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The business minor provides an introduction to the skills needed for success in the rapidly changing and evolving world of business. Because it is designed for non-business students who seek to learn business essentials to enhance their own area of expertise, the minor provides broad exposure to business concepts and theories. The minor also presents and integrates the major functional areas in business to solve management problems through the use of IT. Strong written and oral communication skills are expected.


For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors. The School of Business residency requirement for this minor supersedes the university requirement: at least nine credits must be earned at Mason. 

At least eight credits of the minor courses must be unique to the Business Minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor.

Banner Code: BUS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Courses

Select at least four courses from the following:12-15
Accounting in a Global Economy
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy
Total Credits12-15


Select the fifth course from the following:0-3
Courses from the preceding list
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Managing Projects and Operations
Special Topics: Business Minor
Total Credits0-3

Excluded Courses

These courses may not be taken for credit by School of Business majors.

Students who have already taken and received credit for relevant School of Business foundation or core course(s) shall substitute courses as follows and cannot receive credit for the equivalent MBUS course:

  • ACCT 203 Survey of Accounting for MBUS 300 Accounting in a Global Economy 
  • FNAN 301  or FNAN 303 Financial Management for MBUS 308 Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy 
  • MGMT 303 Principles of Management for MBUS 301 Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy 
  • MIS 301  or MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core) for MBUS 302 Managing Information in a Global Economy 
  • MKTG 301  or MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing for MBUS 303 Marketing in a Global Economy,
  • OM 301  or OM 303 Operations Management for MBUS 306 Managing Projects and Operations 

Students may transfer a maximum of six credits toward the business minor.