College of Business and Innovation

College of Business Honors Program


College of Business and Innovation students have two elite Honors Programs available to them. The first, the University Honors Program has been available at The University of Toledo for more than 40 years and has been offered in the College of Business since 1987 with its first graduate in 1990. The College Honors Program is under the umbrella of the Jesup Scott Honors College.  Students may apply to the University Honors Program through the Jesup Scott Honors College.

The second Honors Program available to College of Business students is the Departmental Honors Program to which students may apply during their last term in the lower division in the College of Business. The specialized Departmental Honors Program has been offered since 1997. 

Honors Program Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration 

Completion of all degree requirements for an approved program in the College; which must include the following Honors course work (in lieu of 33 credit hours in the standard degree program). Students must also have a minimum of a 3.3 University and higher education GPA. Honors Program students typically enroll in one or two Honors courses each term. 

Lower Division:

BUAD 1010  Introduction to Business
BUAD 2040  Financial Accounting Information
HON 1010    Readings Conference I
HON 1020    Readings Conference II
HON 2020 or HON 2030 Multicultural Literature

Note: There is an honors section of BUAD 2050 Accounting for Business Decisions but it is not a program requirement.

Upper Division:

BUAD 3010  Principles of Marketing
BUAD 3020  Principles of Manufacturing and Service Systems
BUAD 3030  Managerial and Behavioral Processes in Organizations
BUAD 3040  Principles of Financial Management
BUAD 4020  Senior Business Policy Forum
HON 4950 or 4960 Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar

Honors Program Advantages

 Small Classes

  • Access to elite Honors courses with a focus on interactive learning.
  • Often 15-20 students per class.

 Specialized Courses

  • Honors courses specifically tailored to provide interesting, stimulating, and challenging experiences.
  • Students typically enroll in two Honors courses per semester. 

Outstanding Faculty and Advisors

  • Access to outstanding faculty, many  of whom have international reputations in their fields.
  • Individualized academic advising, personalized degree planning, study abroad planning, and career advising.

 On-Campus Housing

  • First choice of residence hall for all Honors Program students who apply by the housing deadline. 

Priority Course Registration

  • Benefit of being the first group of students at UT to schedule classes during early registration.Students generally obtain their first choice of courses

Recognition at Graduation

  • Each Honors course is identified on the student's official college transcript
  • Honors Medallion given to students prior to the graduation ceremony.


Here are the overall requirements for direct-from-high school students applying to the Jesup Scott Honors College:               

  • High school GPA and ACT test score indicative of a well-prepared student, which MUST meet the required minimum of BOTH a 3.5 high school GPA and a 25 ACT/1150 SAT test score.
  • Your academic credentials should be combined with a significant high school leadership and/or work experience that indicates a high level of motivation and performance that could translate into high academic performance at the university
  • The applicant must apply to the Honors College after being admitted to the University of Toledo with the appropriate GPA and ACT scores.  The Honors College application is short, but does include an essay not to exceed 500 words on the following topic: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act?  Would you make the same decision again?

 Here are the overall requirements for current UT students applying to the Jesup Scott Honors College:               

  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.3
  • The student must have completed the first semester of college classes but have earned no more than 60 credit hours                  

The student must contact an Honors College Success Coach by calling 419-530-6030 to obtain and fill out the Honors College application form for current students.

Departmental Honors Requirements:

Currently enrolled University of Toledo students and transfer students may apply during their last semester in the college’s lower division for admission to the College of Business Administration departmental Honors Program if they have completed at least 45 semester hours of college work and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.3 (4.0 scale). Students are admitted to the departmental honors program on a space-available basis.

Departmental honors students complete 15 hours of honors courses that must include the following:

Upper Division Courses:

BUAD 3010 Principles of Marketing
BUAD 3020 Principles of Manufacturing and Service Systems
BUAD 3030 Managerial and Behavioral Processes in Organizations
BUAD 3040 Principles of Financial Management
BUAD 4020 Senior Business Policy Forum 

Admission to the Departmental Honors Program is also competitive and is based on university grade point average, an essay, an extracurricular resume, and references. The minimum GPA required for admission is 3.3 (4.0 scale; UT and higher education GPA's) although successful candidates often possess higher GPA's. Applications may be submitted during the student's final term in the College of Business lower division prior to registration for upper division courses.


For additional information,

Robert Yonker, Director                                                                                Jennifer McDowell Tharpe

College of Business Honors Program                                                     Honors Academic Advisor

Phone:  419-530-4611                                                                         Phone: 419-530-2087

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Last Updated: 10/14/16