Q: What is The Business Minor Summer Institute (BSMI)?
A: Tulane's Business Minor Summer Institute (BMSI) is a rigorous, ten-week program where undergraduate students with little or no prior business coursework develop problem-solving skills. These skills will apply to any business situations they encounter in their careers. BMSI students earn 23.5 academic credits and obtain a business minor in one summer.
Q: Where and when will the Business Minor Summer Institute take place?
A:The Institute’s program takes place on Tulane's campus in the Goldring-Woldenberg Business Complex. The program includes two, five-week sessions.
- Session I runs from Monday, May 13 through Sunday, June 16, 2019, with final exams June 17-18.
- Session II runs from Monday, June 24 through Sunday, July 28, 2019, with final exams July 29-30).
- Students have one week off between the two sessions.
- Students attend classes Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with a one hour lunch break. Friday classes are 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm, with no lunch break.
- Students must complete both summer sessions to obtain the business minor designation.
Q: What are the admission requirements for the business minor program?
A: The program is open to all non-business, Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduate students who have earned at least 24 credit hours with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
Q: What benefits will I gain by participating in the Business Minor Summer Institute?
A: The BMSI program offers the following benefits to students:
- Gives students practical and theoretical business knowledge to complement existing academic training
- Develops students’ skills to address business issues
- Improves students’ communication and networking skills
- Diversifies students’ academic backgrounds
Q: Can you describe the curriculum?
A: The Business Minor Summer Institute includes ten business courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Management Communication, Organizational Behavior, Business Computing, Legal Studies, Marketing, two Career Development and Management classes, and one finance-driven course (students can choose to take either Financial Management or Personal Finance). The Freeman faculty designed the curriculum to expand students’ critical thinking skills to prepare them to address business issues and problems.
Q: Can I complete the business minor over two summers?
A: No; students must complete the Business Minor Summer Program in one summer.
Q: Do I receive grades in the courses I take? Does the University calculate my BSMI grades into my cumulative GPA?
A: Yes; students in the BSMI program receives course grades that are calculated into the students’ GPAs.
Q: Will the courses require homework or outside reading?
A: Yes; students in the Business Minor Summer Institute will have homework and outside reading assignments.
Q: How will completing the Business Minor Summer Institute strengthen my resume?
A: Participants who complete the Business Minor Summer Institute program will be able to present themselves to employers as well-rounded, experienced candidates who have fundamental business skills necessary to contribute to a company or business enterprise.
Q: I am majoring in a degree program outside of the School of Business; should I enroll in this program?
A: Yes; students from Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Architecture, and Public Health will benefit from the Business Summer Minor Program.
Q: Am I able to take additional courses outside of the minor program?
A: Yes. However, the Business School strongly discourages students in the BMSI from taking additional courses outside of the program: The program is intense and demanding and leaves students with little or no time for additional work.
Q: Where will I live while attending the program?
A: Students have the option to live on campus or off campus. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life Department for information. Telephone 504-865-5724, or visit the website Housing Department .
Q: Where do participants eat meals during the program?
A: The Summer Minor Institute does not include a full meal plan in the tuition; however, students receive four complimentary lunches each week throughout Session I and Session II.
Q: Do my WaveBuck$ roll over for use during the summer?
A:Wavebuck$ and NOLAbuck$ expire at the end of the spring semester, typically in mid-May. They do not roll over into the summer. For detailed information on summer meal plans, click here.
Q: I have a disability. Will I be accommodated?
A: Absolutely; the Summer Minor Institute works with the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. Students with learning disabilities should contact the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility to coordinate testing accommodations. Telephone 504-862-8433, or visit the 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 students must dress in business attire for certain professional occasions, such as presentations, guest lectures, networking events, etc.
Q: Will I need a laptop or specific software?
A: The Freeman School requires every student to have a notebook computer and during the program, BSMI participants will have unlimited access to the required computing resources. Student notebook computers must meet the specifications as outlined by the Freeman School. Please visit Freeman's Information Technology and Media Services webpages for specifics.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: The total cost of tuition is $14,750.
Q: Do you offer financial aid or payment plan options?
A: All students’ financial aid situations are different. Therefore, students should meet with their financial aid advisors to discuss particular financial aid options.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: Tuition charged on or before May 15, 2019 is due June 14, 2019.
Q: How do I apply to the program?
A: Students must complete the Intent to Enroll form online.
Q: When does the program stop accepting Intent to Enroll forms?
A: The program stops accepting Intent to Enroll forms on March 4, 2019.
Q: Do you interview business minor applicants?
A: The Institute staff may choose to interview all BSMI applicants who meet the 3.0 GPA threshold.
Q: Can I enroll if I am an international student?
A: The Business Minor Summer Institute welcomes all international students from Newcomb-Tulane College.