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M.S. in Commerce | Admissions

Requirements and Eligibility

At McIntire, we view commerce as the purposeful exchange of goods, services, and ideas to strengthen and advance society, and we believe the future of commerce requires a new kind of leader—one with a rigorous, real-world skill set and a human-centered mindset. 

Our applicants are well-rounded individuals who demonstrate a passion for their chosen field of study and are evaluated based on the demonstration of mission-driven skills, knowledge, and character qualities that speak to their potential in these areas. While it is not anticipated that every candidate will exhibit all qualities, these characteristics inform the composition of each incoming class of students and align with McIntire’s overarching mission and educational goals.  

  • Academic excellence

  • Intellectual curiosity

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to collaborate

  • Awareness and ability to engage across differences 

  • Growth mindset

  • Initiative

  • Resilience and perseverance

  • Social engagement

  • Unique perspective

  • Personal and professional integrity 

As an applicant, you may choose to share and describe the experiences that have led you to develop these qualities through your application materials. 


Applicants must earn an undergraduate degree in liberal arts, science, or engineering from a regionally accredited college or university and have a strong record of academic achievement. To be eligible, you must have graduated or will be graduating within 18 months of matriculation. If you have an undergraduate major in business or equivalent coursework, you are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses prior to matriculation:

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Students should understand the basic framework of accounting, including underlying accounting concepts and constraints, that helps them in the preparation of financial records, financial statements, and analysis of the major financial statements.

Introduction to Microeconomics

Students should have gained an understanding of consumer and producer behavior, the nature of supply and demand, the different kinds of markets and how they function, welfare outcomes of consumers and producers, and the forces determining income distribution.

Introduction to Statistics

Students should understand the basic framework of probability and statistical theory, including displaying and describing data, relationships in data, design of experiments, causation, random sampling, probability, statistical inference, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, and regression and correlation.

UVA Statistics courses that qualify to serve as a prerequisite are STAT 1120 (This course is typically not offered. Credit for this course is given for a score of 4 on the AP Exam), STAT 2020, STAT 2120, SOC 3120, SOC 3130, ECON 3720, EDLF 2080, EVSC 5030, LPPA 4240, PPOL 4240, LPPA 3640, PSYC 2005, APMA 3110, and APMA 3120.   

Prerequisite coursework is not required at time of application but must be completed by Aug. 1.

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