Sport Management: SPRT 130 and five from SPRT 320, 330, 335, 339, 345, 365, 375, 380, 395, 399.

For students double majoring or minoring in any two (or more) concentrations, only one applicable course may be applied to both concentrations. Only one XXXX 399: Selected Topics course can be applied to any Quinlan School of Business major.

Students are expected to adhere to all course prerequisites for any course as listed in the online schedule of classes each term. Specific information can be found in LOCUS.

Curricula for transfer students: Generally, transfer credit will not be allowed for business courses taken elsewhere at the freshman or sophomore level if such courses are not offered at the same level at Loyola. In the Quinlan School of Business, 300-level courses are to be taken by juniors and seniors. These courses usually will not transfer if they are taken as a freshman or sophomore. All transfer students must complete a minimum of 50% of all business courses at Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, 80% of a major or minor must be completed at Loyola University Chicago. This typically translates into the possibility of one course permitted for a major or minor at the discretion of the Quinlan School of Business. Please consult with the Assistant Dean of the Quinlan School of Business with any questions.

Transfer students should note that accepting courses for credit from other institutions is done at the discretion of the Quinlan School of Business. Curricular changes do occur within the Quinlan School of Business. However, transfer credit is articulated at the time of a student's matriculation to Loyola University Chicago with what curricular policies were in place at that time. The Quinlan School of Business reserves the right to not re-articulate transfer credit once a student has matriculated.

With respect to non-business administration courses, students contemplating a transfer should review specific course requirements. Note that non-business administration requirements are stated in some cases in terms of course areas rather than specific courses. Students who intend to transfer to Loyola are strongly urged to visit or call the Quinlan School of Business for assistance in planning their college work at Loyola University.

Readmission to the Quinlan School of Business

A student that leaves Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business without completing their degree requirements may reapply for admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for a period of 8 years from the date of separation.  If the application for readmission is for a term that is within the 8 year period, the student will be able to have their transcript reviewed by the Assistant Dean.  Those courses previously taken at Loyola University Chicago and at other accredited institutions, which received passing grades based on the grading policies in place at the time of readmission, may be counted toward current degree requirements.

A student that leaves Loyola University Chicago’s School of Business Administration without completing their degree requirements and is separated from the university for greater than 8 years will need to reapply for admission and will not be able to count past coursework toward current degree requirements.

Transfer Credit

Students seeking admission to Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business as a transfer student may have their transcripts from prior institutions reviewed by the undergraduate Dean’s Advising Office.  Coursework taken elsewhere that was taken more than eight years prior to enrolling at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business will not be considered for transfer credit.  Coursework taken within the previous eight years will be considered for transfer credit.

Honors and Awards

Dean's List

Each Fall and Spring Semester, the Quinlan School of Business acknowledges those full-time (12 or more hours) students who obtain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the term. Students on the dean's list receive personal acknowledgement from the dean.

Dean's Key

Ordinarily given to the business administration senior or seniors who, in the estimation of the dean, have made the most outstanding contributions in both leadership and scholarship to the reputation of the school. It is awarded to whomever may be expected in the years after graduation to exemplify, both as citizens and as successful business professionals, the highest ideals of the university.

Departmental Keys

Each academic major in the Quinlan School of Business ordinarily awards one silver honor key annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic ability in that major field of concentration. Those considered for this award usually will have earned the highest academic average for all coursework in their particular field of concentration. Other factors such as, but not limited to, leadership achievement, cumulative grade point average, and graduation honors may, at the full discretion of the faculty, be recognized in the selection process.

Leadership Awards

Certificates of merit may be awarded to those full time Quinlan School of Business students who have distinguished themselves by active and meritorious participation in various extracurricular activities within the university.

Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Key

A key which is merited by the senior student in the fraternity who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence in all undergraduate courses taken at Loyola. Ordinarily this means the highest cumulative grade point average achieved for all courses attempted at Loyola.

Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

A key which is merited by the senior student in the Quinlan School of Business who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence in all courses taken at Loyola. Ordinarily, this means the highest cumulative grade point average achieved in all courses attempted at Loyola.

Departmental Honors

The Quinlan School of Business offers departmental honors in the following departments with the requirements for each as listed. Departmental honors are available to students with majors in the Quinlan School of Business. Students must apply to a department for honors consideration. Contact the chairperson of the specific department for more information.

Honor Societies and Fraternities

The university honorary societies and professional fraternities for which business administration students may qualify are:

  • Alpha Kappa Psi: A national professional fraternity founded with the purpose of stimulating and developing scientific research in the field of commerce and business administration.
  • Beta Alpha Psi: A national honorary accounting fraternity with membership limited to juniors and seniors in the full- and part-time business administration programs. Students must be majoring in accounting, finance or information systems, and display high scholastic and personal character requirements.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: A national scholastic honor society for business administration students. Membership in the Loyola chapter is available to qualified junior and senior Quinlan School of Business students.
  • Delta Sigma Pi: A national professional business fraternity, organized to promote closer affiliation of Quinlan students to the business community.

Taking courses elsewhere

The Quinlan School of Business adheres to the university policy regarding taking courses elsewhere. In conjunction with the university policy, the Quinlan School of Business will not approve any courses from the Quinlan School of Business curriculum to be taken elsewhere during any semester or summer session.