Q: What is The Business Minor Summer Institute?
A: Tulane's Business Minor Summer Institute (BMSI) is an accelerated, 10-week program that provides undergraduates with the fundamentals of business and the skills necessary to shine in the corporate world. Featuring courses taught by some of Freeman's most sought-after and distinguished faculty members, the BMSI allows students with little or no prior business coursework to earn 22.5 academic credits and a business minor in just one summer.
Q: When and where will the Business Minor Summer Institute be held?
A: The Business Minor Summer Institute takes place in New Orleans on Tulane's uptown campus in Goldring-Woldenberg Business Complex. The program is broken down into two, 5-week sessions: Monday, May 14 through Sunday, June 17, 2018. The second session is Monday, June 25 through Sunday, July 29, 2018. Both summer sessions are required. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with an hour lunch break starting at noon. Students will receive advanced warning by any professor who needs to reschedule or make up class time.
Q: Is the business minor program available to Tulane graduates, as well? I earned my degree in May and was wondering whether this would be an option for me.
A: Yes. The program welcomes Tulane graduates and undergraduates alike.
Q: What will I gain from participating in the Business Minor Summer Institute?
A: The Business Minor Summer Institute offers participants the unique opportunity to earn 22.5 academic credits towards a Tulane undergraduate degree while exploring a fresh curriculum, practicing real-world, hands-on business skills, and strengthening marketability. Further, with a minor in business from Tulane's Freeman School, students gain the competitive edge that today's employers seek.
Ultimately, students participate in the minor program for a variety of different reasons. The following is just a glimpse of why several previous participants decided to enroll:
- To diversify his/her academic portfolio
- Resume enhancement
- To have the flexibility to excel in any professional environment
- Additional training for a career path in something such as finance or accounting
- To improve interpersonal skills and gain confidence
- To complement one part of academic training with another that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge
- To have an advantage when applying to grad school
- Networking opportunities
- To earn his/her undergraduate degree one semester early
Q: Can you describe the curriculum?
A: Eight courses allow students to gain a solid foundation of business fundamentals from Freeman's finest professors. Courses include Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Management Communications, Organization Behavior, Business Computing, Legal Studies, Marketing, and one finance-driven course (students opt to take either Financial Management or Personal Finance). In addition to individual coursework, students will have group assignments including oral presentations and papers.
Q: How is the program organized?
A: The program is broken down into two, 5-week sessions, separated by a one-week break. Classes take place Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with a one-hour lunch break at noon. Both summer sessions are required. Additional activities include networking opportunities, guest speakers, and professional development workshops.
Q: Can I complete the business minor over two summers?
A: No. It is important that the integrity of the minor remains constant, and that the curriculum is completed in one summer.
Q: I am not very math savvy. Will this be an issue for me?
A: Since the start of the Business Minor Summer Institute six years ago, no student has argued that the program favors one academic area over another. While the program strives to cover the wide array of business fundamentals, including accounting, finance, and economics, the required courses stem from Freeman's business core and do not require advanced skills of any nature.
Q: Does the program have a final exam period similar to the regular school terms?
A: Yes. Session 1 exams are scheduled to take place Friday, June 15 & Sunday, June 17. Session 2 finals are tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 27 & Sunday, July 29.
Q: Who teaches in the Business Minor Summer Institute?
A: The Business Minor Summer Institute courses are taught by a variety of distinguished Freeman faculty members, most of whom are from the undergraduate business program. Faculty members are available to the students throughout the entire program to serve as mentors and help lay a foundation for a career in business. See our Faculty page for more.
Q: Do I receive grades in the courses I take? Are they calculated into my cumulative GPA?
A: Yes and yes. Students majoring outside of the business school receive 22.5 elective credits and grades are calculated into the undergraduate's cumulative Newcomb-Tulane GPA. BSM students who participate in the summer minor program receive credit accordingly, depending on each individual's progress and specific major within the business school.
Q: Will there be homework or outside reading?
A: Yes. The Business Minor Summer Institute courses are based on the curriculum taught during the regular academic year (2,100 minutes per 3-credit course). Participants of the program are expected to complete similar assignments and are tested to ensure that at the end of the program the student has a solid grasp on the fundamentals of business.
Q: How will the Business Minor Summer Institute strengthen my resume?
A: Participants will be better able to present themselves to employers as well-rounded, experienced candidates ready to and able to contribute to a company.
Q: I am majoring in X, should I enroll in this program?
A: Yes! Students and graduates from all majors (Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Architecture, etc.) are encouraged to participate in the minor program.
Q: I am a sophomore who just switched from Liberal Arts to Business. Is this program a good way to catch up?
A: Yes. SIX of the eight courses (18 credits) required in the business minor program are also BSM core requirements. The BMSI is a GREAT way to catch up or, likewise, to get ahead.
Q: If I decide to switch majors and pursue a degree in business after the summer minor program, will the BMSI courses count?
A: Yes. Of the eight BMSI courses offered, six are core business requirements for all Freeman students. These courses include ACCN 2010 and 3010, MGMT 3010, LGST 3010, MCOM 3010, and FINE 3010 (optional). The final course, INFO 1010, ultimately would satisfy 1.5 of the 12 required business elective credits.
Q: I am a current BSM student and have already taken one of the BMSI required courses. May I still enroll and, if so, how does that work?
A: Yes. The program equally welcomes BSM candidates and several past participants have enrolled with as many as three courses already satisfied.
Q: I am a business major and have already taken one of the courses you are offering. May I substitute it for another class?
A: If a BSM student has already taken a BMSI course and another business class is being taught and offered to business majors during the same time, the student may enroll in the alternative as long as all the prerequisites have been met.
Q: Am I able to take additional courses outside of the minor program?
A: Yes, however most BMSI participants opt against this. The Business Minor Summer Institute is an intense and demanding program that operates four days a week, 8:30am to 4:30pm. In addition, evenings may be consumed with group meetings or exam reviews. Adding additional courses to the business minor workload is not encouraged or recommended.
Q: Who will be in class with me?
A: Students and graduates from all majors (Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Continuing Studies, etc.) are encouraged to participate in the minor program.
Q: Where will I live while attending the program?
A: Students have the option to live on campus or off campus.
Q: Where do participants eat during the program? Does tuition include a meal plan? Do my WaveBuck$ roll over for use during the summer.
A: While meal plans are not included in the cost of tuition, the program does cater three complimentary meals each week throughout the program. Wavebuck$ do not roll over for use. Specifically, Wavebuck$ and NOLAbuck$ expire at the end of the spring semester, typically mid-May. For more information on summer meal plans, click here.
Q: I have a disability. Will I be accommodated?
A: Absolutely. Tulane University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university. The BMSI staff will work with you to meet your requests and ensure that your experience is rewarding. Students with a learning disability should contact Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, to coordinate testing accommodations. The center may be reached via telephone at 504-862-8433 or visit their website http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/support/accessibility/index.cfm
Q: What is the dress code for the program? Will I need business professional clothing?
A: Dress is business casual during classes and meetings, but business attire will be required on occasion. You will be given a list of necessary items prior to arrival.
Q: Will I need a laptop or specific software?
A: The Freeman School requires all students to have a notebook computer. During the summer, you will have unlimited access to the computing resources required, and through hundreds of network connections throughout the buildings, you will have convenient access to the Freeman School's internal network, Tulane's shared systems, and the Internet.
Student notebook computers must meet the specifications as outlined by the Freeman School.
Basic requirements for all programs are:
The Windows operating system
Microsoft Office Professional 2010 or 2013 (for Windows)
Q: How much does the program cost? What does my fee cover?
A: The total cost of tuition (exclusive of university and/or course fees) is $14,000. Tuition covers the cost of the eight required courses (22.5 credits).
Q: Do you offer financial aid or payment plan options?
A: Students should check with the financial aid office.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: Tuition charged on or before April 30, 2018, is due May 31, 2018 (applies to all program participants who enroll before May).
Q: How do I apply to the program?
A: Students must complete the Intent to Enroll form online. A member of our staff will contact you shortly after for an appointment.
Q: When does the program stop accepting Intent to Enroll forms?
A: While we encourage students to submit enrollment forms as soon as possible, preferably by April 15, 2018 the program accepts students up until the day before classes begin.
Q: Do you interview business minor applicants?
A: No. Interviews are not required for admission into the Business Minor Summer Institute, but we encourage applicants to come in for a meeting with one of our staff members.
Q: Do I need to take the GMAT to attend the Business Minor Summer Institute?
A: No. GMAT scores are not required for admission to the Business Minor Summer Institute.
Q: Can I enroll if I am an international student?
A: Absolutely. The Business Minor Summer Institute welcomes international students from all majors.