Business Scholars Program

The Business Scholars Program at Saint Louis University's Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business allows students to complete any undergraduate business degree in only three calendar years, including summer courses. This unique SLU program helps you start the next phase of your life a year earlier, saving time and money.

The Business Scholars curriculum has the same content and credit-hour requirements as the traditional four-year degree but is structured to allow students to earn their degree in three years. Scholars generally take six classes each fall and spring semester and one to two classes over the summer.

As long as the Business Scholars curriculum plan is followed, these students have guaranteed enrollment in their scheduled business courses, benefit from specialized advising and mentoring, and are awarded a scholarship if they remain on track to graduate in a three-year period. 

High school seniors applying for admission are reviewed on an individual basis. The best-qualified students are selected from the application pool with a required minimum high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale.

Standardized test scores are optional but recommended. International applicants may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants should note that students accepted in previous years had an average composite 30-plus ACT or an average total 1330-plus SAT.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 1 2
CORE 1600 Ultimate Questions: Theology 3
BIZ 1000 Business Foundations (meets CORE 1500) 1 1
CORE 1900 Eloquentia Perfecta 1: Written and Visual Communication 1 3
MATH 1320
Survey of Calculus (meets CORE 3200) 2
or Calculus I
ECON 1900 Principles of Economics 3
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
CMM 1200
Public Speaking (meets CORE 1200) 2
or Communicating in Groups and Teams
BIZ 1100 Business in Action 1
BIZ 1002 Business Foundations Excel Lab 0
ACCT 2200 Financial Accounting 3
BTM 2000 Introduction to Business Technology Management 3
ECON 3120
Intermediate Macroeconomics
or Intermediate Microeconomics
OPM 2070 Introduction to Business Statistics 3
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology (meets CORE 3600) 3
Year Two
ACCT 2220 Accounting for Decision Making 3
BTM 2500 Data Modeling, Analysis and Visualization 3
ECON 3140
Intermediate Microeconomics
or Intermediate Macroeconomics
FIN 3010 Principles of Finance 3
IB 2000 Introduction to International Business (meets University Core Attribute: Global Interdependence) 3
MGT 3000 Management Theory and Practice 3
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 3
BIZ 3000 Career Foundations (meets CORE 3500) 1
MKT 3000 Introduction to Marketing Management 3
OPM 3050 Introduction to Management Science and Operations Management 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Elective in Business or Other Areas 2
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
MGT 2000 Legal Environment of Business I 3
Year Three
PHIL 2050 Ethics (meets University Core Attribute: Dignity, Ethics & a Just Society) 3
CORE 4000 Collaborative Inquiry 3
CORE 4500 Reflection-in-Action 0
ENGL 4000 Professional Writing 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Elective in Business or Other Areas 3
CORE 3800 Ways of Thinking: Natural and Applied Sciences 3
Elective that Satisfies University Core Attribute: Identities in Context 3
MGT 4000 Strategic Management and Policy 3 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Major Requirement Course 3
Elective in Business or Other Areas 2
Electives in Business or Other Areas 6
 Total Credits120

Must complete in first 36 credit hours at SLU.


Must complete in first 60 credit hours at SLU.


Must have completed all other Business Common Body of Knowledge courses.