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 as entering freshmen 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) 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


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 Mgmt.

BUAD 4020  Senior Business Policy Forum– Honors Thesis

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.
  • In addition to faculty advisors, Honors Program students are assigned to a professional Honors Program advisor in the College of Business. Administration
  • 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

 Student Organization

  • Automatic membership in the Student Honors Council which coordinates cultural and social events at The University of Toledo and acts as an advocate for Honors Program students

Recognition at Graduation

  • Each Honors course is identified on the student's official college transcript
  • Special Honors citation conferred upon graduation

Admission to the Honors Program is competitive and based on high school grade point average (GPA), ACT or SAT scores, an essay, an extracurricular resume, and references.  Students entering The University of Toledo directly from high school with a minimum 3.75 GPA (4.0 scale) and a minimum ACT composite score of 28 (SAT composite of 1260) are strongly encouraged to apply to the Honors Program.  Highly motivated students with a minimum 3.5 GPA and a minimum ACT composite score of 25 (SAT composite score of 1140) will be considered for admission to the Honors Program.  All admissions to the Honors Program are granted on a space-available basis.


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-Honors Thesis


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: 6/9/16