Mar 02, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Muma College of Business


About the College in lounge area of College of Business

The Muma College of Business offers courses of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. All degree programs in the Muma College of Business are fully accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Mission and Vision


We emphasize creativity and analytics to promote student success, produce scholarship with impact, and engage with all stakeholders in a diverse global environment.


Transforming minds: Transforming business. We aspire to be internationally recognized for developing business professionals who provide analytical and creative solutions in a global environment.


The Muma College of Business offers courses of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. All degree programs in the Muma College of Business are fully accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Admission Progression Requirements for the Muma College of Business

Students interested in pursuing a degree offered by the Muma College of Business must complete the required prerequisites for entering the College in addition to other related criteria listed below.

  • Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal. 
  • Completion of the following State Mandated Common Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher in each course and an overall 2.5 GPA in all seven (7) courses:
    • ACG X021/ACG X022 Financial Accounting (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)*
    • ACG X071 Managerial Accounting (or X301)*
    • CGS X100 Computers in Business (or acceptable Substitute, i.e., CGS X060, CGS X000, CGS X100C, CGS X101, CGS X518, CGS X531, CGS X570, ISM X000)
    • ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics
    • MAC X233 Elementary Calculus or MAC X230
    • STA X023 Introductory Statistics or QMB X100 or STA X122 (STA X023 and QMB X100 are preferred)

          *Accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021  & ACG 2071 .
         ** Entrepreneurship majors must also complete a leadership course as a required pre-requisite.

In computing entry grade point average all business and economics courses taken for S or U grades will be converted to C or F, respectively.

A minimum score of 550 on paper and pencil or 213 on computerized TOEFL is required, when applicable.

Students must be admitted to the Muma College of Business at least one term before their anticipated graduation date.

For more information, see the General Requirements at the Muma College of Business website

Admission Requirements for Hospitality Management

Students must have a 2.0 overall and USF GPA and complete the following State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites:

  • ACG X021 or ACG X022 or (ACG X001 and ACG X011) - 3 credit hours
  • ACG X071 - 2-3 credit hours
  • ECO X013 - 3 credit hours
  • ECO X023 - 3 credit hours

Admission Requirements for First Time in College Students

First time in college students who meet the criteria below are granted direct entry to the Muma College of Business. 

  • Admitted for Fall semester entry to USF as a degree seeking student OR
  • Test scores: SAT minimum 1210, Math 570 or ACT 25, Math 25 AND
  • Minimum weighted high school GPA: 3.5

First time in college students must meet the entrance requirements for their major, including GPA and state mandated pre-requisite courses, to enroll in upper- level major courses.

Early Admissions Program – The Bulls Business Network

Membership in the Bulls Business Network (BBN) is open to first time in college students who have completed a USF application and declared an intent to major in business, and meet the FTIC admission requirements (listed above). These freshmen are admitted directly to the Muma College of Business upon admission to USF (while the majority of students are fully admitted to the business college after two years of general course requirements). BBN members are eligible to live in the Bulls Business Community or the Zimmerman Advertising Program Community, residential programs described in the following section. BBN students have the opportunity to avoid mass lecture classes as smaller sections of core business classes are reserved exclusively for BBN members (availability is limited and determined by academic performance each semester). Students in the BBN may apply for special business scholarships as well as join business student organizations normally restricted only to juniors and seniors. For admission criteria, visit

Living-Learning Communities - The Bulls Business Community or Zimmerman Advertising Program (ZAP)

Freshmen are encouraged to live on campus for the first year. As part of the Bulls Business Network, students are eligible to apply to the business-themed living learning communities, the Bulls Business Community (BBC) and Zimmerman Advertising Program Community (ZAP). Here, students are offered very different programming opportunities.  An exclusive academic advisor and a graduate assistant aid students as they navigate the university and the college. Dinners with the dean, meetings with CEO’s of various Tampa Bay businesses, improv sessions, study abroad opportunities, company tours and etiquette dinners are just a few of the beyond the books experiences provided to more than 100 business students living in Juniper Poplar. In addition, all BBC/ZAP students have the opportunity to apply to the Honors Program in Business. For further information about the BBC or ZAP please visit

Honors Programs

The Business Honors Program at the University of South Florida is one of the most prestigious programs established to inspire passion and nurture exemplary potential in students. Our program blends rigorous coursework and research activities with special residential, service, international, and applied learning opportunities found inside and outside of the classroom. The Business Honors Program brings together distinct features that include:

  • Small classes that enhance learning
  • Study abroad program geared toward understanding the global business environment
  • Summer internship opportunities with top-rated business companies
  • Comprehensive study in research and computational methods
  • Research opportunities associated with your Honors thesis
  • Corporate mentoring with industry leaders
  • Personalized advising

For more information, see

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

In addition to general admission requirements, transfer credits will be accepted from accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately credited toward requirements in the student’s program at USF. For more information, see

Students who transfer to the USF Muma College of Business must meet the following admission guidelines below:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal.
  3. Completion all state mandated prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better in each course and an overall 2.5 GPA in all seven (7) courses. The courses are:
  • Financial Accounting*: ACG X021/ACG X022 (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)
  • Managerial Accounting: ACG X071 (or ACG X301)
  • Computers in Business: CGS X100 (or acceptable substitute)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics: ECO X013
  • Principles of Microeconomics: ECO X023
  • Elementary Calculus**: MAC X233 or MAC 2230
  • Statistics**: QMB 2100  or STA 2023  

*Accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021  & ACG 2071 .
**Hospitality Management majors only complete ECO 2013 , ECO 2023 , ACG 2021 , and ACG 2071 .


  • Entrepreneurship majors must complete a leadership course in addition to the seven pre-requisite courses listed above.
Associate of Arts Transfers

Florida public state or community college students enrolled in an Associate of Arts (AA) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at a Florida College System institution. As a rule, AA students should avoid taking any business courses at the state or community college that are listed as 3000- and 4000-level courses at USF. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the Muma College of Business. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon proper validation of such courses. Validation consists of successfully completing specified advanced courses in the discipline.

Associate of Science Transfers

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in General Business Administration are fully admissible to USF. Please see a business advisor to determine the articulation of courses, discuss admission to the Muma College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the Muma College of Business with an General Business Administration may earn a major in only Management. Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in any other discipline should contact the B.S.A.S program in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, SVC 2002, (813) 974-4051, for information regarding course transferability and degree articulation.

College-Level Requirements

General Requirements for B.A./B.S. Degrees in Business

Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours. Of the minimum 120, at least 60 hours must be business courses, and a minimum of 54 hours must be non-business courses (i.e., all courses not normally offered by the Muma College of Business). Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 120 hours and can be either business or non-business. 

As a part of the 120-hour requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, the following criteria also apply:

  • GPA: A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 must be achieved in the following areas:
    • The major and minor fields
    • College foundation courses
    • All USF coursework
    • Overall GPA (USF and all transfer work)
  • State Communication and Computation Requirements: Students must have satisfactorily completed the State Communication Requirement and State Computation Requirement.
  • Foreign Language: All students must satisfy the University’s Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog). For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business, students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to a minimum of three semesters in the same foreign language. The Muma College of Business does not approve American Sign Language for the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.
  • Residency: Muma College of Business residency requirements for graduation exceed the minimum requirements established for USF. Students are required to complete satisfactorily at USF a minimum of 50 percent (30-33 semester hours depending on major) of required business courses, including 12-18 semester hours in the major field.  Normally, independent study and independent research courses do not fulfill this requirement.
  • International Course Requirement: All business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.
  • Academic Dismissal: Students dismissed more than once from the University of South Florida for academic reasons will not be readmitted to the Muma College of Business.
  • Academic Progression: The Muma College of Business supports the USF degree progression policy. Failure to meet degree progress may result in removal from the college to a program more appropriate to ensure students’ success.

Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)

Non-Business (54 hrs. minimum)

Enhanced General Education Requirements

  1. Communication/English Composition (ENC 1102  is required) (6 credit hours)
  2. General Education Core Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (Calculus and Statistics are required) (6 credit hours)
  3. General Education Core Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)
  4. General Education Core Social Sciences (ECO 2013  is required) (3 credit hours)
  5. General Education Core Humanities (3 credit hours)
  6. Human Cultural Diversity (BUL 3320 *  is required) (3 credit hours)
  7. Information & Data Literacy (CGS 2100  is required) (3 credit hours)
  8. Creative Thinking (ECO 2023  is required) (3 credit hours)
  9. Ethical Reasoning & Civic Engagement (GEB 4890 * is required) (3 credit hours)
  10. High Impact Practice (ENC 3250  is recommended) (3 credit hours)

*Not required for Hospitality Management majors.

Non-Business Requirements for Business Majors

  1. SPC 2608 - Public Speaking  or COM 3110 - Communication For Business and the Professions  
  2. ENC 3250 - Professional Writing  or ENC 3310 - Expository Writing  or equivalent It is recommended that transfer students take ENC 3250  or ENC 3310  their first semester at USF.

Additional Elective Credits

  • Students may or may not need to take additional hours to meet the minimum of 54 non-business credits (See “Electives” heading below for a suggested course)
  • Students must satisfy the State Civic Literacy Requirement (0-3 credits) See advisor for more information.

Business (63-66 hrs. minimum):

  1. Foundation Courses in Business - Required - a minimum grade of C- in each foundation course with an overall 2.0 GPA (36 credit hours):

Please note:  Hospitality Management majors complete different core courses, see major requirements.

  1. Major Requirements (18-27 credit hours)
  2. Required Business Electives (6 credit hours):

Electives in Business or Non-Business

Sufficient elective courses to reach a minimum of 120 hours (ranges from 0-3 credit hours if above requirements are met); minimum total hours 120.

Grading Requirements

Courses are not available for audit. All courses in the major or minor field and all foundation coursework in business must be taken on a graded basis. 

D/F Policy

All students entering USF for the first time in Fall 2017 or later, who subsequently earn three (3) D and/or F grades in any or any combination of the following courses at USF will be required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance and to a major not conferred by the Muma College of Business. The courses are: ACG 2021 , ACG 2071 , CGS 2100 , ECO 2013 ECO 2023 , MAC 2233  (or equivalent), and QMB 2100  (or equivalent).

Other Requirements

Computer Requirement

All students entering the Muma College of Business are required to have a laptop computer that they can use in their classes and labs. The laptop computer must be capable of connecting to the internet wirelessly and accessing software applications through a central server, and have audio and video capabilities.

Undergraduate Advising Information

The Undergraduate Advising Office assists business students with academic advising, course permitting, and registration.

Advising Services:

  • Orientation for freshmen and transfer students.
  • Academic advising and program information for pre-business and fully admitted students who have applied to the Muma College of Business and declared business as their intended major.
  • Evaluation of undergraduate transcripts for all declared and admitted business transfer students.
  • Assist students with their degree progression, retention, and timely graduation.
  • Certification of graduation.

Tampa campus: BSN 2102
(813) 974-4290 or schedule an advising appointment online at

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday is reserved for walk-in’s only)
Please refer to website for most current office hours and advising availability information:

For questions email
Be sure to include your name, U#, and contact information with your question.

To schedule an advising appointment:

St. Petersburg campus: DAV 134
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(727) 873-4511

Sarasota Manatee campus: SMC C107
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(941) 359-4330 -

Collier Student Success Center (located on Tampa campus)

Located in BSN 2101
(813) 974-8155

The Collier Student Success Center includes the Undergraduate Advising Office, Corporate Mentor Program, and Muma Study Abroad Initiatives. The Collier Student Success Center assists business students with academic advising and global experiences. The Corporate Mentor Program helps first generation in college students by providing professional development opportunities and corporate networking events designed to enhance career readiness at graduation.

Bellini Center for Talent Development (located on Tampa campus)

TVB 200
(813) 974-9033

The Bellini Center for Talent Development is a career-development program for students and the Tampa Bay Business community creating a real world corporate environment in a classroom level setting.  The Center will increase job placement for graduates while providing Tampa Bay businesses with a talent pipeline of employees uniquely prepared to meet their needs through a three-year plus certification. 

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