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A liberal arts education is key to a successful professional career, and McIntire strongly desires that students complete a minimum of two academic years before enrollment. Students spend this time combining liberal arts and business prerequisite courses; this preparation is critical to students' success at McIntire and their long-term professional development.

Commerce Prerequisite Courses

Before entering the McIntire School of Commerce, students must complete a minimum of 54 credits (including any test credits, transfer credits, and courses taken at UVA), including the following courses:

Commerce Classes Suggested Year for Completion
COMM 1800: Foundations of Commerce First
COMM 2010: Introduction to Financial Accounting Second
COMM 2020: Introduction to Management Accounting Second


Non-Commerce Classes Suggested Year for Completion
First Writing Requirement1 First

Humanities/Engagements Credits1

  • 6 credits of Humanities for students in the Traditional or Forums Curriculum (students in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 must complete 3 credits before enrollment and 6 credits before graduation) OR
  • Complete the 8 credits of Engagements for students in the New Curriculum
First or second
STAT 21202: Introduction to Statistical Analysis OR higher level First or second

Calculus: MATH 1190, 1210, 1310 OR higher level

First or second
ECON 2010: Principles of Economics: Microeconomics First or second
ECON 2020: Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics First or second
Foreign/World Language3: Completion through the 2020 level First or second

1 First Writing, Humanities/Engagements requirements as defined in the Record, College of Arts & Sciences.

2 AP or transfer credit for STAT 1120 will also satisfy this requirement.

3 Foreign/World language requirements as defined in the Record, College of Arts & Sciences. After admission, foreign language prerequisite courses may, with prior approval, be completed by transfer during the summer before enrollment, but must be completed before entering the School.

Frequently Asked Questions 


What Calculus course should I take?

  • There are several Calculus sequences taught at UVA. Every student's path is different; read this blog post to get more insight on the many ways to successfully complete this requirement.

Do you already have credit for one of the above prerequisite courses?

  • The McIntire School accepts the same Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT II credit, course waivers, transfer credits, or exemptions as other schools at the University of Virginia. 

Thinking of taking an equivalent or substitute of a prerequisite at UVA or elsewhere?

  • Equivalents or substitutions of any prerequisites taken at the University or elsewhere should be approved in advance. If a course is in the College of Arts & Sciences, please contact the appropriate Undergraduate Program for approval. If a course is in the School of Commerce (course with a COMM mnemonic), send the course description to the McIntire Registrar at for approval. The McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission is available to advise students who wish to take prerequisite courses elsewhere.

I’m an Echols Scholar. Aren’t I exempt from many of the prerequisite courses?

  • Echols Scholars intending to apply to McIntire must complete all of the prerequisite courses, including the First Writing Requirement and Foreign Language through the 2020 level. 

Want to learn more about the prerequisite courses?

What other classes do I need to take for entry to McIntire?

  • The prerequisite courses, when taken in conjunction with the broad course requirements of the College curriculum, prepare students for McIntire’s intensive ICE curriculum, concentrations, and tracks. If students are looking for additional skill development, the following can serve as a guide:
    • Students are encouraged to take courses that emphasize oral and written communication skills as well as courses that emphasize moral reasoning and ethics.

    • Technical skills and capabilities are becoming increasingly important to help navigate today's digital landscape. This link has several online resources (free to UVA students) for learning basic coding, data analysis and statistical modeling skills. 

    • Students planning to concentrate in Finance are strongly encouraged to complete additional elective coursework in mathematics, particularly if they received AP or transfer credit for the math requirement.

    • Students planning to concentrate in IT or Finance are encouraged to take at least one course in computer programming (high school AP credit or higher) in a language such as Visual Basic, Java, C++, or C#. ​

Walk-In Advising

Remember, every student's path is different; students are encouraged to attend Walk-In Advising for one-on-one assistance.

Course Equivalencies for Prospective Transfer Students

Prospective transfer students may use the College of Arts & Sciences' Transfer Credit Equivalencies to identify comparable courses at their current institution. 

Requirements for students enrolled in the B.S. in Commerce Program

Details involving the curriculum of the B.S. in Commerce Program can be obtained by visiting the  Undergraduate Program Academics page.