Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Business

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309 Somsen Hall
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Randall Skalberg, Dean


WSU’s College of Business will be recognized by our region’s students and employers for innovative engaged teaching and learning.


The mission of WSU’s College of Business is to offer innovative, high-value business programs that intellectually and experientially engage and challenge our students to equip them for lifelong success in the global community.

AACSB Accreditation

WSU’s College of Business (COB) Bachelor of Science majors and minors are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Accreditation by AACSB International represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

College of Business (COB) Admissions Policy

Admission to the College of Business (COB) for all majors and minors in the departments of Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing is required before students may enroll in 300-400 level Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing classes.

College of Business Admission Requirements

  1. 30 or more earned credits at time of application
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (includes transfer credits)
  3. Completion of the following courses with a minimum C grade is required:
  • Non-College of Business majors and minors must have junior status and instructor’s permission to take COB 300 or 400 level courses.
  • Math and Statistics requirements for minors with non-COB majors:
    • Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and Professional Selling: refer to the math and statistics requirement listed under the COB Admission Requirements.
    • Accounting, Business Law, International Business, Management and MIS minors: completion of math and statistics courses required by the major or if none required, any college level math and statistics course.
    • Check the appropriate major to see what mathematics and statistics courses are required.

Provisional Admission

A student may apply for provisional admission in order to pre-register for 300 or 400 level COB courses. In order to qualify for provisional admission, the student must be completing all of the requirements for admission in the current semester. To apply for provisional admission, contact the College of Business Advising Coordinator (collegeofbusiness@winona.edu) prior to preregistration. Once the grades are in for the current semester, the student must immediately apply for admission. If not granted admission prior to the beginning of the next semester, the student will be dropped from the 300 or 400 level COB courses.

Application to the College of Business

Applications cannot be submitted until grades for all courses required for admission are recorded on the student’s Degree Audit. Then to begin the application process, students must first read the Academic Integrity Policy.

Applications for admission to the College of Business will be reviewed and processed after grades have been posted by the Registrar’s Office. Confirmation of admission will be sent using WSU e-mail addresses to each student majoring or minoring in the College of Business. After completing the form, please allow approximately two weeks processing time.

Once you have been admitted, your Degree Audit will switch from a pre-major to your major area of study.

If you have been admitted to the College of Business and are still having difficulties registering, please contact the College of Business Advising Coordinator at collegeofbusiness@winona.edu for assistance.

College of Business Common Core (33 credits)

Accounting (6 credits)
Business Administration (15 credits)
Economics (6 credits)
Finance (3 credits)
Marketing (3 credits)


Over 85 percent of College of Business faculty hold terminal degrees in their respective fields of study. In addition to their dedication to teaching, the majority engage in significant ongoing research in business. Faculty members also bring to their teaching the knowledge they gain from regularly consulting with businesses and nonprofit organizations and from attending professional conferences, seminars, and workshops. Many business faculty participate in developing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching that help to broaden student perspectives. A number of faculty members promote and encourage collaborative projects engaging business partners.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for business majors continue to be strong and varied. Many graduates of the College of Business are employed by top accounting firms and leading international and domestic corporations. Some work in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. A significant number of WSU business majors attend graduate school sometime during their professional career.


All departments in the College of Business offer internship opportunities that allow students to gain valuable business experience before they graduate. Many of these internships lead to job opportunities immediately after graduation.

Study Away/Study Abroad

The College strongly encourages students to study abroad. Many short-term faculty-led programs or semester/summer opportunities are available in most regions of the world to help students meet major, minor, or graduation requirements. For more information, email: studyabroad@winona.edu or consult the study abroad website.


In addition to general university scholarships, a number of scholarships are designated for majors in the College of Business. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students should watch for the application deadlines during the spring semester and apply through the university’s online application process.

Student Organizations

Student organizations are available for majors and minors in the College of Business. These organizations provide students with numerous opportunities to prepare for their profession through attendance at conferences and workshops, interaction with practitioners in their field, and social networking. Student organizations are actively involved in bringing speakers to campus who present a broad range of business topics.

COB Speaker Series

The series features individuals who share their career paths, business expertise and their successes and sometimes failures in the business world. The presentations occur on a regular basis in both the fall and spring semesters and are open to College of Business students, faculty and other individuals who may be interested in the topic. The series is co-sponsored by the College of Business, the College of Business Student Advisory Board and Delta Sigma Pi.